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Old 10-11-2010, 04:12 AM   #11
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And now, your most natural state--both eyes open, looking downrange at the target--is the state you can use to engage a threat.

That's what training will do. Don't fight nature, get used to it.


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And now, your most natural state--both eyes open, looking downrange at the target--is the state you can use to engage a threat.

That's what training will do. Don't fight nature, get used to it.
Well.. It's a little bit like fighting nature at first and forcing your brain to get used to it. The eye thing for me was not the issue, it was the brain thing. You see, I am looking at things with the left eye that are not much the target but the indications of the conditions of the wind. Also looking at the swirls or mirage of the air with right eye through the scope before I squeeze one off to further calculate wind deflection in my head. I now leave my windage at 100 yard zero and shoot off Mill dots for hold off at further ranges. It's much quicker and works extremely well for me. Once you get your brain there it's kinda' like muscle memory. At least thats how it's working for me.

You are correct though, training and practice is the key to pulling this off.


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But then what about when you don't have your cool glasses? I just go au natural because I want as many factors as possible the same as I may encounter during an actual critical situation. I'm not a competition shooter.
Chris, non-perscription glasses "should" not make any difference (paralax maybe). I will not let anyone shoot without eye protection.

Those are your only eyes, why take chances if you do not have to? All it takes is one hot casing, and your shooting days are over.
(And the casing does not have to come from your firearm.)
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I have always found that for defensive shooting it is absolutely neccessary to learn instinctice shooting techniques...ie:stance and both eyes open. I was taught to triangulate on my target using my support hand as a "pointer". I practice around the house with an empty pistol and when I get to the range it pays off. It stands to reason if your in a "real" defensive shooting situation your not going to be aiming with one eye or using iron sights for that matter. You want to learn to pull and shoot without all the fuss. This is why I love my Colt New Agent 45. not alot of crap in the way to clutter things up...
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Chris, non-perscription glasses "should" not make any difference (paralax maybe). I will not let anyone shoot without eye protection.

Those are your only eyes, why take chances if you do not have to? All it takes is one hot casing, and your shooting days are over.
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I wasn't suggesting he shoot without goggles, just that during a critical situation he won't have special glasses with a piece of tape over his left eye. So he should strongly consider learning how to shoot with both eyes open.

Always shoot with "eyes" and "ears"!
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Anyone do it? How does it work?

I tried it, but I get all cross eyed and the sight doubles. I was told it's better to shoot with both eyes open, but is there some sort of training involved?


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The shooting...It's better with the both eyes open. Even if you are short-sighted, the one eye compensate the other.

Of course it will be hard in the beginning, but you will use to it with the time. You need a few days

If you start to get cross eyed, you should try closing one of your eyes just for a sec. This way you can find which image is the real one.

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Amen on the scotch tape over shooting glasses. This was the only way I was able to shoot with both eyes open. It is very difficult to train your eyes to do, but well worth it. Try focusing on the front sight of your gun with the barrel a couple of inches from a blank wall. ( gun being unloaded of course ) This will help your eyes to focus eliminating some of the perspective factors.
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Try a modified Weaver stance 90 degrees to your target with your grip arm extended...your "free" hand supporting your pistol under your grip hand while using your supporting hand index finger as a sort of "pointer". With head at an angle to your target, your dominate eye is further from the target while your "weak" eye is in line...You will naturally triangulate without trying and with practice, you really can't miss within reason...think of mindlessly tossing a piece of paper into the trash can from across the room and how you almost never miss...and too remember to practice every other possible position...imagine catching a round to your shooting arm and having to return fire with your weak hand...or laying on your back shooting behind you...you get the idea...yeah I got it bad...of course then there's just target shooting for fun...


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