one eye or both

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by wmille01, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

    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 New Member

    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:

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    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. :eek:
  4. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    This is personal. Many go with the dominant eye. I do.
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    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!
  6. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

    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.
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    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.
  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    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".
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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

    RiflesOnly New Member Supporter


    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

  11. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

    I’m cross dominant. I covered my dominate eye's safety glass lens with frosted ‘magic’ tape when I did single shot pistol.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  12. Sonnypie

    Sonnypie New Member

    I grew up single eye sighting.
    But later in life (mid-teens) I retrained myself to keep both eyes open.
    That way the sights, or scope, comes to the field of view and becomes part of the picture. Much faster target/sights acquisition.
    Since I am a right handed (mainly) shooter, I usually find I have the picture as normal, and the sights or "cross hairs" seem to naturally fall into line.
    For me, it was an acquired taste.
    You can also wink your non-eye shut, once you are on your target. ;)

    Started out single eyed, learned to keep both open. Your brain will learn to adjust.
    Not to mention breathing and heart rate into the picture. :)
  13. RiflesOnly

    RiflesOnly New Member Supporter


    That heart beat issue can be solved with a sharp Strider knife straight through the chest. The unfortunate part is that it only works once, and even then, you better be quick about it.
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    I've found I can shoot with both eyes open using a pistol but I have problems doing it with a rifle so to make things equal I usually shoot with one closed. I try to practice with both open though, like shooting with your weak hand.
  15. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

    Ditto! Works for me as well.
  16. rifleman1

    rifleman1 Active Member

    i shoot with both eyes open with my pistol and close one when shooting my have more depth perception with both eyes open but for some reason i tend to close one i with my rifle.
  17. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

    It tends to be a matter of personal preference. Each has their own advantage and disadvantages. I personally shoot both eyes open, because that's how I shoot when I do archery, and it allows me to see the environment around me. I have the advantage that I've trained my right eye to still be dominant when I use both eyes open, which basically means that even though both my eyes are open my right eye still focuses the most on the sight while my left eye allows me to still see what's around me.
  18. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Both open is much better tactically for all of the reasons mentioned by others. If there is a double vision problem with both open, simply start to close the recessive eye and only go enough to make the double vision disappear. You still have all the benefits and no problems!
  19. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    I grew up using a single eye to shoot pistols and rifles. I try every time I go to the range to shoot some with both eyes but I just can't do it. I can't focus for crap when trying to shoot both eyes open. I end up with poor groups and a headache.
  20. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    You may find this interesting:


    The bad advice that I hear most often is to shoot with one eye, the non-dominant one, closed. Most military schools and expert instructors teach that both eyes should be open, even in long range shooting. However, I still see a lot of instructors telling shooters to close the non-dominant eye. This is the absolute wrong way to teach shooting. Although many shooters may believe that the monocular versus binocular shooting is simply a difference in approach, the "one eye closed" method is not correct. --Doug Koenig, Professional Shooter, Hornady Ammunition