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    The most obvious solution to a lack of light is to bring a light source with you. These days there are literally thousands of light options out there. Practically every home in America has a tried and true Mag-Lite in it. This is a good thing as they are durable, dependable lights that almost...
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    The Surefire lights mentioned before are not the ONLY options on the market worth considering, however. Surefire makes a wide range of lights in all sorts of sizes and configurations that work fairly well. Some other companies make some decent lights as well. If someone wants a simple...
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    For as long as there have been flashlights, there have been people wishing they could mount them to a weapon. If you've ever tried to use a hand held light in conjunction with a weapon it becomes instantly clear that doing so is a pain in the neck. It's awkward, uncomfortable, and I've never met...
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    There are many more options out there for long gun lights than there are for handgun lights. While this means more choice, it can also mean more confusion about what you need. There are essentially two basic categories of long gun lights: Dedicated weapon lights, and mounts that let you use...
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    Handgun Sights At a bare minimum you NEED a tritium dot in your front sight. Ever since the handgun was invented people have been trying various methods to make the front sight easier to see, especially in low light. In the old days guys used to paint their front sight a loud color to help it...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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