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Low Light Development: IR Lasers & NVDs


This 2-day / 16-hour instructor development course is based on our Low Light Shooting Instructor Certification course but focuses specifically on IR lasers & night vision devices (NVDs).  The use of helmet-mounted monoculars (PVS-14s) and binoculars (PVS-31s) will be explored. In addition, firearms instructors will be exposed to training methodologies that will enhance their low light / night vision range training program to improve their shooter's capabilities and confidence with their night vision equipment. Most basic firearms instructor courses don't even cover the use of IR lasers and NVD's.  So, this instructor development course is needed for any firearms instructor tasked with conducting range training for IR lasers & NVDs.  Emphasis will be placed on developing live-fire drills that enhance student's ability to use both IR lasers and NVDs on both handguns and shoulder-fired weapons. 

This course is PENDING approved by the NRA LE Division for 16 hours of continuing education credit.

NOTE:  This course requires the use of carbines / rifles. Students don't need to be certified as a rifle instructor to attend.  However, students must have successfully completed a rifle operator certification course of 16+ hours to attend this course.

Course Topics: 

  • Review of nighttime range safety protocols
  • Review of night vision devices
  • Review of IR laser systems & laser safety
  • Review of common night vision operational philosophies in law enforcement
  • Zeroing IR lasers
  • Pistol drills with NVDs
  • Rifle drills with NVDs
  • Weapon manipulations while wearing NVD's 
  • Line drills / solo drills / team drills
  • Developing appropriate drills to emphasize critical low light skills associated with the use of NVD's
  • And more...

Required Equipment: 

  • Pistol, three magazines, weapon-mounted light
  • 300 rounds of pistol ammo
  • Carbine / rifle with picatinny accessory rail, three magazines, tactical sling, weapon-mounted light
  • 300 rounds of rifle ammo
  • Duty belt / gear
  • Hand-held flashlight with charger or spare batteries
  • Ballistic or bump helmet with night vision mount (if you have it)
  • NVD / PVS-14 / PVS-31 (if you have it)
  • IR laser (if you have it)
  • Clear eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Weather-appropriate outerwear
  • Hydration fluids & snacks

NOTE - Weapon mounted lights, IR lasers, and NVD's can be provided in the class.

Hosting Requirements: 

  • Classroom with projector, screen, and whiteboard that is large enough for 20 people.
  • A 25-50 yard range with portable target stands
  • For outdoor ranges, ability to shoot until 2200 hours each night (4 hours of darkness on the range)
  • At least four (4) portable cover stands and ten (10) traffic / sport cones
Organizations interested in hosting a course should contact us at training@nlefia.org .

Phone: 800-930-2953

Email: office@nlefia.org


6635 W. Happy Valley Road

Suite A104-108

Glendale, AZ 85310

Hours of Operation: (AZ time)

Monday - Friday | 9am - 3pm

Closed: Weekends & Holidays

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