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Shooting a Gun with One Eye Open or Two? What Feels Natural, Field of Vision & More

If you are like most people that are just starting out in the shooting world, the first time you point your gun to take that first shot, you close one eye before lining up with the target. While this may work fine, there are many seasoned shooters that say having both of your eyes open will be more beneficial to you. Shooting Range Industries is here to talk about shooting with one or two eyes open and will leave you to decide which one is better.

Shooting with One Eye Open

This is by far, the more familiar way that new shooters will start out. Usually, the one that you decide to open will depend on what hand you use to shoot. For most people, it will be the eye closest to the gun that will be open.
– Pros: The biggest pro for shooting with only one eye open is that this is what feels the most natural. You are most likely using your dominant eye that allows your brain to process information the best.
– Cons: While the above reason in favor of shooting with one eye open is actually exactly what the pros will say is the con to shooting with only one eye open. If you are like most people, you have purchased a gun for one of two reasons self-defense or recreational hunting. If you are using a gun for either of these two reasons, you want to be able to have a clear view of your surroundings. In other words, using only one eye will reduce your field of vision.

Shooting with Both Eyes Open

This is definitely not going to be the way that most newbies shoot their firearms. For a couple of reasons, the pros actually prefer shooting this way.
– Pros: With both of your eyes open, you will have a full scope of your surroundings. If you are out hunting, you will be able to see the entire horizon. That makes it so that you can not only seeing the animal that is in your scope, but the animals that are also present. When you are shooting with both eyes open, you are able to move to your next target quickly and efficiently. When you have only one eye open, you can get rather disoriented when switching back and forth.
– Cons: If you are used to shooting with one of your eyes closed, it can take some serious getting used to when making the switch to having both eyes open. You are going to have to spend some time fighting the urge to close your other eye and learn to shoot your targets using both of your eyes to do it. To help yourself get used to it, you can cover the lens of your shooting glasses on the dominant side with a bit of lip balm to make it a little bit fuzzy. This will make you rely on the other eye for help.

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Sharpen your shooting skills whether you shoot with one eye open or both of them open, at the shooting range. Shooting Range Industries provides modular shooting ranges to help sharpen your skills. Call us today!

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