Common Cover Materials

Any material that protects a Marine from small arms fire can be used for cover. Some common materials include sandbags, trees, logs, and building debris. Table 6-1 presents some common materials and their minimum thickness required for protection from small arms fire.

Table 6-1. Minimum Thickness for Protection Against Small Arms.

Material

Minimum Thickness (in inches)

Concrete

7

Broken stone (rubble)

20

Dry sand

24

Wet sand

35

Logs (oak)

40

Earth (packed)

48

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