How to use sandbags to build fighting positions during a time of war that can stop bullets and even shrapnel from explosives.
Fighting Positions: Press Play
Although sandbags are a lot of work initially, they are actually better than a brick or cement wall when it comes to building your fighting positions. This is because a brick or cement wall will actually break down faster. Eventually, the gunfire/shrapnel will cause the wall to fall apart and expose you.
However, dirt can take a lot more of a beating before it starts to erode enough to where it is no longer providing cover.
More is Better
First I'd like to help you avoid a mistake that I made when building my fighting positions. And that was thinking that a few bags were going to be enough to create the cover that I needed. It actually took me about 150 bags just to build one fighting position.
It is important to create enough space so that you can have help with the injured while you are fighting off the enemy. This also gives you more room to maneuver.
You can get the sandbags that I purchased here.
Fighting Positions: Height
The fighting positions that I have staged around my house are no higher than 7 layers of sandbags. This makes it easier for you to jump/step over the wall if you have to (especially important if you are wearing body armor.)
How to Build Subtle Fighting Positions
If you're not looking to be obvious when creating your fighting positions, you can build them along the wall from INSIDE your home. This is especially helpful if you are wanting to build a safe room.
To expound, dirt is fairly easy to come by, stack and position. It is a great, low cost method of fortifying your home.
The Trick Behind Stacking Sandbags
- Stack 2 deep
- Crisscross the bags
- Alternate which direction the bags are facing
- Take advantage of doorways (this way, you can retreat back into the building to care for the wounded while still under cover from the sandbags)
Leave Your Fighting Positions Open
An important thing to remember with these fighting positions is that you want them to be open towards the inner parameter so that your injured can be dragged away from the fight and administered to without getting shot.
To clarify, you don't want to have sandbags all the way around your fighting position. You want to leave a large enough gap to enable to you move the injured, or back up without exposing yourself.
Inner Perimeter and 360 Security
When you are building your fighting positions, remember you want to create a 360 degree security for the INNER perimeter.
Why the inner perimeter? You do NOT want to put your fighting positions at the edge of your property because it will be difficult to run supplies back and forth (you'll be exposing your runner every time.) This is especially dangerous if you're up against a sniper.
If you found value in this article, please share it with everyone that you can. Questions/Input? Feel free to leave a comment below.