I had the opportunity to attend a low light shooting match at a local indoor range yesterday evening. My goal for the evening was to observe closely so I didn’t shoot it. The format consisted of clearing three rooms and a hallway constructed of plastic sheets. It was done three times with targets moved around each time. The shooters had a look at the layout lighted the first time but subsequent stages were not.
Non-threat targets (Don’t Shoots) were designated with hands painted on them.
These non-threat targets were interspersed among the threat targets.
Some of the shooters had weapon mounted lights but many did not.
A few observations:
- Some attendees, although regular shooters, had never shot while using a flashlight.
- Most of the shooters had some familiarity with flashlight technique but mostly on a theoretical basis.
- The cadence of shooting, in terms of splits, transitions, and moving from position to position, really slows down when using a flashlight in low light.
- The difference in light intensity when going from almost no light,
to illuminating with a high intensity light
can be momentarily disconcerting, even to the person holding the light.
Matches like these represent the practical application of theoretical techniques. They are a valuable exercise for everyone who participates.
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