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Check your new shooter's dominant EYE!
« on: June 11, 2010, 12:49:19 AM »
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check any new shooter to find out what their dominant eye is prior to trying to teach them how to shoot! Dominant eye is what matters, not dominant hand!

An easy way is for them to put their hands in a small triangle (as shown below) and put it out infront of them with their arms completely extended. Pick out an object on the other side of the room with both of their eyes open, put that object in the middle of their triangle, and then move that triangle slowly to their face, keeping that object in the center of the triangle. The triangle will come back to their dominant eye.

NOW.....MY METHOD! This is for shooters that may be too young to understand the method above, or they are confused about what to do. This is a SURE FIRE method for people who say they are "both eye dominant" because there is no such thing. No doubt you could have an injury to your dominant eye to where it could change on you at some point in your life, but you can't be "both".

You, as the teacher, go to the other side of the room. YOUR NOSE will become THE OBJECT the new shooter will use in their triangle. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT they make the triangle small, about the size of a silver dollar, and IT IS VERY IMPORTANT they extend their arms fully, and keep both eyes open.

You then, as the object, will be able to see which eye is inside the triangle, and THAT is their dominant eye.

DO NOT make a new shooter shoot with their dominant hand, they NEED to be shooting with their dominant eye. The dominant eye will take over at the exact wrong time (when a big buck appears, or a duck comes in to range, etc) if you try to work against the new shooter's personal biological makeup.

PLEASE! If you are going to be taking a new shooter to the range, this is one of THE first things you need to do with them after you teach them to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and treat every gun as if it were loaded!

So, in conclusion:

No matter if you are left handed, or right handed, the gun should be on the same shoulder as the side of your dominant eye.

If you are right eye dominant, the gun should be on your right shoulder. If you are left eye dominant, the gun should be on your left shoulder.

The same is true for shooting a pistol. You will be much more accurate and more of a natural shot if your trigger hand is on the same side as your dominant eye. If you are right eye dominant, your pistol should be in your right hand, and if you're left eye dominant, your pistol should be in your left hand. (If you are practicing pistol shooting for self-defense though, you should learn how to shoot using both hands!)

IT DOES NOT MATTER which is your dominant HAND, its ALL ABOUT YOUR EYE.   :2up:


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Re: Check your new shooter's dominant EYE!
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 11:34:48 AM »
Great post Parker. I have them point at an object with their index finger, then I cover one eye at a time and ask them with which eye are they still pointing at the object. My son is right handed and left eye dominant. I learned it when he was about 3 or 4, when I was first introducing him to the BB gun. He has shot left handed ever since, because that was how I taught him to shoot.

Again, great post.
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