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View Poll Results: Do you close an eye when shooting?
I keep both eyes open. 25 37.88%
I close one eye. 35 53.03%
I close both eyes. 6 9.09%
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:26 AM   #21
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I use to shoot with one eye open until I got a red dot on my AR. I started using both eyes open on it, and it just slowly carried over to everything else. Scoped guns was the last one I started doing this with. At first it was really hard to focus on the scope, but I stuck with it til I am now able to shoot just as good as I could with only one eye open.



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When shooting do you close the non-dominant eye or keep both eyes open?
Whichever I feel like at the time. Scoped or open, moving or stationary, makes no difference to me. I have been down to just my left eye for about 7 years now. Open or closed, I only use the one.


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I shoot with both eyes open. That's the way I was taught 50 years ago. Who am to argue?

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Like Trip, the military taught me to shoot with one eye closed.

Then we started using CCOs and holographic sights, and we were taught to shoot with both eyes open.

Now, the only time I close an eye is when I shoot with one hand. Even when using iron sights on my long arms.

Like most everything else, if it works for you, why mess with it?

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Who picked both eyes closed?
Thats me! I lied! That was to give any criminals a false sense of security!

I shoot shotgun righty, Pistol or Rifle Lefty, close one eye always so that I dont get confused. My right eye sucks just enough so that a single projectile is best shot with my good eye (Other than a Mortar). Wish I was truly ambidextrous but this is as close as I can get, I can live with that!
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At least I try to keep both eyes open.

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I have always closed one eye and focused on the front sight. I bought one of those holographic sights last year and tried keeping both eyes open. It worked alright. Then when I went back to iron sights, I closed one eye again. I just can't train myself to close one eye with this sight, open both for that sight. It's confusing and I don't want confusion when I shoot.

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I'm aware there is a school of thought behind keeping both eyes open. Unfortunately, not an option I can afford as I am slowly going blind in my left eye. Fortunately I am right-handed and right eye dominant, but if I don't close my left eye I have trouble focusing with my right.

I will probably require surgery in the future. Putting it off as long as I can because if I require multiple surgeries throughout the remainder of my life I want to be able to pursue them.

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Handguns and rifles with iron or holo sights I have both open if I'm shooting long range with optics it's one eye open

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I'm shoot right-handed, but I'm left eye dominant. Gotta close that left eye.



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