Low-Light Shooting

Range Distance: Typically 5 to 15 meters (16 to 49 feet)

Type of Target: IPSC cardboard targets with scoring zones

Start Position: Ready or Holstered, depending on specific variations

Exercise Rules:

“Low-Light or No-Light Shooting” in IPSC simulates scenarios where shooters must engage targets in reduced or complete darkness. This exercise tests a shooter’s ability to effectively use a flashlight or night sights while maintaining accuracy. Here are the exercise rules:

  1. Range Distance: Set up one or more IPSC cardboard targets with designated scoring zones at distances ranging from 5 to 15 meters (16 to 49 feet). The number of targets and their arrangement can vary.
  2. Start Position: The start position for Low-Light or No-Light Shooting can vary depending on the specific variation of the exercise. Some drills may start from the ready position, where the firearm is aimed in a safe direction but not holstered, while others may start from the holster.
  3. Procedure: The exercise is conducted in conditions of low light or complete darkness. Shooters are equipped with flashlights or night sights on their firearms. On the start signal, the shooter must engage the designated target(s) with accurate shots while using the flashlight or night sights to identify the target and aim. The exercise is timed.
  4. Time Pressure: The challenge in this exercise comes from the reduced visibility and the need to quickly and accurately identify and engage the target(s) within the designated time limit.
  5. Scoring: Scoring is based on the accuracy of the shots within the designated scoring zones on the target and the time taken to complete the drill. Accurate shots within the scoring zones are essential to minimize penalties.

Qualification Time: The qualification time for Low-Light or No-Light Shooting can vary depending on the specific exercise and the level of competition. Shooters aim to complete the drill within the specified time limit while achieving accurate hits. Qualification times are typically set by match organizers or trainers based on the exercise’s objectives.

Low-Light or No-Light Shooting exercises in IPSC are critical for training shooters to effectively engage threats in conditions of limited visibility, which may be encountered in low-light environments or during nighttime operations.

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