Dominant eye

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by rangeshooter, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. rangeshooter

    rangeshooter New Member

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    I'm sure its been covered here often, but I'm right-handed, and definitely left-eye dominant, no question about that. BUT, Thursday on the range, for the first time in my 2 years of shooting now, I tried closing my left eye and using my right eye. (Had handguns on Thursday) It seems that there was very little difference in accuracy. I forgot to try keeping both eyes open, will try that next week.

    I'm just past 60 now and my eyes are fine except for reading newspaper-size print. Can read it, but a hassle, so use reading glasses. Keeping the sights level for the vertical accuracy not a problem, but placing the front sight dead center in the rear sights is the problem. Shot placement is either left or right, and of course sometimes high and low too, but the left/right the major problem. I'm guessing prescription glasses would help me see the sights better.
     
  2. RairWeatherSmok

    RairWeatherSmok New Member

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    Depends on the prescription. Mine drive me crazy trying to shoot. I have progressive lenses that correct reading and distance.

    I can't focus short distance on sights & see the target other than a blur. Or I can focus on the target, and can't see the sights other than a blur.

    I'm trying both eyes open with a point & shoot sight. My red dots on pistols work.
     

  3. Sh00tnButt

    Sh00tnButt New Member

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    when you folks figure it out let me know .. i wear tri focal's .. talk about a pain in the butt .. i am also cross dominate eye shooter .. at least that's my excuse for being a bad shot :rolleyes:
     
  4. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Cross Eyed!

    Make yourself a patch to put over your right eye. If that doesn't work, remove the rear sight and shoot with both eyes open. The point and shoot takes time to learn but is more than worth it in the long run. It helps to shoot 22 cal. pistols because its alot cheaper. And if nothing else theres always the sawd off shotgun, and you can hit the target with both eyes closed.:eek::)
     
  5. bmb1127

    bmb1127 New Member

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    my buddy shoots both eyes open i just can't get it myself. Let us knowhow it works out
     
  6. Sh00tnButt

    Sh00tnButt New Member

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    What is the trick to shooting both eye's open?

    when i try to shoot with both eye's open i get crossed eye .. it seems my left eye takes over so i see the target but then the front sight is blurred or gets in the way .. i can't shoot a rifle accurately with iron sights .. BUT .. i can shoot clay's with a shot gun because i just use the front sight and of course there is a longer sight picture .. i just put a red dot scope on my 22, 5" pistol, but the target is still blurry out at 25 yds .. so i am shooting at a blur .. very frustrating .. next i will try a rifle scope with an extended "eye relief" and hope that works .. i have had shooting glasses made .. helped some what, but i still don't shoot the way i know i am/was capable of .. well, when i was younger i did anyway ..
    i have a front license plate that says "Getting old is not for Sissy's!" .. ain't that the truth! ..
     
  7. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Cross Eyed......

    I did a search on eye dominance and there are lots of info. This one is very interesting. Easy Hit [U K] Ltd. Give it a look see.:)
     
  8. Sh00tnButt

    Sh00tnButt New Member

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    WHAT :eek: .. WHERE :confused: .. i don't see nada .. :D
     
  9. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I have a really tough time using the search feature embedded in this forum, yet I really love the forum. I just type into Google the search I want, then type "site:firearmstalk.com" Here...let me Google that for you:

    left eye dominant site:firearmstalk.com

    I shoot with both eyes open and just allow my dominant eye (in my case, right eye) do the work. On my guns with Crimson Trace, the laser dot messes with my brain. My wife is left-eye dominant and she has to cock her head over the sights.
     
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  10. USMCjtm

    USMCjtm New Member

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    Although I'm left handed and left eye dominant, I shoot semi-auto pistols right handed. I just use my dominant eye, focusing on the front sight, with both eyes open. When I shoot rifles or shotguns, I close my left eye(shooting RIGHT handed) , and focus on target. I don't know if this is the "correct" way to shoot, but it works well for me.


    Semper Fi
     
  11. Hollander

    Hollander New Member

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    I am right handed and left eye dominant as well. In my pistol training class suggested that I put my left foot forward and right foot back and/or turn my head to the right slightly. I shoot with both eyes open and his suggestion works well for me. I am 68 years old and wear distance contacts so I had a pair of glasses made that goes from clear to readers. The glass fitter also changed the optical fitting to more match a shooting stance and pistol hold - I think he raised the focal point slightly if I remember what he said. Those glasses also helped to see the sights better without much head adjustment. I think experiementing with stance and head alignment may help your situation. At least it is worth a try.
     
  12. dteed4094

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    I just had an eye exam to tweak my glasses. When I went to pick them up I couldnt see distance through the right lens so they reexamined and made a new set of lenses which were worse. The dr. said as long as I could see distance with my left eye the lenses were good. I asked for my money back and they charged me a cancelation fee of 20%. Ill never go back to Shawnee optical again. My 6 year old glasses work way better than the new ones did. The eye dr. shoots and couldn't understand why I had to see out of my right eye! If you are batting in baseball it is an advantage to be right handed and left eye dominant. You don't have to look past your nose and your left eye is closer to the pitcher so it is easier to follow the ball.
     
  13. rob072770

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    red worked for me

    I got a red dot for my GSG-5 with both eyes open It worked well all clip in a quarter at 25 yrds. Have to shot left handed in rifles shot right handed in pistols. I wish I had my young eyes back. Adding a red dot to my 1911 we will see how that works.
     
  14. afi1

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    If you shoot pistol defensively, you need to do it both eyes open if you can. Don't focus on the target, regardless. Always focus on the front sight. You should be looking at the target/threat, punch or bring the pistol up into your line of sight with a slight upward cant. Your eyes will pick up the frong sight. When this happens, focus on the front sight. You'll still see the target in the background. After you shoot, do it all over again. Don't make a habit of looking for your hits, just re-aquire and shoot again. If you aren't focused on the front sight, you won't be able to maintain good sight picture and you'll likely miss. If you're left eye dominant, just turn your head, don't move the gun as it can cause bad grip and shooting stance and make it harder to control recoil.
     
  15. rob072770

    rob072770 New Member

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    left eye domaint right handed

    I got it working
     

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