*NEW* Night Fighting Class: Night Optical Device Firing (NODF)

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Due to student request, the following Night Optical Device Firing (NODF) class has been added:





This is an optional class that takes place the evening before CRCD/CRM classes (usually Friday evening for weekend classes). It follows the Combat Lifesaver (TC3)/Rifle Manipulation Primer (RMP) classes that take place that day, but is a standalone class.

Class start time is 2000 hrs (8pm).

Note: this class is designed for you to bring your own equipment.

Background Reading: Considerations for Night Operations


NODF is designed to introduce students to their night vision, weapon and aiming devices. Students will learn how to integrate different systems to allow them to effectively use their weapon at night. Students will also be shown combat proven TTPs for night time operations. Students will get the most out of this class if they come with quality night vision, a reliable weapon and some form of infrared aiming laser. If you are unsure of your gear please email MVT.


  • NOD capabilities and limitations
  • Introduction to night operations
  • Equipment selection and set up
  • Aiming device zeroing procedures
  • Movement
  • Tactics, techniques and procedures for NOD usage
  • Understanding common countermeasures
  • Night firing


  • Functioning, modern, magazine fed, center-fire rifle (ex. AR15 family of weapons, AK47 etc.)
  • Quality hands free night vision device that will not fail on you, with head mounting ability (skull crusher minimum)
  • Infrared aiming laser (DBAL type or similar), ability to mount it on the weapon
  • or Quality red dot or holographic weapon sight
  • Ability to carry at least two reloads on your person (battle belt, magazine pouch, chest rig, etc.)
  • Ear protection (electronic is preferred but we understand the limitations of equipment integration)
  • Clear eye protection
  • Positive attitude and an open mind


  • Seasonally appropriate clothing (obviously the temperature drops at night so be prepared)
  • Light weight helmet for your NODs
  • Spare batteries for all electronic equipment
  • Red lens flashlight
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Weapons maintenance gear (lube, cleaning kit, sight or weapon specific tools, etc.)
  • Knee and elbow pads


200 rounds



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Possible sources of night vision equipment and aiming lasers:

JRH Enterprises

Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC)

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  1. Chris says:

    GREAT IDEA! I need to get in on this

  2. Tater in SC says:

    I guess it’s time to buy some NODS. Oh well, who needs a summer vacation anyway.

  3. Rob says:

    ‘Aiming device zeroing procedures’

    Will this include zeroing the IR Laser during the course or is the expectation the IR Laser will be zeroed prior to class?

    How long is the class, (2 hours, 4 hours)?

    • Max Velocity says:

      It will include messing about with whatever random gear people bring, and fitting/zeroing it all.
      We are not putting a strict time on the class, depending on numbers etc. It will be anything from 3 to 4 hours, no later than midnight, because everyone has to train in the morning. If you are on the TC3/RMP, then that will finish circa 5pm-ish with all the chatting/question answering we normally do. There will be time to go and get dinner, before resuming around 8pm.
      As well as the zeroing (square rnage) and training on the gear, movement, observation etc, we are planning on a simple hasty ambush night shoot. Exact course plan is in development.

  4. DG says:

    I really want to attend this class, because I have a NVD, but I have no military experience, and I need to know how to properly use this thing…

    Is there an alternative class that you would recommend that takes place somewhere in Pacific Northwest? I live in Seattle area…

  5. Aaron says:

    This is going to be a more technical class than what most are used to. Zeroing, shooting, light lecture, examples and a fun and eye opening practical exercise. This class will and I hope this doesn’t come off as smug be well worth the time, money and lack of sleep. This is truly a rare opportunity in the training realm and Max and I are both excited to bring this out.

  6. Fed Up says:

    Sounds like a fun and useful training.

  7. Barry says:

    I plan on taking this in the fall