Podcast 106 Own the Night

By on October 23, 2014

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We spend more then half our time in life in limited, low light, or no light, yet we don’t practice in it and don’t know how to work in it.  Most of us just turn a light on and get rid of the dark.  But how can you fight in the dark?  What’s the basics? What’s the advantages and disadvantages of the night?  Why do most two-legged predators hunt at night?  This podcast is all about using the night and learning how to fight in it.  Make it your preferred fighting environment, learn how, and then practice, practice, practice.

Topics include:

Thinks you learn the hard way:

  • You don’t need night sights to make hits with a gun at night.
  • You need a flashlight even if you have night sights on your gun.
  • Red dots washout in the darkness when light is applied.
  • Muzzle flashes are blinding for both the shooter and target.
  • There is no one technique for all night shooting.
  • Every time the light changes requires a different tactic.

Things you should know:

  • Using the light correctly allows you an unfair advantage.
  • Using the light poorly gives away your position.
  • Embrace the darkness, don’t fight it.

Things you should do:

  • Practice using a light in the day and in then in the night.
  • Have a light in your hand at night.
  • Fire yourself defense ammo at night.
  • Practice moving at night.

How to see in the dark:

  • Use night vision (if you can).
  • Cones and rods in your eyes work different at night.
  • Except black-and-white, don’t worry about colors.
  • Look for different shades of black to see different objects.
  • Don’t look directly at something for too long, keep your eyes scanning.
  • It takes a long time to acquire night vision.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice… Even at home when you go to bed.  Just go without the lights on.


  • Nov 8, 2014 Pistol Fighting Dynamics in Dallas TX
  • Dec 6, 1014 Pistol Low Light in San Antonio TX
  • May 16-17, 2015 Beyond Concealed Carry Enhanced in Sioux Fass, SD
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  1. Doug Petri
    October 28, 2014

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    I cannot download your podcasts. It will not allow me to “save as” anymore. Not an issue with other podcasts.

    • Ben Branam
      November 1, 2014

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      Thanks Doug, I’m trying to see if there is anything that needs to be updated. You aren’t the only one that is having this problem. I’m not sure how to fix it. Here is a direct link to download the podcast. I’ll start adding one to the text again. Hopefully I can figure this out. Sorry for the tech problems, I really am having technical difficulties on my end.

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