We did a trail run of a low light suppressed only carbine match at Skip J in Anderson SC this past Friday night. We plan on running another one in January 2012 for sure, and probably Feb as well. We had a hand full of guys show up to shoot, and safety wise it went very well. We had 5 stages, 2 were shoot house stages, one was 2 PSD details, basically IDPA targets with body armour painted on them and one VIP per detail that was a no shoot.
It was BLACK DARK at the match last Friday night, so the regular pics didn't turn out so well, but we did get some FLIR shots as well as some video.
Like I said, there were only a handful who made it out and it was very interesting to watch guys whom have shot matches, but done little in the training area. Actually for just about all there, this was their first time at shooting at night, much less shooting at night with a carbine. A couple of guys had numerious malfunctions and when the gun puked in the dark they were lost. They had no idea where to begin with clearing a malfunction by feel. Several asked me for a light. I'm not jumping their shit for it in any way, but if you are going to potentially use a firearm for defense, know how to clear malfunctions under any condition. Know how to load and verify that you are loaded by touch. I know all these guys who come out to shoot and they are good dudes, they just haven't done this type of stuff before and I think they learned a little by coming out. I know this was a "fun match", but it being a competition doesn't mean you cannot learn a few things.
No one will be there to hold a light for you should you do this in your home at 2 in the am. I appreciate everyone making it out, and I believe most learned that shooting in the dark is a totally different beast than shooting in a lit enviroment. Most also learned that a bit of training would go a long way for this.
We had 2 "shoothouses" set up, crude, but we work with what we have. It was unreal how many targets were just blowed by unnoticed. Even shooters who very turned on during the day matches, failed to completely search a room or even an open space out in the open as they got tunnel visioned into living inside their optic and light. It was also interesting to see the amount of flash some suppressors had, with it being so dark out, and looking at the FLIR video after. I ran my SCAR 16 CQC. I have a couple Surefire cans in ATF jail at the moment, so I ran a buddy's AAC M4-2000 (07). I sold this can to him a while back and wrote a little about it in one of the suppressor threads on here. You can see, in the video of me shooting the SCAR, the very 1st shot I make to the left, a flame about 2" long coming from the can. This particular can has always done this regardless of the host. The same buddy was running a Blackout with a 762SD and it had not a bit of flash, as to be expected. Another guy had a M4-SPR?, by AAC. It was on a 16" or 18" rifle. He was running Wolf, and I was surprised at the sparks that flew out. I am guessing it was just the Wold ammo, but it was noticible to say the least.
Here are a few videos
Me shooting the SCAR 16 CQC