When you are shooting you may close your weak eye. Closing that eye cuts down your field of vision and robs you of depth perception. Doing so means that you may miss important variables. Arguably the most important aspect being: you will spot an animal with both eyes, place the gun on your shoulder and then you waste valuable seconds trying to find the target. This offseason, kick the habit and learn to shoot with both eyes open at our Long Beach shooting range with this drill.
Drill At The Range
Apply two trips of masking rape to your shooting glasses on the non-dominant eye’s lens. This will train you to keep both eyes open while shooting at our Long Beach Shooting Range without the bothersome double image. When you get use to having both eyes open switch out the masking tape for frosted tape. When you get use to that, graduate to petroleum jelly. Steadily decrease the amount until you don’t need any.
Reinforce your range practice with dry-firing practice. Go through the motions – mount your rifle, acquire your target, then practice shifting attention between you scope and the other eye. This will help you pick out the details in the environment around your target. Make sure that you maintain the connection between your face and the stock of your gun.
Benefits Of Shooting With Both Eyes Open
- Balance. Both eyes open will improve your balance especially when you are moving and shooting at the same time. With stationary shooting it will help you stabilize you position and eradicate any wobbling.
- Situational Awareness. You will be more aware of your surroundings with both eyes open. With a wider field of view you will see more, therefore missing less especially in the heat of the moment.
- Stress. Your body may experience stress when you are in a competition or under threat. You will experience increased heart rate, breathing and dilated pupils. You may want to close your weaker eye to help focus but you will be doing so at the expense of your peripheral vision. This will put you at a disadvantage in a tactical situation or cause poor target transition.
- Fatigue. Closing one eye will cause you to fatigue over time. With both eyes open you are using less facial muscles and both eyes are used to focus. You distribute the work to both eyes instead of leaving all the work to one.