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PRESENTED BY: Critical Dynamics, Inc. and Shooting Sports Academy LLC



The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report documents that most deadly force encounters will happen in low light or dark conditions. Criminals rarely attack in broad daylight; preferring instead to use the cover of darkness or low-light conditions to give them a tactical advantage. As such, a person's ability to safely and effectively use a defensive firearm may depend entirely on if they possess a flashlight, and if they possess the knowledge and skills to use that flashlight properly.


This single-day, six-hour program provides a comprehensive training curriculum centered upon the concepts, tactics, techniques, and considerations designed to increase the student's confidence and effectiveness while using a defensive firearm in low- or no-light conditions.


Students are taken through a ‘basics of safety’ then move into formal training on the anatomy and physiology of the human eye in low- to no-light conditions, light equipment selection, and the technical/tactical use of lighting equipment for effective navigation, target location, identification, and evaluation, weapon sighting, and target engagement.


This direct, hands-on training program aids in the development of the student’s skill-set for proper dry-fire and on-range live-fire training utilizing MSR (Motor Skill Reinforcement) exercises.


The course incorporates the use of live-fire drills to reinforce and validate the tactics and techniques taught during the training.


In addition, every course taught by us incorporates “dry drills” to maintain skills without live fire exercises.


(A thirty-minute lunch break is provided mid-day. Meals are the responsibility of

the student and are NOT provided. A 'brown-bag' lunch is highly recommended.)


Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:

        •        Anatomy & physiology of the human eye in reduced or low-light conditions

        •        Metrics of illumination and reduced or low-light

        •        Criminal & civil liability overviews

        •        Tactical lights (including styles, construction, activation methods, etc.)

        •        Tactical lighting considerations (Lumens vs Lux vs Candlepower)

        •        Flashlight portation and deployment

        •        Tactical issues associated with reduced or low-light combatives

        •        Tactical considerations of flashlight, laser, and ambient light use

        •        Using light as a weapon

        •        Target locating, identification, evaluation, and engagement

        •        Weapon-mounted light and/or lasers

        •        Firearms safety review

        •        Target analysis & diagnostics, and

        •        Live-fire practical scenarios and evaluation drills.


The Low-Light Techniques for Defensive Pistol class is taught by credentialed and certified law-enforcement tactical firearms instructors.


At a minimum, students must be able to demonstrate their understanding of basic firearms safety and handling concepts. Completion of a basic pistol course (NRA First Steps Pistol or Basic Pistol Course) or some other basics firearms familiarization program is preferred but not required. The Training Lead reserves the right to excuse any student who does not possess basic safety and/or handling skills.


1. Semi-automatic Pistol or Revolver - chambered in one of the following calibers: .380acp, 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W, .357, .38 SPL, .45acp or .45 GAP. It is HIGHLY recommended that students bring and train with the firearm that they plan to use or carry for defensive purposes.

2. Sturdy Waist Holster is required. IWBs are permitted, provided that they support easy one-handed re-holstering.

ABSOLUTELY NO: cross-draw rigs, shoulder holsters, or drop-leg (thigh) holsters.  (Certified law enforcement officers and certified "blue card" armed security officers are permitted to work with drop-leg holsters if it is a holster they are issued by their department/agency or required for duty purposes.)

3. Flashlight - It is preferable that you bring a compact, high-powered tactical flashlight with a button or a switch to activate. Tailcap buttons are ideal. Weapon-mounted lights will NOT be utilized in this program. Students are asked to bring a handheld option.


NOTE: This flashlight offers outstanding performance at an unbeatable price:


4. Ammunition - 150 rounds. Ammunition should be factory-manufactured. Reloads are NOT allowed. Having Difficulty getting Ammo, not to worry we have plenty.


5. Snap-Caps/Dummy Rounds - Students should bring a MINIMUM of two (2) snap-caps or dummy rounds PER MAGAZINE. (2 magazines = 4 snap-caps, 3 magazines = 6 snap-caps, etc.) These may be purchased from retail outlets like Bass Pro Shops or your local firearms retailer Don't worry... we always have loaners!


6. Magazines/Speed Loaders - students should bring a MINIMUM of two (2) magazines or two (2) speed loaders (for revolvers.) Three magazines or speed loaders are ideal. It is recommended that students have magazine pouches or speed loader holders.


7. Eye Protection, Ear Protection, and Baseball Style Cap - Sunglasses may be worn in conjunction with a baseball cap with the bill worn forward. Safety glasses must be of the wrap-around type or employ side panels. If wearing prescription glasses, they must be covered with safety glasses unless they meet the above requirements. Earplugs or earmuffs (preferred), and it is highly recommended that a baseball cap with a bill to deflect ejected brass be worn.


8. Appropriate Clothing - Students should bring appropriate clothing to participate in the classroom portion of the training as well as the range portion of the program, which will be conducted at an indoor range. Shorts, sandals, or flip-flops are NOT range-appropriate.


ABSOLUTELY NO: Camouflage fatigues, flak jackets, tac vests, or bright red shirts/outerwear!   (Certified law enforcement officers and certified "blue card" armed security officers are permitted to wear tactical vests or load-bearing vests if it is issued by their department/agency or required to be worn on duty.)


** PLEASE NOTE: Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to wear at least one (preferably two) layers of long-sleeved clothing to prevent potential impacts from materials "splashing back" from the backstop. It is unlikely to occur, but the range facility has asked that we request this from participants as we will be operating at a distance much closer to the backstop than what they are accustomed to.

9. Note-Taking Material - Pen and a full-sized notebook for note-taking in the classroom. A jumbo permanent marker for use on the range is also highly recommended. A roll of painter's tape is very handy as well!



Various Qualified Instructors + Visiting Instructors will be announced for each class.

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