You Think Darkness Is Your Ally?

In a world that never sleeps, the ability to see in the dark has become an invaluable asset. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a security professional, or just someone who enjoys late-night stargazing, night vision technology is a game-changer. Night vision devices have evolved from military applications to more accessible consumer products, providing a myriad of benefits to those who own them. Some of us at AIM decided to take the plunge into this world so let’s take a look.

One of the most significant benefits of owning night vision technology is the enhanced safety and security it provides. Night vision devices allow you to see in low light or complete darkness, helping you navigate through challenging environments or identify potential threats. Law enforcement agencies, security personnel, and even homeowners rely on night vision technology to monitor their surroundings and ensure the safety of their loved ones and property.

Outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers also stand to gain significantly from night vision devices. Whether you’re a hunter tracking game after dusk, an avid camper exploring the wilderness, or a hiker navigating rugged terrain, night vision goggles or monoculars can greatly improve your outdoor experience. They enable you to spot wildlife, locate trails, and avoid potential hazards when the sun goes down.

Night vision technology offers a unique perspective on the natural world after dark. Wildlife enthusiasts and researchers use night vision devices to observe animals in their natural habitats without disturbing them. You can witness the nocturnal activities of creatures that are rarely seen during daylight hours, such as owls, bats, and other elusive creatures.

Amateur astronomers and stargazers also appreciate the benefits of night vision technology. These devices allow you to see celestial objects more clearly in low-light conditions, revealing a myriad of stars, planets, and other astronomical phenomena. Night vision goggles can enhance your stargazing experience and make it easier to navigate the night sky.

Search and rescue operations often take place in challenging conditions, including low-light or nighttime scenarios. Night vision technology aids in locating missing persons, providing critical assistance during emergencies and ensuring that rescue efforts are as effective as possible. Whether it’s a stranded hiker in the wilderness or a lost child in an urban area, night vision technology can be a lifesaver.

Military and law enforcement agencies have long recognized the tactical advantage of night vision technology. It allows soldiers and officers to operate covertly in darkness, increasing their effectiveness in various missions. Additionally, night vision technology aids in surveillance, intelligence gathering, and maintaining situational awareness.

While night vision technology was once primarily the domain of military and law enforcement agencies, it has become more accessible to the general public. As technology advances, night vision devices have become more “affordable”, making them an attractive option for homeowners and outdoor enthusiast who is willing to pay to play.

Owning night vision technology offers a wide array of benefits, from enhancing safety and security to expanding your outdoor adventures and allowing you to explore the mysteries of the night sky. As this technology continues to evolve and become more accessible, its advantages are no longer limited to specialized professions but are available to anyone looking to see in the dark. Whether you’re protecting your home, exploring the great outdoors, or simply curious about the world after sunset, night vision technology can be a valuable addition to your toolkit.

Practical Performance – Performance Pistol Weekend

One of our favorite instructors came to see us this last weekend, AJ Zito! He is the man. The nicest guy around and a 1911 guru. Last year, three of us took his 1911/2011 driver class which was incredible. This time around he was here to show you how to perform with your pistol, vision focus, and blending accuracy and speed.

We had a very wet weekend, which seems to be the trend when AJ comes to town. There were 4 of us in the class and we got to do a whole bunch of shooting and talking trash. It was a lot of fun, especially for what is probably the last class of the year for us. Went over some really cool vision work and blending speed and accuracy, if you get the chance to take a class with AJ please do it.

Here is a little something from the class:

Velox Training Group with Master P AKA Peter Woolard

The last installment from the Velox Class we all took a couple weeks ago. Master Class Shooter in USPSA: Peter Woolard

1. What is your prior firearm experience?

I’ve been shooting for about five years and have been competing in USPSA for four years now.  I’ve taken multiple classes from different high-level instructors. (I’ve only disappointed one of them personally though)

2. What firearm/setup were you shooting?

For day one I shot my M&P 2.0 with an Apex trigger, SRO, and frame and slide work by Monsoon Tactical.  On day two I shot my carry handle build with a Holosun red dot and Deadair Sandman S

3. What did you hope to learn going into this class?

I hoped to be able to refine my vision more.  Picking small spots on the target instead of looking at the whole target has been a struggle for me recently.

4. What was your biggest takeaway from the class?

The importance of vision.

5. What area did you improve the most?

Picking small spots on “harder” targets.

6. Is there anything you thought you would learn but did not?


7. What did you think of Nick’s teaching style?

Nick does a great job of explaining the whys and hows and showing you different examples of good and bad runs before he has you run a drill.  He was able to give clear feedback to each student that they could understand and start to implement immediately.

8. Are you interested in taking another of his rifle classes?

I would definitely train with Nick again.

9. What did you think of Nick’s standards?

The standards are difficult but definitely attainable.  I’m still kicking myself for failing them.

10. What’s next for you?

 I’m going to finish out the USPSA season and then probably shoot a lot of rifles over the winter.

Redemption: Bryan finally got his Turbo Pin from Gabe White.

Well, I just finished Gabe White’s Pistol Shooting Solutions class at Impact Shooting Center, and I finally earned his Turbo Pin.   If you haven’t heard of Gabe White, I will tell you this is a class you need to take.   Gabe is a world-renowned instructor and Competition shooter, who I guarantee will make you a better shooter.   

Gabe’s class is a good mix of defensive and performance in his instruction and drills.    He also packs in the value, he fits in 3 days of curriculum into two long days of class.  I appreciate this as a student, as I miss less work, and I do prefer fewer breaks and downtime in a class.    Gabe is also famous for his pin drills. In his class, there are four tests you will take twice each.   

  • The Bill Drill (six shots to the body)
  • Failure to Stop (two shots to the body and one shot to the head)
  • Immediate Incapacitation (two shots to the head)
  • The Split Bill Drill (four shots to the body and two shots to the head)  

To earn his Turbo pin, you must have four runs at the turbo time levels.  

(There is a .25 second time reduction from running the drills from concealed)

  • Bill Drill, 2.00 (Theoretical Breakdown:  1.00 + .20 + .20 + .20 + .20 + .20)
  • Failure to Stop, 1.70 (Theoretical Breakdown:  1.00 + .20 + .50)
  • Immediate Incapacitation, 2.00 (Theoretical Breakdown:  1.50 + .50)
  • Split Bill Drill, 2.60 (Theoretical Breakdown:  1.00 + .20 + .20 + .20 + .50 + .50)

I had taken the class one other time in 2019 and got a light pin (slower time standards) with three turbo times.  

In this class, I shot 5 turbo runs and finally earned the turbo pin.   Here are the results from my successful run.

-Bill drill run 1, 2.5-sec adj to 2.25

-Bill drill run 2, 2.25-sec adj to 2.00 (turbo run)

-Failure to Stop run 1, 1.72, adj to 1.48 (turbo run)

-Failure to Stop run 2, 1.68, missed headshot

-Immediate incapacitation run 1 1.98 (turbo run)

-Immediate incapacitation run 2 2.34 but had a missed headshot

-Split Bill Drill Run 1 2.68, adj to 2.43 (turbo run)

-Split Bill Drill Run 1 2.75, adj to 2.50 (turbo run)

Post Velox Rifle/Pistol Class with a man of few words: Matt Fry

1. What is your prior firearm experience? Beginner

2. What firearm/setup were you shooting? Glock19x w/SRO & Arsenal SLR106 with holosun red dot (5.56 AK)

3. What did you hope to learn going into this class? In general just want to get better 

4. What was your biggest takeaway from the class? Still need to work on fundamentals. Then pick a spot on the target and the dot will naturally go there as well as not get sucked into the dot.

5. What area did you improve the most? I had improvements everywhere

6. Is there anything you thought you would learn but did not? No

7. What did you think of Nick’s teaching style? Good, he is down to earth and easily/clearly explains things

8. Are you interested in taking more classes? yes

9. What did you think of the standard runs? I really liked them, the standards covered everything he taught over the weekend.

10. What’s next for you? Hopefully more classes

Matt Fry ladies and gentlemen…. come see Matt at AIM DAY!

Velox Training Group Pistol/Rifle Class

This past weekend I and two other AIM Guys were lucky enough to take a class with Nick Young. Personally, I was very excited to take a rifle class because I have never done one and I do not have much time behind rifles. Here is my take on the class and later on I will have Matt and Pete give me their views on it

The easiest way to explain it: It is an absolute blast.

Phenomenal instruction and delivery of information. Nick is the man, an absolute wizard with a rifle or a pistol. Day one was pistol work and I have taken plenty of pistol classes so I was not expecting a ton of new information and I came in with a goal of learning the Scoopalator draw. It is an OWB draw that allows you to get the gun out of the holster at a blazing speed without having to expend a ton of energy on hand speed. Goal achieved and it ended up being my least digested part of class. We did some transition work that I thought I understood but it just never clicked with me and Nick brought a process in that was very much a light bulb on moment. at the end of the day you run his standards which are very cool and achievable if you are dialed in. They are tough but it’s not impossible and what is cool about it is it’s not just a here 4 stages of my standards you gotta pass x amount. His are more USPSA Classifier style. It was a lot of fun.

Day 2 was rifle work. I have never done anything with a rifle other than some very basic transition work with some of the guys here. This was one of my favorite classes I have done. I used to get bored with rifles 30 minutes in like ok I get it can we go do run and gun with the pistols. Nick changed that. So much information but it’s all very digestible. It starts with accuracy and then into transitions and movement and then his standards for rifle. Just an absolutely fantastic class.

My favorite part about Nick’s class is that you have homework to last you 6 months at least, maybe even longer if you work at it. Everything we did and went over in class can be repeated at your range and in dryfire which is the homework part. Myself being an instant reward kind of guy, enjoyed that I did not get the draw dialed in 100 percent right away or my new approach to attack and control targets. I was able to take the notes from my phone and put down a whole list of stuff to work on and how to work on it. I know you can do that with other classes but this was literally every single thing we did you can take home for dry fire outside the doubles work. Super cool

I will get Matt and Petes insight on the class and drop that in the next blog post.

You should go to the website and put your email address in for a chance to win the Solus Rifle we are giving away. Then after you are done with that clear your calendar for AIM DAY 10/14!

AIM DAY: The Final Countdown

The time has come. The final AIM Day of 2023 is approaching and it is going to be a blast.

We wanted to end this year with a bang so instead of just one or two vendors like when we first started, we did 6 the last time…..this time we are doing 12 plus a couple late additions. Oh…and FREE FOOD!

The late additions: Monsoon Tactical and maybe one more really cool vendor!

Check this out!

In case you have not made it out to one of these here is a little something from our last event: