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Old 02-14-2010, 09:58 PM
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Re: Why keep both eyes open?

I agree with what everybody else is saying it just seems to be more natural to keep both eyes open and less eye strain
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:29 AM
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Re: Why keep both eyes open?

Better way stretch your arms out make a circle with the thumb and fore finger of both hands look through the hole at something. Without closing your eyes bring your hands with the open circle back towards your face. To check your kids just stand in front of them have them make a circle and you will see which eye they are using. It is much easier to teach a child to shoot from his/her dominant eye side than to make a cross over stock.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:07 PM
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Re: Why keep both eyes open?

I have always shot with one eye closed and I have trained myself to shoot with either eye. The thing that I miss out on with one eye closed is wind changes. The failure to pick up wind changes probably accounts for about half or more of my bad shots. I have tried to untrain myself but it seems like I have just been doing it with one eye closed for too long.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:42 PM
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I have always shot with one eye closed and I have trained myself to shoot with either eye. The thing that I miss out on with one eye closed is wind changes. The failure to pick up wind changes probably accounts for about half or more of my bad shots. I have tried to untrain myself but it seems like I have just been doing it with one eye closed for too long.
Your also handicapping yourself for any kind of moving target. Take your shooting glasses and make a fingerprint smudge right in the field of view when your in the ready position. Scoped rifles are much less of an issue for this but if you wanted to ever shoot at running targets of shotgun sports you'd get humbled rather quickly.
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Better way stretch your arms out make a circle with the thumb and fore finger of both hands look through the hole at something. Without closing your eyes bring your hands with the open circle back towards your face. To check your kids just stand in front of them have them make a circle and you will see which eye they are using. It is much easier to teach a child to shoot from his/her dominant eye side than to make a cross over stock.
I tried this method and I couldn't make a distinction. But..... I tried holding the 2 handed, thumb-finger circle at arms length and focusing on an object about 20' away, then closed each eye one at a time. that worked very well. When I closed my dominant eye, there was a clear shift in the position of the image.

Easiest way... focus on an object about 20' away, give or take, and put up a single finger at arms length directly in the line of sight and remain focused on the objet. Then close and open each eye one at a time.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:20 AM
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Re: Why keep both eyes open?

I think a large part of the reason for leaving both eyes open is so that there is no tension in the shooters face, or mind. It takes a conscious effort to close one eye. I watched the biathlon the other day, and most of the athletes used blinders. This is so that they can leave both eyes open but only see the sight picture. Thus keeping the face completely tension free.

My eyes are about equal as far as dominance, so they will switch back and forth. I can usually blink my left eye to get the picture back to my right eye. The smudge may do the same thing. I'll have to try it.

Steve

PS. Those biathletes are amazing. I have to take a break packing my rifle from the truck to the bench before shooting.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:52 AM
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I think a large part of the reason for leaving both eyes open is so that there is no tension in the shooters face, or mind. It takes a conscious effort to close one eye. I watched the biathlon the other day, and most of the athletes used blinders. This is so that they can leave both eyes open but only see the sight picture. Thus keeping the face completely tension free.

My eyes are about equal as far as dominance, so they will switch back and forth. I can usually blink my left eye to get the picture back to my right eye. The smudge may do the same thing. I'll have to try it.

Steve

PS. Those biathletes are amazing. I have to take a break packing my rifle from the truck to the bench before shooting.
Blinders are to create tunnel vision. Your eyes can process over 600 objects in a single second. This can and does create concentration lapses. This will also take you out of full beta phase (1 of 4 distinct brainwave activities) You can learn about this neruo science in many places. Amazingly with just a little education you can apply it to whatever subject and see immediate improvement in your capabilities.
With some understanding you can then seek out programs in most subjects for an even greater advancement.
Most top athletes have been exposed to these and other methods to help with training.
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