Pocahontas was on television last night, and my sister kept arguing that opening both eyes when aiming a firearm is stupid. I threw together these graphics to demonstrate the difference to her and then figured I’d share them.
the trick is to shoot in between them! one eye opened and you wont be seeing the target correctly…
if you shut your left eye, you’ll shoot too much left, and shut your right eye to have the opposite effect.
so it was kind of right, even though smith didnt finish the explaining. you open both eyes and shoot in between the targets!
It sounds to me like you’re looking at your pistol instead of at the target, like this:
If you focus on the target instead, you can align your sights with it and your aim should be perfect, assuming you have a steady hand.
And in case you’re thinking of shooting between the guns, here’s why you shouldn’t:
This is the coolest informative post i’ve seen on here in forever.
Also, it depends upon what you are shooting at and what kind of gun you are using.
Typically, when you are shooting something else and are not really aiming, you don’t close either eye. You don’t have the time to pause and aim like that. Target shooting or hunting is a different matter.
In a situation like that, you have all the time in the world to make a shot, and typically, you are aiming. That is when you need to close one eye so you can take a more accurate shot by decreasing what you see and focusing on what you are aiming more. It’s what you do if you are using a scope, but not everyone uses or has one.
In the Outdoors Education class I took in school, we learned how to find out which eye we naturally ‘preferred’.
Hold your arm out fully and put your thumb over an object that you can clearly focus on with both eyes. Then, close one eye, look at the object again, and repeat with the other eye. Through one eye, your thumb will move off of the object to one side, and through the other, it won’t move. The one that did not move is the eye that your body prefers and is the one you should keep open when you point and aim.
If you try to use the eye that you don’t apparently prefer, then while holding a gun like this, you will feel off and your stance won’t feel quite as comfortable.
I am left-handed, and so, the butt of my gun is pressed against my left shoulder. When I use my left eye, and I have tried this before, my stance is off and leaning more towards the left, and kind of hurts my neck, where as if I use my right eye, then everything is more aligned and I am not leaning so much to either side.
However, this doesn’t always work for everyone, and so the general rule of thumb is to go with whichever eye has better vision and/or feels more comfortable for you.
But like I said, this is only when you are on a range and are target shooting or are hunting.