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Old September 9th, 2014, 05:47 AM   #1
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whats wrong with me

I went to the range with some friends this weekend, every time I tried shooting with both eyes open focusing on the front sight post I basically went cross eyed I could shoot with ether eye alone but couldn't maintain a sight picture with both open. For the record I do not have any need for corrective lens, per my physician so ... help
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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:06 AM   #2
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Practice, practice, practice. Practice at home, with an empty gun of course. Close one eye get a sight picture open the other eye slowly while still keeping the sight picture. Repeat as needed.
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Old September 9th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #3
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With both eyes open you're still using your dominant eye. The non-dominant is there just for more peripheral vision.
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Old September 9th, 2014, 03:19 PM   #4
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Corrective lenses are not the issue. Do you know which eye is dominant? That is the 1st question that needs answered.

I'm lefty/right eye dominant. I'm still working on it but what I do is just shift my left hand over more to center than stay on my left side. I haven't worked out what to do when I practice right handed yet. At this point I just use the one eye with which ever hand is holding the gun and close the other.

For now, I practice at home, when not at the range, (all safety issues are followed) and just sight say, the little dongle that is on the end of the blinds. I sight it in, then close my non dominant eye, and if it is still in the sight picture, I win! That is how I found out that moving the pistol just a touch more to center makes my dominant eye do the work. Now it is just a matter of training. The more I do it, the easier it becomes to sight in and not go cross eyed!

Want to make it more complicated? I wear tri-focals! So try finding that little spot in your glasses that makes the front post in focus and everything else blurry!! Now that's a challenge!

Most important is "baby steps". Everything takes time.

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Old September 9th, 2014, 03:45 PM   #5
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Like ginzo said, once you figure out what your sweet spot is, it'll make the world of difference! If you shoot shotgun at all, I'd recomend shooting some clay pidgeons (skeet, sporting clays...whatever you call them) with both eyes open to get used to tracking a target with both eyes open. Once you figure out where to place the sightpost in relation to what you see (the target) the pistol should be a peice of cake!
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Old September 9th, 2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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Well.....I'm about to "skin my ignorance" as we say round here.

I never knew it was important to shoot with both eyes open! Please.....those far more learned than I. ........why???
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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:37 PM   #7
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Situational awareness mainly, and the ability to more easily find/keep up with what you're trying to shoot.

Using only one eye leaves one with tunnel vision, and a lack of depth perception.

When I was a little boy, my Dad taught me to shoot with one eye. It didn't take me long at all to get over that.

Why? Try shooting a flying bird or running rabbit (or deer) with only one eye open.

In other than a static situation like bullseye shooting (the real world, for example); you'll be way too far behind the curve to survive in many situations.

Shooters that have lost their vision in one eye can overcome the limitation; but they have to work really hard at it.

Why would one purposely limit themselves?

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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #8
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Well.....I'm about to "skin my ignorance" as we say round here.

I never knew it was important to shoot with both eyes open! Please.....those far more learned than I. ........why???
Same reasons as using both eyes when driving a car, swinging a golf club, or shooting a basketball - increased information & perspective.

BTW, nothing wrong with ignorance, unless we let it become willful ignorance; which is all too common nowadays.


{edit - Rick M answered the question as I was typing; nothing in his post I'd disagree with at all.}
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Dry Fire, Dry Fire - with both eyes open
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