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So I'm going to my first night game next month and I was just wondering if there any difference in tactics that should be used?

 

Aside from having a torch on my gun......

 

JB

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Don't use the torch unless you have to or get a filter for it. Quickest way to destroy your night vision.

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Also a really good way of painting a 'shoot here' sign on yourself!

 

Move slowly and deliberately, use your torch sparingly and only for target ID/engagement. If it's really really dark (tree cover, no moon) then take a low power red torch to help you see where you're going, but again use it sparingly.

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Torches and tracer units are great ways to give yourself away. Take your time, move slowly, even in areas you think you know well. It's amazing how every lump, bump and small hole in daylight become mountains and ditches ready to sprain/break ankles in the dark.

 

Make sure you know your kit by feel alone, and that you have a place on your kit for all your gubbins to live, make sure it goes straight back to wherever it came from. Both to avoid using that torch as much as possible.

 

My hearty recommendation would be to talk to the organisers about this idea if they haven't used it before.

 

Get a glowstick that matches your teams colours eg Orange for Tan, green for urm Green. When you are hit pull your glowstick out from its pouch( something that doesn't let the glow out) and hold it up above your head. It makes recognising hit players much easier remember you will be looking for shadows and that's what you will look like as a hit player. They don't have to be huge, you can get small fishing ones fairly cheap, even those bracelet things for parties/kids are like £5 for 100 and would do the same job.

 

If you've never practiced walking around in the dark give it a go, small sounds carry much more so moving quietly is more important, take a moment every so often to just stop and listen, open your mouth when you do this it stops interference from sounds inside your head. It takes a good 30 to 40 mins to get your eyes acclimatised to the dark, a bright light in the area will ruin this so I make it a habit to close my dominant eye whenever things get even a little bright ( prob your aiming eye in my case the right). You sacrifice the good night vision in your less dominant eye when it gets bright but your dominant eye compensates when you open it again. Also due to the way your eye is structured you will notice if you look directly at something it goes out of focus, that's because the light sensitive bits in the middle do colour and around them just do light and dark. Colour ones need bright light so don't work in the dark but give clear and detailed images in the light. Light/dark cells are around the coloured ones and work in all light conditions.

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