Open eyes shooting: what is the best way to train yourself?

To shoot with one eye or both eyes open is one of the biggest questions that any gun user ever faces. In truth, it’s a debate that harks back centuries and has certainly dominated conversations for military teams and individual firearms users throughout the past 100 years or so.

So, why open eyes shooting?

As confirmed by a Green Beret for BusinessInsider.com, the reasons for choosing open eyes shooting are linked to the human body’s natural reactions in combat. Essentially, the rush of adrenaline will leave your body wanting to gain as much info as possible, which means using all of the senses.

Consequently, even a shooter that has mastered one-eyed shooting in practice will find that they instinctively open the eye. And if you’re not used to shooting with both eyes open, it can severely hinder or distort your vision in the key moment.

If you wish to be prepared for battle, then, open eyes shooting is the best technique by far.

How to train yourself in open eyes shooting

When learning to use two-eyed shooting with a pistol or handgun, you must first recognize the challenges. Open eyes shooting will feel slightly less natural. As such, you will find that there is a natural tendency to close the non-dominant eye. You can allow it to happen, but must make a conscious effort to slowly reduce the reliance on doing this whilst aiming. For this reason, though, it’s vital that you give yourself enough time to KEEP PRACTICING.

As long as you are confident with holding the gun, the process of acclimatizing to a new way of aiming really does boil down to practice. There is no substitute for time spent at the shooting range or with your DIY setup. 

All gun users should use shooting glasses when training, and they can become one of your greatest assets. Smear a little lip balm or vaseline over the lens of the non-dominant eye to create a blurred effect. In turn, your brain will learn to essentially ignore the non-dominant eye for aiming purposes. When you eventually remove the blur, your secondary eye will avoid the double vision effect and allow you to see a larger field of vision. This can additionally help you move between targets. 

Of course, training to shoot with a sniper rifle, for example, will take on a different set of challenges.

Mix it up

Perhaps most importantly, you need to change up the scenarios during your practice sessions. Otherwise, you may think that you are gaining muscle memory when actually you are remembering the setting.

Shooting practice can take place in your backyard with the right training accessories and glasses. Alternatively, you can head to a local shooting range. Aside from avoiding problems with your shooting development, this will keep things fresh and exciting. When you are engaged with the training, you will grow as a shooter at a far faster rate.

You’ve opened your eyes to a new way of shooting, but only you can make it happen. You’ve got this!

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