I shoot with 1 eye open.Today I tried both open.The zero moved over a bit but I could see no other reason why to have both open.Any Ideas?
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I use only one eye because that is the way my father showed me and it has worked fine for me since then (1990). Don't you get distracted sometimes when you have 2 eye's open ? And if how do you guys deal with it ?
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If you do not have a problem like, being right handed and left eye dominant try and shoot both eyes open. You get better sight picture (it may not seem like it to start with), and as explained to me by an Olympic shottist and a coach it stops the brain seeing a "false' image of the target. As Lewis said already it allows you to see conditions around you as well as potential accidents.
Next time you have a chance watch another shooter shoot with one eye closed, you will see as they hold for the shot the eye that is closed starts to tremor, this is transmitted to the scope and causes errors.
I also shoot both eyes open on open sights, now that takes getting used to! But the groups prove it works.
Initially I shot with one eye closed. Being right handed but left eye dominant is a bit of a problem. Trained my brain (left eye) to forget what it's seeing and concentrate on the right. Trouble was I would get parallax errors without even noticing it. When I eventually found this out (about 3000 shots!! lol), I went back to one eye and became more consistent.
Here's a little tip for people who don't know which is their dominant eye....
Pick out something about 20 - 30 meters away, a car for example. Now take both your hands and using the thumbs and forefinger, create a triangle at arms lenght, size the triangle so that only the car fits in it. Now keeping the car inside this triangle bring your hands slowly towards your head. Whichever eye ends up inside the triangle is your dominant eye.