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Nighttime, Criminals, and Your Concealed Carry Weapon: Protecting Yourself in Low Light Encounters.

burlar entering homeWhen do criminals like to come out? When it’s dark! Many violent crimes and thus, defensive gun uses, occur in low light or no light situations. So how much training and consideration do you put into preparing for a potential low light encounter?

First consideration is the most obvious: your sighting system. Can you actually see your sights in low light situations? The answer is likely “no” unless you have night sights. If you do not have night sights, go buy some. Night sights should be on every carry gun. If you can’t see your sights, or have difficulty seeing your sights, how are you going to place an accurate shot when under stress, its dark, and it matters most?

The next consideration is caliber selection. Certain calibers emit a very bright muzzle flash. Consider the .357 Magnum, 10mm, .357 Sig, and more. Ever see some of these calibers being shot at night or at an indoor range with the lights off? They practically illuminate the whole range! Imagine this: you are walking through a dark alley about half way through your walk to your vehicle. You’ve been outside in the dark for about 5 minutes and your eyes have adjusted. An adversary steps out from behind a dumpster to mug you at gun point. You draw your weapon and fire. The muzzle flash is so bright that it nearly blinds you. The illumination has you seeing stars and spots and your natural night vision is gone. It’s nearly impossible to see the threat. What do you do? Take this into consideration when selecting the right caliber and ammunition for your concealed carry weapon.

The last thing to consider is barrel length. This consideration goes hand in hand with caliber. A .357 Mangum load through a 2” revolver produces a much greater muzzle flash than a .38 through the same gun. Shorter barreled guns typically produce greater muzzle flash than longer barrel guns.

The best way to prepare for low light situations is to practice in them. Join a local club, compete, or train in low light scenarios. Experiment with different calibers, different ammunition types, and different guns from your carry rotation to find the combination that you can shoot most proficiently at night. Can you see your sights? Can you see your target after your first shot or two? Can you manipulate the weapon without looking? Enjoy this low light training, but train smart. Don’t lose sight of the 4 fundamental firearm safety rules.

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