TNVC recently completed another Nightfighter 101 class at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, NV. This was a large class, and we really enjoyed having that many students. After the combined lecture, we divided the class into two firing groups, and each group had its own NF101 cadre. The class had a healthy mix of law enforcement, military and civilians in the class; this class immediately followed a sold out Try Before You Buy the preceding night. We had a super time teaching all these classes.
We cannot say enough good stuff about the staff at the Pro Gun Club. They are eager to help, throw out amazing swag as door prizes, and offer a machine gun shoot for students to do if they are interested in doing so. They are amazing hosts and go out of their way to help with all aspects of getting the class together. This is another staple location for us, and we will continue to train here for the foreseeable future.
We could not have asked for better weather. Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Great illumination—we probably could have gotten away with not using goggles at times, but that is the nature of training at night; you have to adapt to all environmental conditions. Unlike most TNVC classes, we did not get wet at this class—but then again we were in the desert…
We saw a wide spread of night vision devices and student experience in class. I can say that again this was one of the more novice classes we have taught—which really shows the value of Nightfighter 101. We did not experience any night vision gear related issues in the class.
Weapons reliability was above average for this class. We did have a couple of guns go down at times, but from a maintenance and care perspective, we were pleased with the students’ efforts on lubrication and care to help keep guns up in the class. We did have a pin walk out of a lower in one group—an easy fix. But understanding how to diagnose that problem, in the dark, is important. The functions check for the AR15 is a simple, fast, and effective way to help a shooter determine what could be, or not be, wrong with their gun. And it works in all conditions, day or night.
Switchology was the word of this class. A lot of students had trouble with their switches (or lack thereof) and although practice prior to class is good, it also lacks the challenges of a class. Of course, the night monster is a real thing, and habits formed from practicing in your own controlled environment don’t always transfer over to a class where those decisions are controlled by the instructor.
We run a pretty aggressive tempo to our classes for working between the two relays. A lot of this has to do with working on a semi-reverse schedule, and we have a lot of training objectives we want to cover. Jamming mags prior to class, and having readily available food and drinks helps make your breaks more enjoyable, relaxing, and keeps our students alert and receptive to instruction. Small things like that can help you make the most of your breaks.
We did announce our 2022 schedule and reception exceeded expectations. We will return to the Vegas several times next year—we see students come from all over the west, and we want to continue to provide training here.
We cannot say enough about the hosts. Super friendly, eager to make sure that training was going right, and opened their amazing facility to us and our students.
Additionally, several companies stepped up to offer students swag and door prizes (everyone won something!) for their attendance. We really appreciate their generosity and are proud to have them associated with our classes.
Rite in the Rain
Phokus Research Group
Blue Force Gear