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using scope both eyes open. dominant eye issue

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by busanga, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. busanga

    busanga Posting Addict

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    I am right handed but I shoot my compound bow left handed because my dominant eye is left and is much better to shoot bow with both eyes open ,in which case you need to sight with dominant eye. But I still shoot a scoped rifle right handed and close my left , dominant, eye.

    Am wondering whether to 'learn' to shoot rifle left handed and keep both eyes open.

    Anybody else done this ?
     
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    A dominant left eye shouldn't really impact on shooting using a scope - the image for each eye is so different. If you do have problems it's probably easier to part or fully close your left eye than to find a full left handed rifle although they can be found, cloverleaf is the expert on them.
     
  3. busanga

    busanga Posting Addict

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    I take it you are suggesting it IS better to shoot with both eyes open though, regardless of dominant eye issues.
     
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    Seen a few folk do it. Can't hurt to give it a go.
     
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    I shoot with my eye shut, though I'm shooting through my dominant right eye, I don't see any advantage to keeping it open.
    I believe you can change the dominance of the eye by wearing a blind on the eye in question, but it's a case of getting your brain rewired so you'll be walking around with a pair of blacked out specs for a week or two.
     
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    If you keep both eyes open you do have a chance of seeing what might be happening just outside the field of view of the scope. Not so important if you're shooting targets.
     
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    some would say I shoot with both eyes shut !
     
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    I shoot with both open,as well as it being generally more comfortable (your not squeezing the muscles on one side of your face) it's also safer,you're no longer limited to the tiny FOV of the scope and you can see what's going on around you.
     
  9. busanga

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    Hey mattyts are you looking through scope with dominant eye.
     
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    Yes,I shoot right handed and use my right eye.
     
  11. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    you need a eye blind, cut a strip of card tuck it in your cap covering your dom eye
     
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    busanga Posting Addict

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    But have you tested your right eye is the dominant eye
     
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    I haven't up until now,I just tested about 5 minutes ago and my right eye is dominant for sure.
     
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    You are lucky, I am very right handed but left eye dominant, real pain when comes to shooting disciplines
     
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    Yes people do this alot in archery, eye dominance is more critical in archery than using as scope
     
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    I'm a lefty with left eye dominance but shoot with both eyes open.
    Was struggling in hft last year taking kneelers as my left knee is pretty goosed with arthritis and just won't bend far enough back.
    This year i taught myself to shoot right handed on kneelers.
    Using my right eye, it felt strange at first but soon got used to it.(still keeping both eyes open)
    Has paid dividends in our club comps as there are a lot more kneeling and standing shots than you'd get in UKAHFT due to the lay of the land and how the drop downs are set out.
    Might try practicing prone and standing shots right handed this winter.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2014

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