Night Operator

2 Days (16 Hours)

1000 Rounds Rifle
(*No Green Tip Ammo*)
300 Rounds Pistol 



Personal ownership of night vision devices has exploded in the last few years, leaving many shooters with a new capability but only the internet and YouTube to learn the ins and outs of working in total darkness. The Ridgeline Night Operator course provides students best practices for the employment of night vision and white light inside the Rifleman’s area of responsibility (0-300m) with a heavy emphasis placed on engagements inside of 50 yards.

From setup and zeroing, basic night marksmanship, weapon and laser manipulations, and movement under NOD’s, this course is designed to provide you the foundation of night time operation skills. Students will be immersed in the fundamentals of understanding night vision devices and supporting equipment. After some daylight work up, students will engage in fundamental pistol and carbine skills while also employing white light, utilizing IR light, lasers and NVD’s in low light and no light courses of fire. Strings of fire include paper targets and steel arrays while shooting from stationary positions and while on the move.

Graduates of this course will be able to make shots from 0-100 yards with a 99% hit probability (day or night and from the prone)

Graduates of this course will be able to make shots from 0-300 yards with a 90% hit probability (day or night and from any position)

Graduates of this course will be able to pass a known qualification course of fire with an 80% hit probability (day or night)

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Prerequisite: This is a Fundamental Skills (Night Vision) and Skills Enhancement (Carbine/Pistol) course. Ridgeline fundamental skills courses have been designed to lay a strong foundation for core skills, in this case, with night vision optics, IR laser/illuminators, and white light use. Ridgeline skills enhancement courses have been designed to place shooters in new positions, challenge durability of position and fundamentals, and improve speed and marksmanship.  In this case, the student is required to have strong fundamentals with the carbine and pistol and will be asked to apply those skills now under no light and low light conditions. Relative to the firearms, this is not an entry level course. General safe firearms handling is expected of all students.

Next Course: If you are not confident in meeting the prerequisites for this course check out our CQC Carbine course to build the skills necessary to join this class. Following graduation of this course students should consider Night Operator 2 as the next step in their progression.

Subjects Covered:

  • Night vision theory
    • Optic manipulation
    • Laser manipulation and laser zeroing
    • Manipulating the environment
  • Equipment set up for night operations
    • Individual equipment set up
    • Rifle set up
    • Night safety considerations
  • Night carbine operation
    • Low/No-light fundamentals
    • Loading/Reloading
    • Short range engagements
    • Mid range engagements
    • White light integration
    • Malfunction clearance
  • Night pistol operation
    • Low/No-light fundamentals
    • Loading/Reloading
    • Iron sights vs RDS
    • Rifle to pistol transitions
    • White light techniques

Equipment List:


  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection


  • Carbine with Optic
  • 2 Point Sling
  • Weapon Mounted White Light
  • Weapon Mounted IR Laser/Illuminator
  • (4) Magazines
  • Handgun (RDS Recommended)
  • Weapon Mounted White Light (IR/White Light recommended but not required)
  • (4) Magazines


  • Belt with Positive Retention Holster
  • Magazine Carriers/Plate Carrier/Chest Rig (Must have the ability to carry 3 rifle mags and 2 pistol mags on body)
  • Helmet/Skullcrusher with NVG Mount
  • NVD/NVG’s (Recommend binocular i.e. PVS-31 but singe tube i.e. PVS-14 is acceptable)
  • Headlamp (White Lens/Red Lens)
  • Handheld Flashlight (White Lens/Red Lens)
  • Assault Pack for carrying all equipment
  • Athletic/Outdoor Footwear
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing/Gloves
  • Knee Pads
  • Note Taking Material

The Following Items are ALLOWED and/or RECOMMENDED


  • Gun Cleaning Kit
  • Gun/Sight Tools
  • Batteries for RDS
  • Batteries for NVG’s
  • Batteries for Ear Pro
  • Anti-Fog for Eye pro


  • Sun Block
  • Chapstick
  • Insect Repellent
  • Handwarmers
  • Cooler with drinks
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Camp Chair/Stool

Our Reviews

Nightfighter 1: 19-20 April 2024 (Out of Stock)



Personal ownership of night vision devices has exploded in the last few years, leaving many shooters with a new capability but only the internet and YouTube to learn the ins and outs of working in total darkness.

All course purchases are final and subject to Ridgeline's Terms and Conditions that include a no cancellation/no transfer policy.


The Ridgeline Training Center is a premier, purpose-built tactical training school. Located in Dalton, NH the school offers next generation courses and world class experiences for civilians, the corporate world, government agencies, law enforcement and military special operations groups. The Ridgeline team maintains a simple but important focus that THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT AND THEIR GOALS ARE ALWAYS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY.

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Dalton, NH 03598

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