Low Light Essentials

Low Light Essentials #12 – Training – Hand-held Light – The Harries Technique

The Harries technique is one of the more popular techniques out there, probably the single most popular technique among law enforcement.The Harries technique involves holding the flashlight in your weak hand, crossing your weak hand under your gun hand, and then pressing the back of your weak hand against the back of your strong hand. In this position you push your strong hand against your weak hand while pulling the [...]

Low Light Essentials #15 – Training – Hand-held Light Techniques Conclusions

Now you’ll notice that I listed the strengths and weaknesses of each light technique. Each technique has situations where it is utterly useless.This means you ***MUST*** learn MULTIPLE techniques and become proficient with them. I prefer the Rogers technique as my main light technique and I am a right handed shooter. If I attempt to use the technique on a corner that opens to my right, if I activate the light I am [...]

Low Light Essentials #16 – Training – General Principles of White Light Use

It has been said multiple times by this point but it bears repeating now: White light is a target indicator.Whenever you use it you are exposing yourself to whatever is out there in the dark potentially waiting to hurt you.As a general principle you want to use as little white light as you can get away with. The failing most common among the untrained or the poorly trained (and the frightened) is to lean entirely too [...]

Low Light Essentials #17 – Training – General Principles – “Enough” Light

This is where it all gets really mushy. There’s simply no way to put into words how you tell what is “enough” light and what is “too much” light.A good general rule is that you need less light than you feel like you need, but that can only take you so far.You really have to get out there and practice this stuff to develop the judgment necessary to figure out what is “too much” [...]

Low Light Essentials #18 – Training – The Importance of Darkness

While it is true that you can practice hand-held light techniques and use of the LIE method (incorporating movement) during daylight hours, you MUST take the time to run through some drills at night, even if you can only manage dry-fire drills.(Note: At some point you need to test your carry ammo in the dark to see what it does in the muzzle flash department and how that impacts your ability to see and effectively engage [...]

Low Light Essentials #19 – Training – Accuracy in Low Light

Accuracy becomes extremely important in low light conditions.When you take a group of relatively good shooters and run them through a series of drills in the daylight and then you take the exact same shooters and run the exact same drills in low light the *best*of them will shoot only about half as good as he did during the day. Everything gets more complicated in the dark.Accuracy is no exception. The accuracy standards [...]

Low Light Essentials #20 – Training – Lasers

I mentioned earlier that lasers take some dedicated practice to learn to use properly, and now I’ll expand on that.Lasers shoot a beam of light in a straight line. Firearms shoot a bullet in an arc. This means that the laser will not necessarily be where the bullet strikes. Lasers are meant to be an aiming reference similar to how a red dot operates on a carbine.The red dot on a carbine doesn’t cover the [...]

Low Light Essentials #21 – Training – Final Conclusions

And there you have it.Again, this is meant only to be a starting point for those who haven’t had the benefit of good low light training.Unfortunately good low light training is hard to find and while the knowledge is out there it’s often difficult for the beginner to find. Everything presented here is based on the low light training I have received, including the excellent Vickers/Hackathorn low light [...]

Low Light Essentials #14 – Training – Hand-held Light – The Push/Pull Technique

This is a relatively new technique that developed in response to the very small lights that have recently come on to the market like the Surefire E1B.The technique entails putting the head of the small light between the thumb and first fingers of your weak hand so that the tailcap of the small light rests against the base of your STRONG hand’s thumb.You then push slightly forward with the base of your thumb to [...]

Low Light Essentials #13 – Training – Hand-held Light – The Rogers Technique

The following is an explanation of the Rogers technique from M4Carbine.net member HeadHunter, an instructor at the Rogers shooting school. At the Rogers School, we teach the students to straddle the magazine catch with the middle finger and thumb of the right hand. We call this “making a tunnel” for the light. The light is then pressed against the groove between the two digits rather than against the [...]
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