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The Intermediate Low Light Class for the Year-- Some Initial Thoughts: 22 Feb 14

We’ve finished the Intermediate Low Light class and the Low Light Classes for the year. Some observations: Shooters have found that shooting accurately with a flashlight is much more challenging than simply using a normal two-handed stance. In the intermediate class we still had problems with accurate shot placement. Practice shooting and manipulating the pistol with the light in hand and recovering the light dangling from the lanyard (reloading) is crucial. Happily, this can be done in daylight on the range and in our dry fire practice.

Several shooters in the basic classes disliked the Rogers/Cigar/Syringe (call it what you wish) technique only to find that it was necessary to use it while shooting around the left side of cover (right–handed shooter). We practiced shooting from cover in this class and several shooters discovered how unpleasant and challenging reflection off cover can be with high intensity lights.

Speaking of technique, a shooter who has attended all Low Light classes has come up with a new flashlight technique; we shall christen it the Bemus Technique. After I have had a chance to research its utility further I will publish more information and photos.

Light Dominance: The decision scenarios in the intermediate class required the shooter to identify and engage targets behind (simulated) car headlights and home invaders using flashlights. One shooter literally walked into a target without noticing it due to the car headlights overpowering his vision. This is where modern high intensity lights come into their own. Through experimentation we have discovered that a powerful light (300 lumens and up) overpowers a weaker light and permits the shooter to identify and engage targets that would otherwise be hidden from view.