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When is the last time you trained manipulating a light source with your firearm? We are not asking what’s your favorite brand name of light. Not asking if you have a pistol mounted light or prefer a handheld light. We are not even asking what low light techniques you prefer; the question is when have you actually trained low light in some manner this year?  If you have trained this important skill, great! However from our general (unscientific) surveys, we have found this is the one area of pistolcraft where shooters say its the most important skill and yet train it the least.

What better place to train lowlight than in your own home. Of course there is a lot of training material regarding low light, and different opinions whether to use a handheld light, light attach the pistol, etc., but some training is better than none. What better environment to train then your castle, at your convenience. As noted in the accompanying video, you know your own house and you can invest some time in training to know main entry points, where you can see reflections, the obstacles and use this information to your advantage.


Validate on the range:

live fire at night with brass in the air shooting Glock 19

Although we would love to train live fire at night, practically speaking, this is difficult. However, you can validate your grip on the range.

It’s very difficult to train low light live fire. Most ranges do not allow movement and shutting the lights off.  However, you can train pistol manipulation and in particular shooting strong hand only and ensuring that you don’t get malfunctions. If you do get a malfunction, you can learn how to work through the malfunction as well manipulating your light source. You may learn that a malfunction is impossible or unsafe to clear with one hand using a light source. You may learn you want a pistol mounted light so you can use both hands.  Either way the operative word is “learning,” you’re actually doing and learning more on this very important skillset.

 


Safety

Training has to be sustainable. And to be a stainable you have to have the highest safety protocols in place. Absolutely no ammunition when training in the house.  Definitely switch on the trigger take up sensor to make sure  you are not “trigger searching,” that is, feeling for the trigger with your trigger finger, when the lights are off.  If you own a traditional SIRT 110 (having functional feature of the Glock 17/22), the lower red laser on your SIRT is activated when the trigger is fully prepped, that is, the slack of out and the trigger taken up and the trigger is pressed approximately halfway.

Our new SIRT 107 (having functional features of a Smith&Wesson M&P) has a new addition of an adjustable take up sensor where the lower red laser of the SIRT can be activated with less trigger travel.  Either way, just make sure you keep your finger off the trigger until actually ready to shoot.  We have anecdotally found that people are more prone to put their finger on the trigger when the lights go out. We have interface with numerous law-enforcement firearm instructors who deal with officers where lights go out and students instinctively put their finger goes on the trigger before they’re ready to shoot.  So just be aware of this natural human tendency and mentally grind in, ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.

Michael Seeklander executing a low light live fire drill

Michael Seeklander executing a low light live fire drill

Where do I go from here?

Training.

Our good friend, Michael Seeklander, has a class on Low light at his American Warrior Society. If this important topic interests you, don’t hold back, jump into some training and dive deeper.

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Travis Haley is a fluid shooter who combines biomechanic principes with shooting skills

Travis Haley on Working Out with Proper Biomechanics on Shooting

Travis Haley practices in his daily life getting in and out of positions, his general body mechanics as a lifestyle on and off the range. POSITION WORK: Haley discusses position work such as just taking a knee. Haley stresses instead of just stepping narrow, step out to try to have three points of contact, the […]

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Mitigating liability when shooting a lethal threat. Showing upward trajectory of bullet

Shooting Head Shots with Upward Angle to Mitigate Liability

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Gulla Single Hand Defensive Shooting

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Don Gulla with SIRT Getting Head Offline with Single Hand Return Fire to Head

Getting Head Out of Kill Zone and Returning Fire to Head of Threat with Single Hand Shooting

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Acceptable Accuracy

Do you shoot to maximize your speed and accuracy?  If you want to maximize your speed and accuracy you have to strive to get “acceptable hits” not “perfect center hits”.

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Introduction to Concealed Carry Live Fire

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Concealed Carry

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Tony Blauer Final Installment

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Blauer on Flinch Response

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Blauer on Flinch ResponseThis is the fourth video of MIke Hughes interviewing Tony Blauer. Tony suggests training fine motor skills at elevated heart rate so they are available for us when our heart rate is elevated. One drill Tony does is hit the treadmill hard […]

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Tony Blauer on Flinch Training

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Blauer on Flinch Response

I grabbed Tony Blauer at ILEETA for a 5 minute interview that went for 45 minutes. Tony is passionate about training and this first video (of four) has some fantastic content related to getting higher pistol volume training from an ambush.  Blauer introduces the concept flinch which is our natural response to “noxious stimuli”, in plain terms a threat. Our “cross extensor reflex” is a survival mechanism is basically a flinch that has a relationship with combatives.

Blauer introduces the ASAP model that determines the nature of the flinch. ASAP standing for Awareness Suddenness Aggression Proximity which all affect the type of flinch. The flinch can range from a micro flinch to a full on face covering with the hands.
If a stimulus is experienced too quickly we will get a flinch. Our goal is to train and get a mental blue print to help convert a flinch more effectively.
You can not practice an ambush, if someone puts on a Hi-Gear suit…there is immediate threat discrimination so there can not be a true ambush. So we have to synthetically create an ambush in our minds to practice our complex mechanics from a flinch to drawing the gun.
Blauer challenges the traditional notion that complex motor skills are not capable under stressful situations, for untrained people yes, but you can train yourself to engage complex motor skills by training under elevated heart rate and stress conditions.

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Tony Blauer on ASAP: Awareness, Suddenness, Aggression and Proximity of Threats

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Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Part 6

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Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Series 2 Episode 1

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