What is a Fatal Funnel?


(ModernSurvival.org) – A “fatal funnel” is a term often used by law enforcement and military personnel to designate a choke point. These are thresholds or areas of transition, such as doorways, stairwells, or hallways, where there is no cover or concealment and movement is limited.

For example, moving through a doorway is considered a fatal funnel. The walls surrounding the door hamper the view into the next room, giving the bad guy a perfect opportunity to set up an ambush. When moving through a fatal funnel, the key is to get out of it as quickly as possible.

Why Knowing This is Important…

Being able to recognize a fatal funnel could be the difference between life and death in any scenario where a conflict is imminent. The enemy combatant doesn’t have to have a firearm to make use of a fatal funnel, either. Standing beside a door with a baseball bat waiting for someone to walk through can be devastating, as well.

Remember, it isn’t just a home invader or armed gunman who can use a fatal funnel to their advantage. By identifying potential fatal funnels in the home, these can be used against an intruder should the need to defend yourself or your family arise.

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