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Help me out here: What's a sight picture supposed to look like?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CmdrSlander, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Soldiernurse

    Soldiernurse Well-Known Member

    • Shoot right handed
    • Cross eye dominant
    • Stigmatism... for many years
    • In my 50's... vision quality decreases with age
    = Must shoot w/R eye closed

    Yes, w/R eye closed I lose some of my R side periphery. Nonetheless, tracking on only one bad guy is not an issue w/an eye closed.
  2. CSG

    CSG Well-Known Member

    Other than plinking and slow target fire, as we age, for some of us this all goes out the window. I'm a lefty shooter, left eye dominant. To see a distant target clearly, I need glasses. However, with glasses, the sites are a blur. I haven't gotten progressive or bifocal lenses because I find them disorienting in day to day usage. I've started to move towards a laser for defensive carry and optical red dot for pistol target. For rifle, it's a scope. I can still shoot OK over iron sights but I shoot as well as I ever did with the optical aids.

    Remember that target shooting and defensive shooting are two completely different events as to how and what you do.
  3. Infidel4life11

    Infidel4life11 Well-Known Member

    Inside of 25m both eyes open focused on front sight. Beyond 25m non-Dom is closed and I'm still focused on front sight but also paying attention to the whole sight picture making sure it's all lined up.
  4. jon86

    jon86 Well-Known Member

    subbed to read later
  5. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    Try as I might to shoot with both eyes open, I have nearly co-dominate eyes so no matter which eye I put the sights in front of my brain says I see the target better out of the other one.
  6. Soldiernurse

    Soldiernurse Well-Known Member

    Your integrity is in question which such a sarcastic post.

  7. thorazine

    thorazine Well-Known Member

    I always close both eyes.. loud bangs scare me.
  8. Soldiernurse

    Soldiernurse Well-Known Member

    Your most likely closing your eyes due to uncontrollable eye movement. Please consider seeing your MD for possible dosage adjustment. Such disorders must be kept under control, especially when firearms are involved.

  9. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    I have no idea where you're coming from. My post was genuine. If I have a sight picture with my right eye and my left eye is closed, when I open my left eye I loose the sights because my left eye becomes dominate. Same thing happens the other way.
  10. Soldiernurse

    Soldiernurse Well-Known Member

    My apologies. I thought you were being sarcastic. I'm certainly not an Optician but how are you able to sight-in regards to sight-alignment. I have to wear my spectacles d/t stigmatism, as well as distance farther than +- 20
  11. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    If I want any kind of focus on sights I have to close one eye or obscure image in some way (IE tape on glasses).
    I do however have the advantage of being able to shoot with either eye and shoot both longguns and handguns left handed with my left eye.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013

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