TNVC recently ran our second Armed Professional class of the year, and our first at our “home” range in Alliance, Ohio on June 17-19. 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 12 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. At some points on night one, we could not effectively identify man-sized steel at 60+ meters. Illumination throughout the weekend was nearly perfect for NVG use.
The class was almost all running binoculars. We had one officer who ran his department issued PVS14. 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. Only one student did not have a dot on his handgun, but it did not affect his ability to complete the courses of fire; he just had to adjust his techniques to account for night sights and NVGs.
Student gear and equipment issues were non-existent. This is the benefit of a level 2 class—a lot of the gear shakedown occurs in Nightfighter 101, and they are ready to go for this class.
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 were lucky enough to have Zach from OTTE Gear come by on night one to showcase their gear, and let students check it out. They also generously provided a rad Aloha-themed belt for each student. We enjoy having industry partners at our classes, and they really enhance the course value to our students.
We slow down our teaching tempo for the summer, and then get back after it again in the fall. We have one more Armed Professional on the books right now in October, which is currently sold out. We do have a wait list for that class if you would like to attend, and there might be an opportunity late this year for one more. Stay tuned!
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