Shooting in the dark.

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Shooting in the dark.

Postby Mrknot » Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:56 am

Had our annual night match tonight, loads of fun!
A few observations about shooting in the dark:
Saw quite a few more malfunctions than what would normally be observed in a day match. My theory is that, A) folks probably are not noticing debris and junk that might find its way into the rifle unseen, and B) it is difficult to fix a problem when you can't see your hand in front of your face...not exactly confidence inspiring to be in the dark.
You can't help the former, but the latter can be helped by consistently practicing malfunction drills. Also, being able to load, (and clear), your weapon instinctively, without relying on vision, is very helpful.

Another notice was around weapon lights. Brighter is not ALWAYS better. it was pretty chilly out there, around 40 -ish degrees, and fairly humid. This made for a bit of fog. It also kind of amplified the smoke and steam from the gun. Those with mega-lumens lights often experienced a kind of white out from the wall of smoke, had to wait a couple of seconds between shots.
Those with lower powered lights, while not being able to see out past 75-100yds or so, did not experience this as badly.

3rd; night vision gear kicks major booty! :BFG:
A couple of guys, (both MDs with butt-loads of $$), had full-on NVGs with IR lasers. Basically, they walked away with the match. Usually, spending a crap-load of money on your gear does not make you a better shooter, this was most definately the exception to the rule though.

All-in-all, it was an awesome, and informative night. It's really good to do something out of the ordinary like this. When you get outside of your comfort zone, some real learning takes place.
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Re: Shooting in the dark.

Postby Red Star » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:18 am

Wow, that sounded like a most excellent event! 8-)
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Re: Shooting in the dark.

Postby Bob » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:53 am

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Re: Shooting in the dark.

Postby UnderDude » Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:19 pm

Can't see much right after that shot dude.....
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Re: Shooting in the dark.

Postby Red Star » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:23 pm

UnderDude wrote:Can't see much right after that shot dude.....


Bob has always had a flair for the dramatics. ;)


Rock on Bob! :mrgreen:
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Re: Shooting in the dark.

Postby Bob » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:51 am

A follow up shot would be like shooting ducks in the dark.
As I recall it was not as bad as an old school flash bulb.
But it is a single shot pistol...
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Re: Shooting in the dark.

Postby zbuddy » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:00 pm

Good points and thanks for sharing them.
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