Introduction to Low-Light/No-Light - Instructor: Will Petty

The unfortunate reality of self-defense is that we may be faced with a lethal threat in low or fading light. Introduction to Low-light/No-light was developed off of what is taught in our intermediate courses; therefore it is required for students to provide documentation of prior training. The focus of the course is on implementation of handheld and weapon-mounted lights and techniques designed to increase the shooters confidence, competency and survivability in conditions of diminished visibility.

  • Understand reasons for low-light training
  • Safety considerations specific to low-light training
  • Ocular anatomy and physiology
  • Identify and define various lighting conditions and how they effect us
  • Key features and selection of a defensive flashlight and support equipment
  • Five primary flashlight applications
  • The use of a handheld light as a search tool and deterrent
  • The use of handheld lights with a handgun
  • The use of weapon mounted lights with a handgun
  • Balance of Speed and Accuracy with use of illumination tools
  • Multiple target engagement
  • Malfunction clearance in low/no light

Class Details

Class Length

— 8 Hours

Class Requirements

  • 300 Rounds of Ammo
  • A functional and practical handgun chambered in 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 ACP with a sturdy, functional holster that provides adequate retention during fast-paced drills. Each student should have at least 4 working magazines.
  • A quality, reliable handheld flashlight, purpose-built for self-defense (SUREFIRE PRODUCTS are the only products recommended by M3 Strategies)
  • Weapon mounted lights on both the primary and secondary weapon are an excellent idea.
  • Note pad and pen
  • Appropriate range clothing
  • Ear and eye protection
  • A rigid belt capable of supporting your secondary weapon and spare magazines
  • A holster and magazine pouch that will retain equipment when moving
  • Tools, cleaning gear and weapon lube
  • A willingness to learn
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