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Low Light Shooting Instructor Certification


This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course is designed to teach firearms instructors the technical information associated with illumination tools, Tritium & fiber optic sights, reflex sights / red dot optics, variable powered scopes, visible lasers, and IR lasers / night vision.  In addition, firearms instructors will be exposed to training methodologies that will enhance their low light shooting program. Most basic firearms instructor courses usually dedicate about 4-5 hours to low light training and only conduct basic low light shooting drills.  This instructor course goes much further in depth.  Emphasis will be placed on developing live-fire drills that enhance the shooter's ability to perform in low light conditions.  The concepts taught in this course apply to ALL weapon disciplines for creating better training.

This course is approved by the NRA LE Division for 24 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: 

  • Case law for low light training
  • Basic anatomy of the human eye
  • Understanding technical specifications of illumination tools
  • Tritium and fiber optic sights
  • Reflex sights / red dot optics
  • Variable powered scopes
  • Projected laser systems
  • Night vision devices and IR laser systems
  • Principles of low light tactics and engagements
  • Pistol drills for both hand-held and weapon-mounted lights
  • Rifle drills for both hand-held and weapon-mounted lights
  • Weapon manipulations in reduced light
  • Line drills vs. solo drills vs. team drills
  • Developing appropriate drills to emphasize critical low light skills
  • And more...

Required Equipment: 

  • Pistol with accessory rail & three magazines. Weapon mounted light (optional)
  • Holster & mag pouches
  • 400 rounds of pistol ammo
  • Carbine / rifle with picatinny accessory rail, three magazines, and tactical sling. Weapon-mounted light (optional)
  • Rifle mag pouches
  • 400 rounds of rifle ammo
  • Hand-held flashlight with charger or spare batteries
  • Hat with a brim
  • Ballistic or bump helmet with night vision device (optional)
  • Clear eye protection
  • Ear protection (including one set of foam inserts)
  • Weather-appropriate outerwear
  • Hydration fluids & snacks

NOTE - weapon mounted lights, visible lasers, IR lasers, and night vision devices will 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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