Recently I have been playing a lot of paintball and airsoft. Fun and great exercise. I participated in my first night airsoft game and it was an eye opening experience. I have no military training which I consider a major drawback in the skills department. I have no expertise in night combat either – kinda the point of this post. Anyways, this night game was played in absolute darkness outside with only a bit of moonlight to run and walk by.
The game took place in a large field with random bushes and trees scattered around and also a wooded area. Two teams started in opposite areas and the goals was to grab a cylume lightstick hanging in a tree. Each person had a weapons mounted light on their rifle. Running around in the dark presented challenges as I was fearful a large branch would wack me in the forehead.
I have always had good night vision. With just the moonlight I could barely make out a couple of light colored shirts traversing through the field and behind trees and bushes. I took two extra flashlights in the field with me. At certain times I would turn on a flashlight and leave it i=on the grass or on a well house roof. The appearance of this light would immediately draw fire and I would move to an alternate position. I used the light on my M4 only once and it was when I saw my opponent within range and wanted to make certain I had a “kill”.
This experience has gotten me thinking about night combat or at least surveillance. I need night vision equipment in order to properly prepare for any nighttime “experience”.
I have two pairs of cheap, inexpensive kids night vision goggles. They actually work pretty good out to 50-75 feet. They are similar to THIS. For viewing a limited area they are useful.
I have a lot to learn…..