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 handle, look through, move and shoot with night vision gear. You are welcome to bring your own, but it’s not required. The training tempo will be relaxed and casual. Class sizes are small due to limited sets of school equipment.


6 pm to 10pm, and you can stay later to practice if you wish.




While this is not a strenuous or advanced class per se, it involves significant firearms handling in the dark, and we expect you to be safe and proficient when you arrive.

You should already be familiar with rifle zeroing theory, BZO, ballistic trajectory, and minute of angle scope math.

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

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


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:

Gen 2 vs Gen 3 (Photonis Elbit, L3)
Green vs white phosphor
Mono vs dual tubes, advantages and disadvantages of each system
Dominant vs support eye
IR lights
Helmet setup
IR lasers
Passive aiming
How to zero weapon mounted lasers
Parallel vs converging zero

Practical Exercises:

Functions/controls exercise
Ambient light/outdoor vs indoor performance
Walk/ jog exercise
Refocus exercise
Night vision drive
Target identification
Night live fire

Required Equipment:

We can supply you with night vision, laser, 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.ย 

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 info@monarchdefense.org for details.

Red, green, or infrared laser.
100 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 if you are bringing your own.

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



Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org

Cancellation Policy:ย 

There is no penalty to reschedule your class as long as you provide written notice at least 1 hour before the start of class by email to info@monarchdefense.org. Your credit is good for 1 year. We do not provide refunds.

Additional information


Saturday September 16th, 2023 at 6pm, Friday October 27th, 2023 at 6pm