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wmille01 06-25-2011 04:02 PM

one eye or both
my wife asked me a question and I don't really know how to answer it, is it better to shoot with both eyes open or just one, does it even matter?

IGETEVEN 06-25-2011 04:11 PM

What ever works the best for you and yours and you hit what your aiming at. So I suppose it doesn't matter. I shoot with both eyes open FWIW. :cool:

winds-of-change 06-25-2011 04:51 PM

I shoot with one eye closed most of the time. I am trying to get used to shooting with both eyes open and I keep both eyes open when I think about it. As someone told me once, it's better to keep both eyes open because if you close one eye, you lose the peripheral vision on that side that you could use to see movement or someone coming at you from that direction. Anyway, I believe it is less tiring to keep both eyes open. I'm still working on that, amongst many other things in regards to shooting, though. :o

therewolf 06-25-2011 09:19 PM

This is personal. Many go with the dominant eye. I do.

c3shooter 06-25-2011 10:33 PM

some shooters seem to close BOTH eyes.....:p

Seriously, both open is better for several reasons, but some folks have a LOT of trouble with that.

SOME of us need all the vision we have left!

wmille01 06-25-2011 10:44 PM

it was brought up while I was shooting my bow, it was given to me by my father in law the rear sight is really big makes it hard to be pin point accurate. She told me that her dad shot with both eyes open it worked sorta, I tried it with my pellet rifle and i don't know I liked it I hit what I was shooting at but it felt odd.

danf_fl 06-25-2011 11:54 PM

When on the target range, my goal is to relax as much as possible and enjoy the shooting session. Any un-needed tension (hands too tight, back too stiff, closing one eye, etc...) seems to have an affect on my shooting.

In competition, I'm already tense and don't need to add to it.

Bottom line, I (try to) shoot with both eyes open.

sweeper22 06-26-2011 12:59 AM

Both open is ideal. That said, there's nothing wrong with learning however you're most comfortable.

I'm usually guilty of closing one, and am intent on changing that. It's good to keep both open with rifles too, especially with shorter range quick acquisition (CQB) shooting. It allows you to know what the heck's going on beyond what you see in your scope/ additional threats, friendlies straying into the line of fire, etc.

It requires a hefty helping of focus, discipline, and repetition for most shooters to keep both open and shoot well, but it can become a habit. One coaching cliche I often quote to my high schools kids says it all:

Practice does not make "perfect", but it does make good habits "permanent".

JonM 06-26-2011 01:11 AM

i shoot both open even with scoped rifles. i can focus with either eye at will as needed.

RiflesOnly 06-26-2011 11:13 AM

Both eyes open affords you the opportunity to see environmental changes such as wind shifts or additional targets that may became available.
As stated earlier, it also helps to stay aware of where your teammates are in relation to where you are shooting.
In less dynamic scenarios, such as observing through the scope or through a spotting scope, you are much less fatigued when using both eyes.
At Rifles Only, we spend a great deal of time not only using both eyes open, but also shooting from both shoulders with precision rifles and carbines, and both left and right hands with handguns.
You have two eyes, two hands, and two shoulders. It is best to be able to use all of them depending on the shooting scenario you encounter.

Most do not practice shooting from the "weak" side. However, it is an extremely valuable skill set to master.

Cover coming from the right side should cause you to automatically switch to the left shoulder to avoid exposing too much of your person. Make a smaller profile out of yourself and be able to be effective at it. Additionally, in a hunting scenario, utilizing blinds, bushes, trees or some other form of rifle rest, the ability to shoot from both shoulders opens up more opportunities for a successful hunt. There is much less movement on your part if you have the ability to simply switch shoulders rather than being forced to change your entire body position just to be able to shoot from your "strong" side.
The ability to do this starts with shooting with both eyes open


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