• Premier Training – Low Light and Night Vision
  • Duration: 3 Days

Premier Training – Low Light and Night Vision Course Description

**This course does NOT require Night Vision (Optional).**

**This course can be completed in any combination of handgun & carbine; handgun & PCC Pistol Caliber Carbine. ** Recommended ammo counts for these configurations are listed in the equipment list below.

The Restricted Visibility Elements Theory course is an advanced course focusing on the development of operational, technical and sustainment skills in high risk low light/no light environments. Throughout the class, shooters will be driven to utilize hand held and weapon mounted lights for both primary and secondary weapons. For those students that possess NODs, after all the fundamental light work is complete we will give a NOD familiarization package including: NOD operations (controls, mounting, safety) and weapon configuration for low light/no light environments (flash hiders, IR lasers, VIS lasers), if students possess such equipment.

Requirements: Handgun 1 and Carbine 1 or similar courses.

Cost: $TBD

Get more one-on-one time with world class trainer Chris Costa via our premium classes. Lower attendee to instructor ratios are achieved by limiting class sizes in our advantageous offering. Class sizes are capped at 18 students instead of the usual 23, allowing for more individually specialized training. Get more from Costa’s technical instruction and live fire time than previously attained. Each night after class, join the Costa Team for dinner and reiminsce about the day’s events, and what’s to come tomorrow.

Defender Ranch is located 16 miles North of Gooding, Idaho.

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Defender Ranch offers world-class firearms training on an exclusive and secluded 100% off grid ranch in South-central Idaho, far from population centers.  The ranch features a variety of ranges built into the hillsides of a beautiful valley surrounded by towering and spectacular rhyolite rock formations.  When the training day is over, guests can relax in the lodge or get out and enjoy the seclusion and amazing views.  Guests may also enjoy hiking, fishing in one of four privately stocked ponds, archery, axe throwing, or winding down around the fire after dinner and ‘shooting the bull’ with other guests.

Firearms training takes place on 5 different ranges (some turf covered) including 4 pistol bays, 1 carbine bay and 2 long-range shooting areas, the longest reaching out more than a mile in total distance.

The facility at Defender Ranch offers options from all meals to on-property guest accommodations. All lodging and meal reservations will be made directly with Defender Ranch.

Recommended Airports: Twin Falls Airport Twin Falls, ID (TWF) approximately 55 miles, Boise Airport, Boise ID (BOI) approximately 114 miles.

Sample 3-Day Course Schedule:

Night before course:  6:00PM course registration check-in followed by check-in dinner at Defender Ranch.

Day 1: 7:15AM breakfast; 8:00 shuttle to range; 4:30PM finish class at range, shuttle back to cabin; 6:00 dinner.

Day 2: 7:15AM breakfast; 8:00 shuttle to range; 4:30PM finish class at range, shuttle back to cabin; 6:00 dinner.

Day 3: 7:15AM breakfast; 8:00 shuttle to range; 4:30PM finish class at range, shuttle back to cabin; 6:00 dinner & graduation.

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Subjects Covered

•Life Safety Brief

•Proper gear selection and placement

•Rapid threat acquisition and analysis

•The use of Hand held lights with Primary and Secondary weapons

•The use of the Primary as a light source for the Secondary weapon

•The use of weapon mounted lights with both weapon systems

•Multiple target engagement

•Natural and improvised shooting positions

•Weapon malfunction and clearance in low/no light

•Identifying targets utilizing ambient light/shadows while shooting/moving around obstacles with white light or NODs

•Shooting on the Move, and Team Movement drills

Equipment List

Students provide their own ammo:   **Carbine & Handgun (minimum: 1500 rounds of  carbine / 500 rounds handgun). Pistol caliber carbines PCC’s are a substitute for carbine and need the 1500 rounds plus handgun 500 rounds.

Hardware – A functional and practical handgun chambered in 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 ACP. If available, a spare weapon system is also an excellent idea.

A functional and practical carbine or battle rifle chambered in 5.56×45, 5.45×39, 300 Blackout, 7.62×39, 7.62×51. If available, a spare weapon system is also an excellent idea.

•A cleaning kit and tools that are compatible with the weapon system(s) in question is also a must.

•Each student should have a minimum of 5 working magazines.

•Note pad, and pen/pencil

•Clothing suited to strenuous activity as well as being seasonally appropriate

•Rain gear / cold weather gear (seasonal)

•Ear pro (electronic preferred) / Eye pro

•Baseball style hat recommended

•Proper belt to support equipment

•Carbine magazine pouches, Battle belt, or Chest rig

•A holster and magazine pouch that will retain equipment when moving

•Tools that work on your weapon

•Weapons lube

•Water hydrating device

•Knee and elbow pads (optional)

•Gloves (optional)

•An open mind

•Recommended: Ballistic Helmet (if bringing NOD’s)

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