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Shooting A Gun In The Dark

I was curious to know what it would be like to shoot a gun in the dark or at night. Would the bright light of the muzzle flash make me lose my night vision? Would I be able to take a second shot or would my vision be blinded by the light. On TV, you see very bright flashes of light when guns are fired at night.

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Fortunately at the shooting range that I go to I was able to have an entire shooting bay to myself for a few minutes. The range master turned off all the lights and I was able to shoot 15 rounds of 9mm Luger ammo from my Glock 19 in nearly total darkness. I could see the 8" white paper plate I used as a target, but not much more. The plate was at a distance of 15 feet.

Note - I was under constant supervision by the range master and no one else was allowed in the bay when I shot. I used extreme caution when I shot the gun in the dark.

I expected an extremely bright muzzle flash, like that of a camera flash, when I shot my gun. I was a little disappointed.


My Impressions Of Shooting A Glock 19 In Darkness

It turned out that the muzzle flash of a 9mm Glock was not nearly as bright as I expected. What I saw was a little ball of fire, about 6-8 inches in diameter coming out of the muzzle of the gun. It was more of a dull yellowish light and not a bright white light. It was there, and then it was gone in a flash. My vision was not affected at all by the muzzle flash.


Shooting In The Dark

When the lights came on I checked the bullet holes in my target. I hit the plate 9 times out of the 15 rounds that I shot. I didn't have night sights on my gun so aiming wasn't much use, so I shot by point shooting. I really wasn't really trying to hit the target, I was just pointing at it while looking for and concentrating on the muzzle flash.


Shooting A Gun At Night Or In Darkness

My Conclusion - When shooting a 9mm Glock 19 at night or in darkness your eyes will not be affected by the muzzle flash. It's not bright enough and you will likely be staring at your target and not the flash. It was no big deal, but it was still kind of cool though.                   


Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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