Conditions were better than could have been asked for. Clear, cool, dead calm, moderate humidity. Star light was just bright enough to illuminate ground. Tried a few variations of the following drill: Run 20 yard up to about 4 yards of the target stands, engage with pistol, two shots each, run up to grill (about another 20 yards if my beer addled memory is to be trusted) engage steel at about twenty or thirty yards, shooting about 4 shots.
Ranges need to paced off in the daylight as course is set in the future, as fuck if we are gonna figure it out after dark.
It seems that standard rifle loads produce sufficient smoke as to obscure the target after but two or three rounds at night. This was a problem presenting with all three lighting solutions, and with each wolf gold, standard wolf, PMC XM193, Federal M855, and torn down and reassembled M855. Hypothesis given initial results is that rifle loads are simply too smokey to retain a sight picture in conditions while remaining stationary with longer strings of fire. Proposed solutions are relocating after double-taps or changing shooting stance.
Several variations of course tried, including standard, added alternation between pistol targets, added reload between pairs of rifle shots. Each proved both challenging and amusing for at least myself.
Shooting while moving course of fire proposed but opposed by majority.
Bounding fire course of fire proposed but tabled in the interest of further training.
Target stands worked admirably. Lighter weight PVC easier to reassemble on sight, but do not hold up to strikes as well. Standardization of pipe diameter will ease maintenance. New stand sustained several strikes to one of the uprights, resulting in subsequent failure in the part. More careful target placement, smaller backer, or several centered targets could all prevent future stand damage.
Clearest result is that rifle lights are necessary for night shooting. Head lamps improperly illuminate sights, impeding proper sight employment.