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Old 10-30-2012, 03:51 AM   #21
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I'd just point out that Olympian shooters use some fancy covers for their lazy eye. I don't think you could label it as correct or incorrect. I only use both eyes with a parallax sight because it doesn't need to be aligned. There is only one dot and it's on the target, and the open window lets you see things surrounding the target. Only good for close to med range. On that note, I've never seen anyone shoot with a scope with both eyes.

I was taught from an early age, and that teaching was re-nforced by the military and police training to keep both eyes open regardless.

I use scopes on nearly all of my rifles now, and never close an eye. You lose half of your peripheral vision if you close an eye. That could get you killed.


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Even looking through a scope? Seems like you'd have two different points of focal reference.



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Pistol both eyes open. Rifle one eye.
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Even looking through a scope? Seems like you'd have two different points of focal reference.

Not really. You "see" the target through the scope, but you see movement through the other eye.

I first learned to shoot with both eyes open, but I suppose it could cause problems if you learned with one eye closed.

But I remember my instructors at police academy would just have a fit if they caught you closing an eye.
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Both eyes open. It was very hard in the beginning, but it's second nature now. It helps having a very dominant eye on your strong side

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Before I got into competition, I used the "one eye" for everything. Now it "depends" on conditions.
After shooting hundreds of rounds, I found that if I kept both eyes open I could see more targets during shooting and that my face was more relaxed at the end of the day.

It takes less muscle strength to use both eyes than using one eye.

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I shoot with one eye open. So which way is the correct way and why? I really want to know and thanks for all the info.
There is no really 'correct' way to do it, but some defense pros will tell you to keep both eyes open. The reasoning is that by closing your non-shooting eye you are creating a huge blind spot in your peripheral vision. Your shooting eye can't see past your nose, so everything to the closed eye side is effectively blocked out. That increases the area you can be threatened from.

If you can hit the target with both eyes open that's great, but if you can't, close one eye. Hitting the target is what's important. You can threat scan later.

Some people don't know which eye is dominant, so here's a quick test. With both eyes open extend either arm and point your index finger upward. Line your index finger up with something that is vertical and don't move it from this point on. Without moving the finger close your right eye. Open your right eye and close your left. For one of these the finger appeared to move off target. That is your weak eye. Your dominant eye is the one that allowed your finger to remain on target.

So, can you be a good shot if your strong eye is on the opposite side from your strong hand? Absolutely. A sight picture is a sight picture. When you line them up on target you will hit what you aim at within reason. You may have a problem shooting with both eyes open, but that is not carved in stone. It's an individual thing. Some people can and some people can't. It may just be a matter of practice
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I shoot with one eye closed. I've tried with both eyes open and I just can't get a good sight picture. I'd love to be able to shoot accurately with both eyes open. One less thing I would have to worry about.

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I shoot with one eye closed. I've tried with both eyes open and I just can't get a good sight picture. I'd love to be able to shoot accurately with both eyes open. One less thing I would have to worry about.
Took me awhile- Just have to keep at it IF thats what you want-
I'm in agreement theres no right or wrong way--


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