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trooks
November 22, 2013, 07:45 PM
Is there an advantage with shooting with both eyes open and what is the best method for learning and practicing this ?

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9mmepiphany
November 22, 2013, 09:07 PM
The advantage is that you don't lose half your field of vision/awareness.

I did it naturally, I just didn't close that eye while aiming...someone had to tell me that I should close the "non-aiming" eye

When I started shooting on my high school ROTC team, the coach told us to leave the non-dominate eye open to lessen the stress of closing it. He provided us with covers/patches for the lenses of out shooting glasses. You'll also see folks who put translucent tape over that lens...because the differing light intensities affect your focus.

When teaching, I usually have a client close their non-dominate eye, sight with their dominate one, and then open their closed eye. What you're training you subconscious to recognize is which picture you want it to concentrate on.

Hoser
November 23, 2013, 10:20 AM
I do both. Just depends on how hard I need to concentrate and how relaxed I am at the time.

Do whatever works.

sauer1911
November 23, 2013, 11:36 AM
I think I started closing one eye, then found out I was using my weaker eye when I did that.

Now for about 2 years I have had both eyes open, right hand shooter, dominant left eye. I can see sights and when my bullet hits the target, that is up to 15yds.

I think it is something you just have to get use to. It is definitely better shooting with both eyes open, you can acquire targets smoother and faster.

You can see threats faster with both eyes open.

be safe

trooks
November 23, 2013, 07:59 PM
Thanks for the advice. I have tried one side of your shooting glasses covered. Will keep on practicing.

Nwflycaster
November 24, 2013, 03:43 AM
The advantage of both eyes open is much less eye fatigue.

Walkalong
November 30, 2013, 01:35 PM
Two eyes open with a low power scope, a red dot, or iron sights is much faster, and as stated, your full field of view is available. Much better for shooting games or self defense.

For Benchrest it eliminated the short time between seeing the flags are what you want to getting your aiming point set and firing, during which the wind loves to change.

But it isn't mandatory for anything if you are uncomfortable with it. It does take a bit of practice if you are not used to it.

Serenity
December 8, 2013, 06:01 PM
I found when I started shooting eyes open that my jaw and neck even were more relaxed. Especially with earmuffs (as opposed to plugs). Also less eye fatigue. It was easy for me to switch because I hadn't been shooting long.

Mike1234567
December 8, 2013, 06:14 PM
I found when I started shooting eyes open that my jaw and neck even were more relaxed. Especially with earmuffs (as opposed to plugs). Also less eye fatigue. It was easy for me to switch because I hadn't been shooting long.
You weren't holding your tongue right.

gym
December 8, 2013, 06:34 PM
It takes less concentration to leave both eyes open, rather than to think about closing one. And as 9 said, you cut your field of vision by 50%. The last thing you want to do if there are threats that you need to evaluate and watch for. Your dominant eye will take over naturally, if not, you are thinking about it too much, practice relaxing when you shoot, don't be stiff. It's like any kind of fighting, your body needs to relax to maintain flexibility and strength.

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