MDFI – Low Light Pistol Class

After a full day of defensive pistol instruction we started low light / night shooting tactics and practice. Of course it is difficult to take photographs at night, but one of the students let the photographer use a night vision device to take some of (the green) photos of the students shooting at night

Fourteen students attended two days of defensive shooting classes taught by Steve Fisher of Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute. MDFI was invited by Tucson Guns and Western Artifacts, a gun store on Tucsons East Side. The classes were held north of Tucson at the Pima Pistol Club Shooting Range. The two days were divided into four parts, day one was Defensive Pistol Level Two, followed by a Low Light Pistol Class in the evening. Day Two was Defensive Carbine Level Two followed by an full evening of Low Light Carbine instruction. All the students learned a lot and skills improved. Here are four reviews of the two days of training along with some links and info on the instructors and hosts. If these reviews make you curious about firearms training, do some research and plan to attend a class. Firearms training is great fun, and it could possibly save your life one day

Low Light Pistol Class

General Information:

  • 3 Hour training.
  • Limited to 8 participants.

Pre-requisite:

  • CPL or other pistol marksmanship certification.

Topics Covered:

  • Class is held from late evening until after dark.

Requirements:

  • Clear shooting glasses.
  • A good flashlight and batteries.
  • Handgun.
  • Strong side holsters.
  • 400 rounds of ammunition.
  • 3 magazines.
  • Magazine holders.
  • Snacks and drink for 3 hours of training.

After a full day of defensive pistol instruction we started low light / night shooting tactics and practice. Of course it is difficult to take photographs at night, but one of the students let the photographer use a night vision device to take some of (the green) photos of the students shooting at night

While it was still dusk we went over lights, gear, mounts, carry options and finally use of both weapon mounted and hand held lights

Steve demonstrated how a light can be both a fighting tool and a distraction device in addition to a way to see better at night

Without the flash on the camera, it’s easier to see how effective a light can be to distract an aggressor. A light in the face in a dark area can be distracting enough to allow you to gain control or break away in a fight

Obviously shooting in the dark is more dangerous, but the skill level of the students and the competency of the instructors allowed us to enjoy two nights of shooting with zero safety incidents or accidents. In fact most students shot better at night because their attention was so focused on their shooting

One question that came up was the effectiveness of strobe feature on lights. Each student did a drill where they closed their eyes and on the command to fire, Steve flashed a strobe at their face while they opened their eyes and shot at the target. The contentious was that while it was distracting, no one had trouble shooting well even with the distraction

A photo of the strobe light drill with no flash or bight vision

Another drill was to shoot at a target with a light pointing back at you. Again this was distracting, but not impossible to make good hits on the target..no lights were harmed either

Playing with the night vision.. looking almost straight up at the big dipper, and seeing an IR laser pointer pointing at the hills beyond the range

A few photos, with no flash of night vision while a student shot a ‘box drill’. Notice how dark it really was. We had just a sliver of moon on the night of day one

Demo of a compensated Glock 23 in .40 cal. Sure it’s brighter than a non compensated, but didn’t stop the shooter from placing good hits on the target. And the flash happens so quick night vision was not totally lost

 

Next: Defensive Carbine – Level Two

This was Day One of a Two Day visit from MDFI in Tucson AZ

Day One – Pistol 2
Day Two – Carbine 2
Day One – Low Light Pistol
Day Two – Low Light Carbine

Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute is a Michigan-based training company that has been providing real-world firearms training to military, law enforcement, and qualified civilians since 2001.

Classes available for groups or individuals, beginners or advanced training.

www.MichiganTrainer.com

MDFI was brought down to Tucson by Tucson Guns and Western Artifacts.

Thanks to Bob, Scott and Shane. Also big thanks to the guys who also helped out by driving the Michiganers to and from the airport and to the range, to dinner, to the gun shop, etc.

We all look forward to seeing MDFI in Tucson again soon

American Confederation of Tactical Shooters
ACTS Purpose

To provide a sport in which Civilian rifle owners along with Military and Law Enforcement professionals can practice ‘real world’ shooting skills in a sporting venue that has not been offered by any other shooting discipline or association.

To promote the safe practical, proficient use of rifles. To foster sportsmanship and camaraderie among rifle owners, and to support and defend the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Are you interested in shooting an ACTS match?
Come down and check us out. Visitors are welcome, just check in at the office and let the range officers know who you are and they will get you a tour of the ranges, and you can talk to the shooters and see how the stages are shot. We are all proud of our safety record (zero incidents) and are happy to answer questions. If you live in Phoenix, Casa Grande, Benson, Serria Vista or anyplace else within driving distance. Come on down and shoot with us. You will literally have a blast. It’s not like shooting at any range you’ve shot before and the skills you’ll learn could one day save your life.