Practicing shooting in low light is a great idea if you’re trying to prepare for the defensive use of a firearm, but it’s not always possible to find a local outdoor range that’s open at night time or an indoor range that will let you dim the lights. What you can do, especially at an indoor range, is something that might look a little silly – wear sunglasses.
Dark lenses will shade your eyes from a lot of light and make it much harder for you to pick up your sights and see a target far down range. It’s not exactly the same as shooting in true low light, but it might be as close as you can get without major trouble.
One thing you might try is alternating between wearing sunglasses as eye protection and wearing regular clear shooting glasses as eye protection while shooting at a well-lit indoor range – see how your “regular light” groups and times compare with your “simulated low light” groups and times. You might be surprised at how much of a difference being able to clearly see a target can make.
Don’t worry about hurting your eyes by wearing sunglasses indoors, though, according to this optometry blog post which covers eye myths – they say it won’t do your eyes any harm.
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