Class Duration
4 hours

The Night Fire Basics course is for students who want to learn how to safely and reliably employ their existing practical defensive skills in low light, transitional light, and full night environments. Students will learn how to correctly operate their firearm in a dark environment. Students will learn how to use white light to properly scan for, identify, and engage threats.

This is an introductory class and does not introduce the use of handheld lights while engaging targets.


All students must provide proof of training in a level 1 pistol or rifle/carbine class prior to signing up for this class. Students who have completed both pistol and rifle classes before may use both during class.

Lessons Covered

  • Firearms safety
  • Review of firearm administration, malfunction clearing, etc.
  • Low light exercises with and without white light
  • Engaging targets with a weapon light
  • Scan and assess process with a weapon light
  • Use of cover and concealment
  • Threat identification

Required Equipment

Students are expected to bring the following equipment. Anything else will be provided by the instructor. Students are expected to provide their own firearm and ammunition.

  • Payment for outstanding class fees (if applicable)
  • A semiautomatic pistol and/or rifle (see prerequisites)
  • A weapon mounted light on each firearm
  • 3 or more magazines, 5 or more is recommended*
  • 150 to 300 rounds of new, factory ammunition
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Appropriate clothing for an outdoor class
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks if necessary
  • Extra flashlights for administration, loading magazines, etc.

*Try to bring more than 5 magazines if you are using reduced capacity magazines.

Optional, Helpful Items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Additional ammunition in case the class has extra time
  • Additional magazines
  • Tactical equipment such as chest rigs, plate carriers, battle belts, knee pads, etc. are permitted as long as safety is not compromised.
  • If time permits, students who bring their own night vision devices may be permitted to try them out on the range. There will be no specific instruction into proper use of night vision.