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One or Two eyes open

This is a discussion on One or Two eyes open within the SA-XD/XD(M) Range Reports forums, part of the Information category; So I grew up shooting rifles and always shooting with my non-dominant eye closed. Last year I started really getting into pistols. I carried over ...


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Old 02-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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One or Two eyes open

So I grew up shooting rifles and always shooting with my non-dominant eye closed. Last year I started really getting into pistols. I carried over the practice of only using my dominant eye when taking aim. I realize that if I was in a self defense situation that this is not optimal. I tried openning both eyes at the range today and it was freaking blurry.

1. How do you shoot?

2. What was the best advice you got for shooting with both eyes open?
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #2
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Yes, 2 eyes open.

You just have to train your brain to do it. Remember, really concentrate on the front sight.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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Both eyes open, focus on the front sight.

You might to ease into it, squint your non dom eye for awhile until you get used to it. Practice, Practice.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat right now. Just recently tried it at the range and it was really hard to see straight. I don't know if the low lighting on the indoor range had an effect on it or not but either way I need way more practice
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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I was wondering this as well, looks like im gonna have some practicing to do.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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I know I need to use both eyes, but it's just really hard to get the red dot (or whatever you are shooting at) aligned with your sight, due to the double vision!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:41 PM   #7
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Shoot with the image that puts you on target.

It's a real b!tch to shoot left/weak handed. Using my dominant right eye, I get that weird torquing to the right recoil. I started trying to use my left, non-dominant eye... hard to do, but worked... too much concentration required, though. As an added bonus, I usually try to wrap my right thumb behind the danged slide at first, and get bitten! I definitely need more weak-handed shooting practice, but it's not fun!

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I'm far sighted in one eye & near sighted in the other eye. What should I do?? I've tried to shoot both eyes open with & w/o my glasses & can barely hit target at all.
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I wear progressive glasses when I drive and x2.50 or so cheap glasses for reading, but I just use yellow-tinted safety glasses to shoot. The rear sight is fuzzy and the front one is okay. After a couple of shots, I try to keep pointing with the same picture, but focusing on the target and correcting aim. I shoot fast and point a lot. I don't spend a lot of time "aiming" and I'm not looking for tiny groups at 15 yards. I'm happy with fist-sized groups at 7 yards... with the targets not shooting back.

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i go double vision all the time. its like the front sight goes transparent and its all blurry.
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