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Sage Dynamics

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Defensive Shotgun I

Night Vision Fundamentals

Course length: Two days


Course Description: The Sage Dynamics Night Vision Fundamentals course is designed to introduce the technical and physical skills best suited for the use of night vision devices in low/no light conditions.  NVF is not a traditional shooting course; instead it is focused on developing a foundational understanding of the proper employment of force multiplication through applied technological advantages. During this two day course, students will be introduced to the concepts and principles associated with effective use of night vision and night vision devices against threats; weapon manipulation under NV and techniques designed to maximize the inherent advantages of NV use. 


Since night vision devices can be cost prohibitive, Sage Dynamics has partnered with MOD Armory to provide each attending student with NV equipment for use during the course; IR lasers, helmets, IR flashlights and Night Vision Goggles are supplied.  Students only need to bring the equipment listed ahead in the required equipment section.


 NVF is not a weapons fundamentals class, attending students are expected to, and must be able to demonstrate proficiency with weapon safety and marksmanship.  Failure to do so will prevent course participation.



Instruction covered in this course includes:


  • Introduction to Night Vision

  • Weapon and movement safety in low light

  • Understanding darkness

  • Equipment Configuration

  • Movement and Navigation

  • Marksmanship and weapon use

  • Threat confrontation

  • transitions from NV to white light

  • Partner/team techniques

  • Maximizing force under Night Vision


Course Cost: $500.00


  • Rifle with accessory rail, 12 o clock position on rail must have the ability to accept picatinny mount accessories.

  • Flash hider muzzle device.  Compensators/brakes are not recommended, some models may be prohibited (see below).

  • Rifle sling, two point with one hand adjustment ability.

  • Rifle optic (red dot recommended).

  • A minimum of 7 magazines, personally marked to identify owner.

  • Rifle ammunition carry system (Plate carrier recommended).

  • Handgun with a min. of three magazines (a weapon mounted light is strongly recommended).

  • Handgun holster, duty carry configuration with active retention.

  • Handheld light with spare batteries.

  • Ear and eye protection (clear eye protection for night use).

  • Pants and seasonal clothing.

  • 1000 Rounds rifle (quality ammunition, low flash recommended).

  • 200 rounds handgun.

  • Hydration.



Provided equipment for course:


  • Helmet with NVG mount

  • Dual PVS-14 NVGS

  • IR Laser aiming device (PEQ-15 or DBAL)

  • IR/White weapon mounted light


Optional (recommended) gear:


  • Gloves

  • Sunblock

  • Hydration

  • Field cleaning kit

  • Basic maintenance tools

  • Knee and elbow pads

  • Additional magazines for all weapons



Prohibited equipment:

  • War Sport LVOA-C, LVOA-S and LVOA-SP models are not allowed due to excessive muzzle flash that can damage night vision equipment.

  • Lantac Dragon muzzle devices are not allowed due to excessive muzzle flash that can damage night vision equipment.

  • Smooth rail/handguard rifles-due to the need to attach accessories, traditional handguards will not function in this course.

  • Reloaded Ammunition is not allowed for use due to increased difficulty in diagnosing atypical malfunctions under night vision use.

  • *In general, Compensator and Brake style muzzle devices are designed to maximize reduction in felt recoil, allowing a flatter shooting rifle, however these devices in general produce more visible muzzle flash and more felt concussive force near the shooter.  Because of these factors, students are strongly encouraged to use flash hiders and/or suppressors to minimize muzzle signature and prevent partner/team disruption in close proximity.


Class size: 10-12


Prerequisites: None

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