Had the chance to attend Chris's class last night for low light carbine operator. This was designed as a 4 hour, half-day workshop.
I think we had 8 students, and it was a good group. I think all of us had worked with Chris before in some way, shape or form. Started the evening off with a short re-introduction to range, and the safety and medivac plans. Then it was right in to about an hour of lecture and demonstration, discussing the intricacies of fighting in low or no light, such as equipment selection and placement, movement, transition work, etc. Then it was off to the range.
Because we were on an indoor range for night firing, everyone had to have either a .22 or pistol caliber carbine. People had a variety of weapons, from dedicated 22 ARs, to a Kel Tec carbine, to AR's with drop in 22 bolt conversions, to one with a GSG-9 (?), a 22 carbine made to resemble a HK MP5. Most functioned well, although one 22 bolt conversion went down, and having to use NY ban compliant 10 round magazines meant a lot of extra reloading in the dark practice for some. People also had a variety of weapon mounted lights, from push button end caps, to tape switch activated, to vertical foregrip integral lights.
We started off with some simple low light drills, ie using light to identify the target, light off and move, light up the target and shoot, light off and move again. From there we kept building up on skills, progressing to no ambient light, including shooting and moving, searching, target identification, etc. We ended the night in no light walking figure 8s in darkness, then on command doing a facing drill, moving and searching for designated targets, and engaging anywhere from 0-4 targets at a time.
Sadly, our time was up before we knew it. I think everyone agreed there would be a lot of benefit to making low light shooting a full day class on the indoor range. Some of the common mistakes seen were people accidentally activating their lights and giving away their position while walking/moving, sweeping across targets with their light activated instead of using momentary on/off, or activating their lights too soon while trying to come up on target.
I would definitely recommend the class, as this was the first time I'd ever done any training in low/no light, and I suspect that many of us are in the same boat. In fact, if Chris does make arrangements to make this a full day class, I'd definitely repeat it, because there's a lot more to fighting in low light than many people realize or appreciate. Besides me, I think everyone else also really enjoyed the class, and it was a lot of fun.