What is the Slice The Pie Tactic? Does it Work?
“Slicing the pie” is one of the most basic tactics. The Slice the Pie tactic is extremely useful for clearing a room, hallway, or rounding a corner.
Essentially, this tactic is best used when approaching a chokepoint, and trying to move through to the other side.
A chokepoint is an area of concern in a potentially dangerous situation, and the best example is a doorway into a room.
There is only one way to enter a room: through the door.
If a shooter is inside the room, and wants to stop someone from entering the room, what’s the easiest way to do so? Simple, aim at the door and shoot anyone that walks in.
Without “slicing the pie” the most likely way to enter the room would be to waltz straight through the door.
If there was a potential shooter inside that room, you would be an extremely easy target.
Going through a chokepoint in a potentially hostile environment is extremely dangerous.
Slicing the pie allows you to be much safer as you enter the room, and if you are in a truly dangerous situation, it will allow you to engage the target before he or she can engage you.
So, ready to learn more about slicing the pie?
The Basics Slicing The Pie Tactic
This tactic is named for a much easier reason than you are probably thinking. Think about when you are slicing a pie.
The pieces of pie fan out from the center of the pie, meaning that they start very narrow, and get wider as it approaches the crust of the pie.
To apply this to clearing a room or a hallway, think of the end of the door frame or the end of the wall before it opens up into a hallway as the center of the pie.
From there, think about the slices of pie extending out from the center.
Basically, what you are going to do is smoothly and methodically clear where you are trying to go in sections.
Slicing the Pie in a Doorway
Slowly approach the door, while walking alongside the wall. Your weapon should be shouldered and ready to go, in case there is a threat.
Once you get to the point along the wall where you can barely see into the room, you have identified your first “slice.” You will clear that one sliver of room, and then slowly inch forward.
Each time you inch forward, you will see more and more of the room. Another way to say it is that each inch forward reveals another slice of pie.
As you inch forward, clear all of these “slices” of the room, all the way from the door to as far as you can see into the room (hopefully to the back wall). Once You have made your way into the doorway, you have cleared all the “slices” of the room.
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Slicing the Pie in a Hallway and Elsewhere
You will take a very similar approach. However, rather than a doorframe, you will be inching around the corner of a wall and clearing down a hallway.
This tactic is very widely applicable. In any situation where there is some type of chokepoint with some cover, you could use this technique to slowly and safely clear the area beyond.
It is extremely useful for going around and between buildings in an urban setting.
It could be used for clearing through a window. It could be used for clearing any number of obstacles.
The basis of the tactic is extremely simple, and once you have mastered the basics, you will find that you will be able to apply this technique in many different areas.
Keep a foot or two between yourself and the wall. This will allow you to inch around the wall slower, without exposing too much of your body.
Take it slow. Your natural instinct will be to move through the motions very fast. However, going too fast is when you are most likely to miss things. Take your time, be safe, and be sure that the area you are visually clearing is actually clear.
Watch the barrel of your weapon. If you are attempting to try and take anyone in the room by surprise, be sure to keep your barrel out of the doorframe. As you are inching around and clearing the room, if your barrel is sticking into the doorway, it will be a dead giveaway that you are there.
Don’t be afraid to safely practice this technique. If you are worried that you may one day need to use this tactic, it certainly won’t hurt to take a few practice runs. Make sure your weapon is clear and no one is in the room, but maybe try clearing into your bedroom once or twice, to give you an idea what the technique should feel like.
“Slicing the pie” is an extremely basic tactic. However, in a situation in which you might need it, it is an absolutely vital skill to have.
If you ever find yourself having to enter a potentially dangerous room, you will be glad that you are familiar with this technique.
Knowing this could very well be the difference between life and death in an extremely dangerous situation. Remember, don’t move too fast!
Check out this YouTube video for a demonstration on how to use this technique!