I had a chance to train with Jeff and Robyn Street of Step By Step Gun Training over the weekend at the night version of their “Shoot N Scoot” training event, and I learned a lot about how my carry gear works in low-light and no-light conditions.
- Dry-fire is good, but there is no substitute for shooting ammo.
I’ve developed a nasty habit of riding the recoil which is sending my shots high, and dry-fire will NOT help with that. Time to shoot more matches and put in some old-fashioned range time to cure that.
- There is no substitute for a laser when it comes to long-range shooting at night.
Pinging away at a piece of steel that is 1/2 the size of a USPSA target that is 30 yards distant, in the dark, without using your sights will make you trust your laser.
- There is no substitute for candlepower.
The Streamlight TLR-6 on my Shield is good. The laser dot is easy to pick up at night, and the flashlight gives you enough illumination to discern targets out to 15 yards or so. A Viridian C5L green laser is better. MUCH better. That sucker is almost like a searchlight, it’s so bright. You want hits with a laser at night? Go green, it’s worth the money.
- Battery life matters.
I left the red dot glowing on the Vortex Sparc that’s on top of my trunk gun, and it was dead when I tried to use it in this event, and like a moron, I did not have a spare with me.
That’s been rectified. Lesson learned.
This is now the fourth time I’ve trained at night, and I continue to learn things about what gear and techniques actually work when the lights go out. If you’ve not trained at night, I highly recommend you do so. We are sight hunters, and we spend half our lives in the dark. It’d be a good thing to learn how to save our lives when there is little to no light around to help us see.