TNVC recently ran our final Armed Professional class of the year at our “home” range in Alliance, Ohio on October 1-3. This is a staple location in our training from the very beginning, and it really ends up being like old home week when we are there. We had 15 highly motivated students in the class; largely composed of civilian students, most of whom were recent Nightfighter 101 graduates.
The weather was, well, Alliance weather. Of course, we got wet, but not too bad and we avoided much of the heavy stuff through breaks. The weather did help with a great training opportunity to show the effects that humidity, inversion layers, lack of wind and smoke from gunfire can all combine to significantly reduce image intensification capabilities. Illumination throughout the weekend was nearly perfect for NVG use.
The class had a healthy mixture of monoculars and binoculars. We did not have any goggle-related issues or problems.
We saw primarily red dots on the carbines—a lot of students running high mounts too. Again, with the large percentage of the class completed our Nightfighter 101 or similar courses, the understanding of the value of high mounts was evident.
Student gear and equipment issues were minimal. We did have a MAWL which had troubles with the propeller cap moving. A little bit of lubrication and letting it sit overnight solved that problem. We also had a department issued DBAL A3 have trouble with its illuminator. It seemed sporadic in its function and will likely go back to Steiner for a tune up.
Armed Professional in Alliance is so much fun to teach; the off-campus training that we can get there is unmatched at any other venue we teach at. Walking through the woods, going into real structures, and walking downtown under NVGs is a blast to do, and we really appreciate the opportunity to provide this training to our students.
We had an industry partner and fellow trainer at the course—Jon from Kinetic Consulting. He is a personal and professional friend, and we enjoy having other instructors in the courses. They can always add a great piece of knowledge here and there, and it is fun to see them continuing their learning.
We will announce our 2022 schedule later this month. There are some small changes coming to our training program, and we are excited about that. The best way to find out about the schedule will be to sign up for the newsletter of follow us on social media.
We are proud to be associated with the Alliance Police training facility, and we cannot say enough good things about the work Joe Weyer does to help us have great classes. If you have the chance to train there, you should really take advantage of it. Great location, amazing training opportunities and some super trainers train there.
Additionally, several companies generously stepped up to offer students swag and such 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