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A buttonhook is a room-entry technique in which an individual or individuals step around the opening of a door jamb and beyond the threshold of that opening, in order to minimize any exposure to the “fatal funnel”, and thereby allowing possession of the area entered.

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There are a few downsides to this type of entry:


  1. It propels the individual(s) into an unknown territory.
  2. The opening must be big enough to allow the individual(s) entry without obstructing the other person’s near simultaneous entry or to be hung up by either door jamb.
  3. It requires the individual(s) to be committed once the technique is attempted.
  4. The individual(s) entering the unknown might discover a suspect in an ambush position; the individual(s) is now at a disadvantage.


Buttonhook 1


Enter and clear the area with three personnel when possible, or at a minimum two. Intend to startle and overwhelm any suspect who may be inside. Move at the speed you can control while maintaining coverage of all tactical angles of the uncleared areas. Communicate as necessary. Entry can be done while pivoting off the door jamb or by pivoting off the floor; have a stable, fluid movement while entering.



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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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