GUN Shooting through a scope. Eyes open?

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  1. The Cable Guy

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    Do you keep both eyes open when shooting through a magnified scope? Or do you close one eye?

    I find that I do both :dunno:

    It's easier for me to focus on the recticle sometimes with both eyes open.
     
  2. I do both.
     
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    I close both
     
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    Using both eyes let you be better aware of your surroundings. If you have trouble with this you can train yourself to get better at it by leaving the front cap on the optic.
     
  5. This is a good trick, but it doesn't work with scopes, the closed cap won't let you see the crosshairs.
     
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    yeah, you have to have an illuminated reticle.
     
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    Yep. you will also lose out on the magnification though.
     
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    It's better to shoot with both eyes open if your able to do it. The second eye makes your sight picture brighter. If you squint your secondary eye you still capture light but it does not interfer with focus as much. I'm told dropping your chin down does the same thing. I shoot two eyes open but having these chinese eyes you have to look closely to tell:)
     
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    But if you're having to close one eye to use the scope, just shoot from the other side. The eye you're closing is your dominant eye anyway and you'll get a better sight picture if you use it, instead of close it.

    I'm right-handed, but left eye dominant, so i've learned to shoot both right and left handed. I'm actually more accurate shooting left-handed, even though it feels awkward.
     
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    Some people has focus issues where they can't shoot a scope two eyes open. Just doesn't happen as they see two reticles if they do this. Usually they have a lot of trouble shooting iron sights two eyes open also.

    Understand eveyones eyes are different. Angus was telling us he shoots two eyes open until he has to make a difficult shot, then he goes one eye closed. Next thing you know everyone was experimenting with this.

    Cross eye dominate people have to do all sorts of stuff. Shoot with the opposite hand, hold pistol over favoring cross dominate eye.

    You really have to experiment but sometimes it is interesting if you can put something in your head. I remember Bob Hostetler telling us he shoots faster left to right but more accurately right to left. Explained all sorts of nonsense why that was and convinced several of my squadmates to the point that it became true for them also. I myself try to believe I am as fast either way, I don't want to be locked into a preference and want to be able to choose engagement based on layout.
     
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    Seems like a dumb question to me but then again, due to my eye problem, I can only use my right OR left but never both at the same time. I have zero depth perception or ability to see 3d. When I switch eyes, my brain automatically shuts down the unused eye.
     
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    You wacky Asians and your god given advantages.
     
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    I start with my left eye closed.Then open left eye,check breathing,BOOM!
     
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    takes practice if you're not used to it, but yes I prefer shooting with both open.
     

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