How many eyes open?

This is a discussion on How many eyes open? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; OK folks, can you detail the strengths and weakness of a one-eyed approach and a both-eyes-open approach to pistol shooting. Thank you for the insights....

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    How many eyes open?

    OK folks, can you detail the strengths and weakness of a one-eyed approach and a both-eyes-open approach to pistol shooting.

    Thank you for the insights.

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    Pretty simple, having both eyes open broadens your peripheral vision and thus ability to pick up targets. Only downside to it is having to learn how to do it comfortably and automatically.

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    I will still close one eye when I am shooting my Ruger Gov't Model MkII.

    But I train and still shoot with both eyes open otherwise.
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    Closing an eye reduces your field of vision and removes most of your depth perception. Two eyes are better than one unless one of your eyes just doesn't function. Then your brain will eventually adapt.
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    Yep, both open at defense distances. Pistol 25 yards or over? One eye.
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    Both eyes open to ensure my peripheral vision is at its max should a second attack come from the side.

    For rifle and long distance shooting, I use one eye.

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    I am fine until I go to get actual sight picture - from retension etc both eyes no problem - way too many years of bullseye have inflicted me with this one eye deal and even now I am trying eradicate it!
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    Can''t shoot both eyes open no matter how i have tried even with a scope can't do it

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    I have 1 eye open when target shooting and both eyes open when practicing point shooting for self-defensive shooting. So, which one should I check?
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    I am like many other posters - both open at contact to around 15 meters, one (usually) beyond that.
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    I'm actually very surprised to see how many shooters so far are shooting with one eye closed.
    Try to break that habit if possible for defensive shooting.

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    From back when I got my first pistol, everything I ever read about firing pistols said that you keep both eyes open. Rifles were specifically different and you used one-eye-closed for rifles.

    What I understand is that when firing pistols, you focus on the front sight, and align it with the rear using your "dominant" eye, and have the target look fuzzy in the background. Perhaps different kinds of shooting call for different things, but I have to imagine that "tactical" or self-defense shooting benefits from having as much field of vision as possible, as well as depth perception that you do not have if you close one eye.

    I voted "both eyes open."

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    both eyes open, as often as possible. I'm still trying to master focusing on the front sight though.

    for long guns, I'm right-eye dominant, so I can focus on the sight picture with my right eye, and basically ignore input from the other eye, even though it's open. I just recently started doing this though, so it's not a habit yet. I too was taught to shoot rifles one-eyed.

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    Both eyes, all firearms and bows. My dad is right handed but left eye dominant, he even closes his left eye when he shoots darts.

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    Both eyes at close range but long range I tend to half close my left eye and get a better result.
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