My friend and colleague Will Ellison, has arranged to fly in from the middle east to be with us on the weekend of 9/10-11-12 for a back to back weekend of night fighting, badass carbine and pistol training, and tactical medicine.

Will is extremely current working in the “real world”, and I am excited to give you guys a chance to train with him and to pick his brain for updates on most current training methodologies and combat tactics. I cannot stress how valuable an opportunity this is to learn from a super knowledgeable and passionate instructor.

This class will offer the beginner a broad and thorough introduction to how night vision works, why and when we use it, how to choose and configure your equipment, and how to zero an infrared laser. You will get a chance to handle and look through and practice with a variety of different types of night vision gear. You are welcome to bring your own, but it’s not required. The training tempo will be relaxed and casual.

We are looking for a class of 8-12 students.


5 pm to midnight or whenever we finish


Valley of Orion, in the vicinity of Mount Hamilton and San Antonio Valley. 1 hours east of San Jose, 1 hour south from Livermore. Detailed directions will be emailed to those who sign up.


Discussion Topics:
Gen2 vs Gen 3 (Photonis Elbit, L3)
Green vs white phosphor
mono vs dual tubes, advantages and disadvantages of each system, which eye
IR lights
IR strobes and markers
Tie downs
Helmet setup
IR aiming devices
How to zero weapon mounted lasers
Parallel vs converging zero
re-focus rings

Practical Exercises:
Functions/controls exercise
Ambient light/outdoor vs indoor performance
Walk/ jog exercise
10 targets with IR
Refocus exercise
Night vision drive


Introduction to Fighting Rifle (FR1)
Fighting Rifle Skill Builder (FR2)

Using a handgun is optional, but if you will be using a handgun, then:
Introduction to Defensive Handgun (DH1)
Defensive Handgun Skill Builder (DH2)


Required Equipment:

Water, snacks, closed toe shoes, eye and ear protection. Dress for outdoor activity. We hold class rain or shine.

A rifle with day optic that is already zeroed. There may be time in the afternoon before class to zero your day optic. Contact Brian at for details.

Red, green, or infrared laser.
50 rounds of rifle ammunition.
If using pistol, then 50 rounds of pistol ammo.
IR illuminator recommended.
Bump helmet, ballistic helmet, skull crusher, or soft head mount for your night vision device.

We can supply you with night vision, laser, head mount, rifle, and ammunition, but loaner gear is very limited. You must act quickly to book your ticket if you want to use our gear, and specify in the comment box during checkout what you need.


As with most of our classes, this class is funded by donation. For tuition, a suitable donation amount is anything between $50 and $250 per person. For the 2021-2022 school year, I have updated the website to accept credit card payments directly to decrease confusion, no shows, and administrative workload.

Instructor Will is flying across the world to bring you his extensive knowledge and experience. The equipment for this class is very expensive, and your payment for this class goes towards supporting your instructors, the facility, and paying for loaner night vision gear to better serve future students.

Ammo for this class is separate from tuition, and you will pay market rate for whatever you consume. You can submit those payments after class by cash, credit card, Venmo to Brian-Wang-11 or Paypal to


How can I contact the organizer with my questions? Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or

Additional information


Friday September 10th, 2021 at 5pm


I need equipment (specify in order notes), I have all my own equipment


I need ammo (specify in order notes), I will supply my own ammo