Darkness - a form of tactical concealment

This article is a continuation of "The Shift to Concept Based Training"

During my service in the IDF my unit operated almost exclusively in complete darkness. Operating under the concealment of darkness gave us a huge tactical advantage, not only for the ability to surprise the enemy but also to ability to be concealed. Except in Security Ops, we seldomly used white lights.  When in use we still had to understand the importance of staying concealed whenever possible. As a civilian, I adapted these tactics for the defensive shooting and self-defense world, since night vision and thermal optics are no longer readily available to me.

First of, let’s understand concealment. In simple tactical terms it means being hidden from the enemy. Concealment is different than cover, which is being shielded from gun fire.  When operating in the dark we are naturally concealed, unless someone has night vision. As a civilian in defensive situations, whether it be a home defense scenario, or an engagement outdoor in the night time, you will most likely need to use a light. Knowing how to use that light tactically is crucial.

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When using the light we must only use it when we really need it, when we absolutely cannot see with our own two eyes. This will prevent over exposure to a potential threat as well as the blinding effect to our eyes, as they will immediately adjust to light. The blinding effect also goes in reverse. When your threat is blinded by your light, you will have the opportunity to improve your position by moving to a different position or moving to cover.

If we understand the concept of concealment and how to use it to our advantage we will be able to use darkness as concealment to find our way into a better tactical position.

Thank you for reading, 

Ron Grobman

Founder | Chief Instructor

Tactical Fitness