Originally Posted by Fathead00
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