Fighting in the Dark

Fighting in the Dark

Prevailing in Low-Light Encounters

Harries Lighting TechniqueIt is dark for 50% of your life. Therefore, it stands to reason that the potential for violent encounters to occur at night is very high. Do you know how to utilize your firearm in conjunction with a flashlight or weapon mounted light? Have you ever fired your firearm at night? Do you know how the human eye adapts to be able to see better in low-light environments? Do you know how to use your light as a force-multiplier and control your attacker's visual horizon? 

After this course, you will!

Prevailing in Low-Light Environments

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We have already shared our belief that All Fighting Guns Should Come with Lights... However- the fact is: they don't! You have to be able to defend yourself with your firearm in low-light environments. While I would always prefer to have a weapon mounted light, it is also vital to be able to utilize Free-Hand Lighting Techniques with a flashlight. We will cover the most common preferred methods of lighting techniques as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

We will work on demonstrations with each other to understand how to control the visual horizon of someone with our flashlight, providing us the ability to create space or close distance on our attacker without them being able to visually track our movement. We will also work on how we can use our lights to not "paint" ourselves or "draw lines" from us to our attackers. When used in conjunction with night-sights, we will have the ability to already have proper sight-alignment prior to illuminating our target. We will also work on how to manipulate our firearm (reloads, malfunction correction, etc.) with a foreign object (flaslight) in our hand.

Course Information:

Required Gear

  1. Rifle/Handgun (depending on the course)
  2. Minimum of 2 magazines (preferably 3)
  3. Holster (if your firearm uses a weapon mounted light, have a holster that supports your firearm's setup)
  4. Magazine Carrier
  5. Flashlight (preferably two) with extra set of batteries
  6. Suggest Weapon Mounted Light (though not required)
  7. Minimum of 250 rounds of ammunition (though extra ammo won't go bad!)
  8. Notepad and Pen
  9. Hat with a Brim
  10. No low-cut shirts (the brass will burn you!)
  11. Tennis Shoes or Boots that you can move around in
  12. Eye/Ear Protection (we can provide this if needed)

 

Why Train For Dark Environments?

In our article about Illuminating Your Target Prior to Shooting It, we provided numerous tragic examples where people accidentally shot their loved ones because they didn't properly identify their target in a low-light environment prior to engaging it. As a result, they took the lives of their own friends and family members. Imagine the life of grief that follows, which could have been prevented by a $30 flashlight and some proper training.

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