Gun shooting with both eyes open is not only for the advanced! Shooting with your dominant eye is the way we all learned, but with practice, you can learn to keep both your dominant eye and your other eye open, and still look through the crosshairs to shoot effectively.
Using your weapon with two eyes open is a good skill to have handy, for any life threatening situations. This will help you be aware of your surroundings while shooting, especially your peripherals. In an emergency, you can’t always control your environment, you don’t know who or what could be coming towards you at any angle. Having this extra eyeball could save your life. Or the life of a loved one, neighbor, beloved pet… ANYONE. Having your best game-face on is key, and this time, we’re talking EYES WIDE OPEN.
Keeping the peepers open may prove difficult at first, your body naturally once to close them as a reflex, but with a little training and target practice, you’ll be shooting your gun with both eyes open in no time. Trust me, it is easier than you think.
How to Fire Your Gun with Both Eyes Open
Real crisis are not like the movies. Real crisis, aren’t produced in a studio to make awesome target angles for the audience to admire. Real crisis are REAL. You don’t know how many attackers, or environmental issues might be opposing you. You might need to be shooting while scanning the scene for more predators. You might need to have both eyes open.
The trick is easy, are you ready? Are you ready to hear the secret?
First, Hold your hand out in front of you. You’re opening both eyes right?
Now look at your nail. Just your nail. Both eyes are still open.
Overcoming the Dominant Eye
Naturally, you will want to shoot with just the dominant eye. Which eye is dominant? You can find this by holding your hands in front of you, and making a triangle between your thumbs and forefingers.
Focus on your target, now shut one eye. Did the target dissappear? Shut your other eye. Which eye were you able to see the target with?
Now open both eyes, and move your hands so you can see the target through both of them. This will help you practice centering your vision.
Treat shooting the same way.
Practicing looking at the target, your point of interest, with both eyes. It’s a matter of training your brain to work with both eyes functioning together. This is normal when you’re driving, talking, eating drinking, really anything. But as soon as there’s a target involved, we naturally want to close one eye. If you must, close it for a second. Make sure your vision is in line, then open it again. aim and fire.
With practice, your eyes will eventually be trained to stay open. Which will ultimately help your gun shooting. With both eyes open you are now allowing more light in which improves eyesight. You will also be more aware of your surroundings, which will help you stay protected in a crisis.
At the end of the day, the reason you have a firearm is to protect loved ones and others, so knowing this extra skill will be all the more helpful. It just takes a little more time and effort.