Low Light Pistol Techniques - William Steven House
Shot my first pistol low light course Nov. 21st with Sparrow Defense (Clark Sparrow as trainer) with no history, background or previous preparation other than borrowing a tactical flashlight. The course consisted of Safety Briefing, Shooting ‘warm up’ and performing the Oconee County law enforcement low light course during daylight hours to benchmark before sundown. After sunset, Clark proceeded into the lecture portion of training which consisted of the physiological mechanics of the eyes in low light settings, overview of around 8 low light tactical methods and partner practice and Georgia law OCGA 6-3-21 on use of deadly force. For safety minded individuals (which everyone SHOULD be (and was), there was a trained medic on site and additional safety officer. Then the real fun began. We proceeded to shoot at close range NO LIGHT to learn about flash picture, shot several strings with each of the flashlight techniques (weapon light added for those who had them), and redo the Low Light course. Personally, I was surprised to pass the course in dark due to the training and practice provided. For me, if not for two rounds off, I would have performed better at night than day. Although I have no comparison experience, I would STRONGLY recommend the course to ‘beginners of low light’ shooting, as well as, those with experience who do not get to shoot on a regular basis as shooting is a perishable skill. How could I forget the icing on the cake, a house clearing COF at the end with no dry run so you could actually react vs gaming the process. It was a blast!!! My appreciation goes out to the staff for creating a safe and effective class. Oorah!!! Ex-Army 11 bravo.
Sun, November 23, 2014