Into the Darkness: Tactical and Practical Advice

Tactical & Practical Advice to Gain Advantage in the Dark

In the spirit of general randomness, here are a few tips to help you in low visibility situations due to darkness.

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Before you leave a well lit area for a dark one, close your eyes for a few seconds. This will give you a big advantage. When your eyes are adjusting to darkness, you are vulnerable due to temporary blindness.

Not just vulnerable to an attack (if you are in a sketchy situation), but also to an accident like falling down stairs, walking into or tripping over something in the dark.

The best example of the effects of this tactic is when you turn off a light in an otherwise dark room. Here’s how to do it the right way: Grab the light switch, close your eyes, count to four, flip off the switch, then open your eyes. You will be able to see way better.

Now go back into that same room turn the light back on and look right at the light when you turn it off. See what I mean? You are blinded for a few seconds. Try it.

Another practical time where this strategy will be helpful is when walking to or from your car at night. When parking your car in a dark area, close your eyes for a few seconds before you open your car door and do not look at the interior light that comes on when you open the car door. This will give your night vision a kick start before you venture out into that dark parking lot.

Do the same thing when you head back out to your car from a lit building. Take a moment to close your eyes and give your night eyes a jump start.

Think about it this way, if someone is lurking around in the dark waiting to prey on you, their eyes will already be adjusted, yours will not.

The process by which the eyes increase their sensitivity to low levels of light is known as dark adaptation. Individuals adapt to darkness at varying degrees and rates.

During the first 30 minutes in a dark environment, the eye sensitivity increases roughly 10,000 times. It takes the average person’s eyes nearly 45 minutes to fully adapt to darkness.

Once your eyes have adapted to the darkness, subsequent exposure to bright light from matches, flashlights and vehicle headlights will mean it will take another 30 to 45 minutes for your eyes to re-adapt again.

In addition to being vulnerable while your eyes adjust, the inability to see well in darkness leads to doubt and increases apprehension. Darkness always brings out an individual’s weakness, especially in lethal situations.

Units that can operate effectively during hours of darkness or periods of reduced visibility often gain significant advantage over their opponent.

If you need tactical advantage in darkness over someone who smokes, make your move the split second they light up. You have a few seconds where they will be blinded from the flash of the lighter.

While these tips may sound a bit paranoid, try them out. They may save you from an attack or an injury resulting from an accident.

Sources: No night vision no problem gain the advantage, Gaining Advantage – Air Force manual

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