Low Light Essentials

Low Light Essentials #7 – Gear – Long Gun Sights and Lasers

Long Gun Sights The best option for low light use for most people is an Aimpoint red dot. They work great in conjunction with a white light and they’ll work if you mount some sort of NV behind them. They have a long battery life, they are durable, reliable… pretty much everything you could hope to want in an optic. A decidedly inferior option to the red dot sight, the various tritium equipped iron sights [...]

Low Light Essentials #8 – Gear – Ammunition

Something VERY few people ever stop to consider is how their carry ammo performs in low light. Most people have never shot their carry ammo at night and have no idea what sort of issues it can cause for them. I talked earlier about the “flashbulb” effect that too bright of a light can cause and why that happens. The same concern exists with the muzzle flash from various types of ammunition. Believe it or not [...]

Low Light Essentials #9 – Training – Hand-held Light Techniques

If you’ve read the article to this point you’ll remember that different handheld light techniques have been mentioned but not explained.I want to take some time to describe some of the most used flashlight techniques. The general idea behind the use of a handheld light and a handgun is to index both the hotspot of the light and the sights of the handgun in the same place.The terms I’m using are fairly [...]

Low Light Essentials #10 – Training – Hand-held Light – The FBI Technique

The FBI technique involves holding the flashlight in your weak hand and holding it above your head and to the left or right at the full extension of your arm. Think of the Statue of Liberty and imagine that instead of a torch in her upraised hand that she has a flashlight and that instead of a tablet in her other hand she’s instead pointing a handgun at eye level and you’ve pretty much got it. Strengths The [...]

Low Light Essentials #11 – Training – Hand-held Light – The Neck Index Technique

The neck index involves holding the light in your weak hand along your jaw line.Your arm is pulled back into the body and it remains locked in place as does your neck.The general idea here is that when you turn you turn your entire torso sort of like the turret on a tank.In theory this essentially indexes the light wherever your head is turned, making it easier to index the light and the sights of your weapon in the same [...]
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