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#5678296 - 03/31/15 04:07 PM shooting with both eyes open
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What do the experts say? Is it appropriate for some circumstances and not for others?

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#5678311 - 03/31/15 04:20 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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Depends on what type of shooting you're doing.

Long range rifle shooting through a magnified scope - No
Short range carbine shooting through red dot - Yes
Pistol shooting - Yes
Shotgun shooting - Yes

Only time I close my non-dominant eye is when I'm shooting through a highly magnified scope, everything else both eyes open.
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#5678318 - 03/31/15 04:25 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: KRoyal]
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Originally Posted By: KRoyal
Depends on what type of shooting you're doing.

Long range rifle shooting through a magnified scope - No
Short range carbine shooting through red dot - Yes
Pistol shooting - Yes
Shotgun shooting - Yes

Only time I close my non-dominant eye is when I'm shooting through a highly magnified scope, everything else both eyes open.


Prett much nailed it, although I don't shoot shotguns with both eyes open. Carbines all the time, pistol all the time and I only use the sights from the 25yd line and past
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#5678320 - 03/31/15 04:26 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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Interesting. I'll have to try both eyes open.

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#5678325 - 03/31/15 04:28 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
Originally Posted By: KRoyal
Depends on what type of shooting you're doing.

Long range rifle shooting through a magnified scope - No
Short range carbine shooting through red dot - Yes
Pistol shooting - Yes
Shotgun shooting - Yes

Only time I close my non-dominant eye is when I'm shooting through a highly magnified scope, everything else both eyes open.


Prett much nailed it, although I don't shoot shotguns with both eyes open. Carbines all the time, pistol all the time and I only use the sights from the 25yd line and past


I used to close one eye to focus on my bead on the front of my shotgun, but this year I started during dove season shooting with both eyes open and swinging with the bird and carried over into duck season seems to work a lot better for me.
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#5678375 - 03/31/15 05:05 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: KRoyal]
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Originally Posted By: KRoyal
Depends on what type of shooting you're doing.

Long range rifle shooting through a magnified scope - No
Short range carbine shooting through red dot - Yes
Pistol shooting - Yes
Shotgun shooting - Yes

Only time I close my non-dominant eye is when I'm shooting through a highly magnified scope, everything else both eyes open.


^^This^^

Shooting a scoped rifle, and can't find the target, it is beneficial to turn down magnification, and learn to scan with both eyes. Once the target is found close the non-dominant eye, and increase magnifiaction as needed. Some people get vertigo doing this, though.
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#5678664 - 03/31/15 07:57 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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Can't shoot with both eyes open. I shoot right handed and am left eye dominant.
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#5678699 - 03/31/15 08:14 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: GLC]
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Originally Posted By: GLC
Can't shoot with both eyes open. I shoot right handed and am left eye dominant.


You need a left hand rifle.
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#5678714 - 03/31/15 08:22 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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I noticed when I shoot a red dot(reflex) with both eyes open that was originally sighted in Like a normal scope(one-eyed)

1) That my groups move slightly left of where I am shooting .
so I reset the dot and hit where I aim( both open)

2) That peeps that shoot the same gun (one-eyed) groups are slightly off for them

so is this true with all red-dot or only the Reflex or am I just cross-eyed
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#5678715 - 03/31/15 08:22 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
22hemi13 Offline
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Ha I'm left eye dominant too. But can't even begin to try and shoot left handed. I hit target just fine. Trying to do the pistol with both open.

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#5678760 - 03/31/15 08:49 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 22hemi13]
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Originally Posted By: 22hemi13
Ha I'm left eye dominant too. But can't even begin to try and shoot left handed. I hit target just fine. Trying to do the pistol with both open.


That is due to muscle memory. You don't have the muscle memory left handed, it has to be learned. I can shoot just as tight right handed as I can left (I'm left handed) but I have to think about what I am doing more so than left handed. Mind over matter is all it is.
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#5678769 - 03/31/15 08:53 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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"Aim" a rifle with one eye closed, "point" a shotgun with both eyes open... This was taught for many years. I tend to follow this technique. I will also shoot pistol with both eyes open like others have mentioned.

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#5678778 - 03/31/15 08:59 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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First of all, I'm old and I have lost the great vision I once enjoyed. Secondly, I'm not the greatest shot in the world. I do shoot a lot, and probably have developed bad habits. I'm left eye dominant and shoot right handed. I don't like to hold my left eye closed because my facial muscles get tired and start twitching, my right eye starts dilating in sympathy for the left eye which is closed. That combination makes me start to see a blurred view through the scope. The way I've learned to cope with that problem is to get on target with the left eye closed, then relax enough that the eye opens. Normally my right eye will continue to dominate long enough for me to get a shot off. If not, I close the left eye momentarily and try again. If I am going to keep the left eye closed for the shot, I need to get on target and shoot pretty quick, or things start to blur and twitch.

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#5678782 - 03/31/15 09:01 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
Originally Posted By: KRoyal
Depends on what type of shooting you're doing.

Long range rifle shooting through a magnified scope - No
Short range carbine shooting through red dot - Yes
Pistol shooting - Yes
Shotgun shooting - Yes

Only time I close my non-dominant eye is when I'm shooting through a highly magnified scope, everything else both eyes open.


Prett much nailed it, although I don't shoot shotguns with both eyes open. Carbines all the time, pistol all the time and I only use the sights from the 25yd line and past

Pistols come equipped with sights for a reason...
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#5678792 - 03/31/15 09:05 PM Re: shooting with both eyes open [Re: 68A]
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If your shooting a shotgun your doing it right. If your doing it with a rifle you should have started at a younger age.

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