I close my non-aiming eye.
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Just wondering how many people shoot with bith eyes open, and how many close one eye to aim. Did not give this a lot of thought untill my wife brought it to my attention, maybe I should do a poll, but not sure how to do that.....so a little input, and why you feel one way is better than the other. I never paid a lot of attention to it, untill a friend of mine came out the other day and we shot a little out back, and he asked me if i always shoot with both eyes open....i reckon so, unless i am looking through a scope......just curious....thanks for any input.
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Both eyes open for handgun; one eye closed for rifle; both eyes open for shotgun.
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Both eyes open...always.
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If you ever get into a fight, your eyes will open wide...both of them...for various reasons.
You'll want and need all the advantage that you can get. Closing an eye eliminates half of your field of view, half of your vision. You want both eyes open so that you can focus on the target, bringing the gun up to eye level and then letting off the shots.
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Learned how to shoot trap and skeet with both eyes open and brought what I learned to my Glocks.
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Depends. Rifle hunting, rifle target, or if I'm really wanting a good shot with a pistol; eye closed. If I'm working with a pistol from the holster, point shooting, or rapid fire; both eyes open. If what I am working on is for defensive purposes they are both open. It took a while to get used to though.
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Both eyes open for shooting of all types. Someone's going to have to come up with a really good reason to close an eye while shooting.
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Have always shot with one eye closed but am learning to shoot with both eyes open.
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I am cross eye dominate.I keep both eyes open out to about 25yards then i have to close my right eye,when i shoot with a pistol .
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Both eyes open for handgun and shot gun fire. I use only one eye when firing a rifle. That's the way I was taught.
open but I blink on a rifle with iron sights
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Both eyes open for pistol and archery, one closed for rifle. Haven't shot my shot guns since my beagle died so really don't remember.