shooting, two eyes or one?

#1
Just wondering, when you get traind to shoot, do you close your left eye or keep it open?
 
#4
Depends what your shooting, usually keep jap eye open
 
#5
Surely both eyes open. Whilst knocking down target one your working out where target two is. Never done me any harm and i just got HPS on my last APWT.
 
#6
aww ok, the problem is my left eye is dominant so if i aim with my left eye open it is always out, i need to close my left eye to get it on target
 
#7
Bad_Crow said:
Surely both eyes open. Whilst knocking down target one your working out where target two is. Never done me any harm and i just got HPS on my last APWT.
So 55 with 10 rounds left then?
 
#8
just_andy said:
aww ok, the problem is my left eye is dominant so if i aim with my left eye open it is always out, i need to close my left eye to get it on target
Well then close your eye then. Whatever works.

Left eye open is only really useful when doing the "Ruppel" (Stands by for spelling correction) and obviously on operations when you need to fire and observe at the same time.
 
#9
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
Surely both eyes open. Whilst knocking down target one your working out where target two is. Never done me any harm and i just got HPS on my last APWT.
So 55 with 10 rounds left then?
Doesn't sound right. It was two of 30 and one of 15. I handed back in 10 after the 400
 
#10
Bad_Crow said:
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
Surely both eyes open. Whilst knocking down target one your working out where target two is. Never done me any harm and i just got HPS on my last APWT.
So 55 with 10 rounds left then?
Doesn't sound right. It was two of 30 and one of 15. I handed back in 10 after the 400
So Infantry then I take it? And with Susat?

No wonder you got HPS.
 
#11
I was always told to keep both eyes open, but everyone always did their own thing. It's like when you first learn to drive your told to use both hands on the steering wheel, after you pass the test you do your own thing.
 
#12
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
Surely both eyes open. Whilst knocking down target one your working out where target two is. Never done me any harm and i just got HPS on my last APWT.
So 55 with 10 rounds left then?
Doesn't sound right. It was two of 30 and one of 15. I handed back in 10 after the 400
So Infantry then I take it? And with Susat?

No wonder you got HPS.
Not gonna argue if they give me a good sight system now am i??? :D

Must admit iron sights are useless in comparison!

Anyways i must stop this as i'm talking kit and thats just too green for my liking!
 
#13
My brown eye has never failed me yet...mind you, I've never tried to hit the pan from 100m over iron sights...
 
#14
SpunkyBalls said:
I was always told to keep both eyes open, but everyone always did their own thing. It's like when you first learn to drive your told to use both hands on the steering wheel, after you pass the test you do your own thing.
like keeping both hands on the wheel and sticking as close to basics as possible???
 
#15
Bad_Crow said:
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
Surely both eyes open. Whilst knocking down target one your working out where target two is. Never done me any harm and i just got HPS on my last APWT.
So 55 with 10 rounds left then?
Doesn't sound right. It was two of 30 and one of 15. I handed back in 10 after the 400
So Infantry then I take it? And with Susat?

No wonder you got HPS.
Not gonna argue if they give me a good sight system now am i??? :D

Must admit iron sights are useless in comparison!

Anyways i must stop this as i'm talking kit and thats just too green for my liking!
I am a 'support arm' and fire with ironsight.

Never got HPS but always qualified for marksman (even though I got glasses this year).

BTW always keep my left eye closed :wink:
 
#17
Bad_Crow said:
just_andy said:
aww ok, the problem is my left eye is dominant so if i aim with my left eye open it is always out, i need to close my left eye to get it on target
Well then close your eye then. Whatever works.

Left eye open is only really useful when doing the "Ruppel" (Stands by for spelling correction) and obviously on operations when you need to fire and observe at the same time.
I would add the Roberts to that list as well! :)
 
#18
Bad_Crow said:
Left eye open is only really useful when doing the "Ruppel" (Stands by for spelling correction) and obviously on operations when you need to fire and observe at the same time.
...how could I resist? Roupell...

You'll find that while target shooters keep both eyes open, they use small blinders; as a result, the same amount of light is going into each eye, but only the aiming eye can actually see the target. This is because closing one eye has an effect on the pupil dilation of the other eye, not ideal for "peak performance".

As the original poster is left-eyed, it's a lot harder to concentrate on the image coming to your right eye from the SUSAT / rear sight; however it's worthwhile to be able to do it. Work at it, it will get easier.

Apocryphal note - there's a really crappy film called "Wings of the Apache"with Nicholas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones; notable for two things - Mr. Jones stealing the whole film much as he did in "The Fugitive" and "Men in Black"; and because one of the plot devices was Nicholas Cage's Apache pilot being left-eyed, and unable to cope with a helmet mounted night-vision display for his right eye...
 
#19
8) 8) Keep both open if possible,at all times,good with skeet shooting, firing from the waist, and from the shoulder,try it if works for you good. 8) 8) 8)
 

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#20
just_andy said:
aww ok, the problem is my left eye is dominant so if i aim with my left eye open it is always out, i need to close my left eye to get it on target
You can overcome this in several ways depending on the situation.
As a civvi shooter I now use a blinder on a headband for target shooting:
http://www.gehmann.net/pages/e-prod...ter1artikel=34&headline=shooting frames&id=11
This does not work for military shooting but can be useful to train yourself.
When I use a shotgun in open country I use a very small opaque blinder clipped onto normal clear or yellow shooting glasses (I dont need corrective lenses) so as not to impair my overall vision.
You can with practice force your brain to try to overcome the dominant eye - I have had partial success here, but used to do it better in my 20's.
Do not completely close your left eye - just squint just enough to break the dominance used to work for me in military competitions. You can also try putting a piece of elastoplast on your left eyebrow which used to be permitted.
 

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