This is a discussion on Acquiring target with both eyes open within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Ghost1958 I may be doing it wrong but I dont concentrate on the front sight but the point I want the bullet ...
AV guy I always have a camera with me. I am also a band booster which gets me a sideline pass to our football games. The two eye thing can be kinda tough when snapping pics or shooting video but once you learn it you wonder how you did without it. Same thing shooting. You gotta train the brain. My oldest daughter told me a couple of the pics I posted online ended up in the football banquet program.
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I shoot far better in combat practice with both eyes open. I learned to do this back when I was a kid and hunted birds. With practice, your dominant eye will take control of your aiming and with both eyes open, you retain depth perception. In a defensive situation, it is also important to retain peripheral vision as well. Practice and it will become second nature.
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Both eyes open, looking through the front sight for me. Gives peripheral perspective and excellent accuracy.
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Cross dominant here. That's right handed, left eye. I shoot both open. I learned to line my sights by focusing on front and lining back. It's not hard to do with practice.
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Interesting issue. I think I might be sort of 'eye-bidextrous' or something. I get varying results when I do these kinds of tests, and sometimes think I might be left dominant, but I shoot with my right eye and use it when looking in a telescope and such. I've tried shooting with the left, but it doesn't work well. I'm right handed and have always shot rifles using my right eye so maybe it's just a habit I can't break and when I draw, I invariably see the sight picture through my right eye. I'm fairly happy with my accuracy so I may not go messing around with this...
However, ya'll have me thinking of a very interesting issue: I am planning on getting some of the new Trijicon HD sights for my HK. I have been thinking of getting the yellow front sight, but I realize now I need to do an experiment. Because my right eye sees colors in a more red-ish hue, whereas my left sees more blue-ish, I may need to determine which color my right eye picks up quicker, and see if I can use this quirk of my vision to help get on target more effortlessly.
With both eyes open, that is!
I'm right handed and left eye dominant, had a tough time at first keeping both eye's open. One thing that I read + learned that helped a ton - when you push the gun out and begin to get a sight picture, make sure it is lined up under your dominant eye. I had to adjust and practice this a good bit, and just practicing getting a sight picture with both eye's open helps too. Just practice and it becomes habbit. Now it's easy, normal and habbit. Closing one eye now feels wierd. You'll get it, just practice.
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All of the dominance tests I try show neither eye being dominate. I see this as a good thing, since I shoot handguns right handed and long guns left handed.
I was taught to shoot with both eyes open. It's a matter of concentrating on one eye or the other. It is much more comfortable to keep both eyes open. Good luck
The gun should fit your hand as to be an extension to your arm. If you can look at something, and point to it automatically, if teh gun fits your hand, it will be pointed at what you are looking at.
MOST self defense situations happen at shorter distances. A synopsis of POLICE shooting say average is 21', 2.5 shots fired in 3 seconds. At 21' is should not be necessary to use sights. It willl just slow you down, and the object is to disable the BG before he can disable you. There is no second place winner in a gun fight
DO NOT practice by blacking out one eye or simular methods, unless you wear the patch all the time in public. Practie as to how you carry.
Glad this subject has come up again. I've tried both eyes open and can't seem to get the hang of it. Guess, I just need to practice more, employing one or more tips provided here. Thanks all!
Interesting, I cannot find the source, but I read somewhere that the average self defense interaction happens inside of 12 feet and with only two rounds fired. Not sure how to validate that but I practice from holster for two round shots, center mass at 15 feet most of the time.
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I'm cockeyed, so I just shoot two guns.
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