Tips for Shooting Firearms at Night


I’ve done various night shoots. The act of shooting the firearm is no different than during the day. Point the gun, pull the trigger. It’s everything that surrounds firing the gun, movement, identifying the target, and generally dealing with limited visibility that is different about night shooting.

I’ve also observed there’s a sizeable mental block with night shooting. I watched a skilled shooter struggle with a stage I know he could have blitzed through during the day. He had a weapon mounted light and no reason to be missing those shots. But it was his first time shooting at night.

I’ve you’ve never shot a firearm at night, don’t let your first experience be a home defense situation or a CCW situation. At the absolute minimum, dedicate some dry fire time to navigating your home at night with a firearm. But it’s definitely best to find a night shooting class. It’s quite educational and tons of fun.



Yes, I highly recommend this kind of training, especially for the older generations. If you have any kind of vision &/or hearing impairment, you can or will become further confused and/or disoriented in the dark/night situation.

It’s true for anyone regardless of age or gender really, but I say this from my own experience. I hunt predators & varmints at night and depth perception can & will be a challenge if you’re not used to it at all.

I’ve taken new people out night hunting with me, and that’s always been their biggest hurtle is trying to figuring out the correct yardage on the target.

Good recommendation @brianpurkiss!

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Everything looks farther in the dark. It’s surprising how much that throws people off.

Awesome! Thanks so much for the kind words! I’ll try to keep it up.


Having experienced quite a few low light and no light type matches, if the gun handling skills are good, (being able to point the gun accurately even in the dark) range finding is mostly a concern with hunting.
At the distances for defensive purposes, that shouldn’t be problem.
The authorities seem to frown on shooting at distances farther than what is considered close striking and immediate threat distance.


It shouldn’t.

But I watched shooters struggle with some home defense distances. They were small targets with a handgun, and they were farther than most self defense distances, but they were within distances that could be had in the home on a long hallway that connects to a room.

It was a mental game for a bunch of these people. Since night shooting was new to them, they got in their head and the stress lowered their performance.