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2 eyes to 1

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DaveXT, Nov 3, 2011.

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  1. DaveXT

    DaveXT Member

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    One of my shooting friends has decided to make the change from 1 eye to 2. His scores have dropped (he shot a 12 on Tuesday). He keeps saying he can't see the barrel for a bird/barrel relationship. My bet is when he looks for the barrel, he stops or slows and is behind the bird. What is a good process for changing from 1 eye to 2? Tape the lens?

    Thanks in advance!
    Dave
     
  2. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    I have gathered from this site that if you are a one eye shooter don't fight it go along with it and embrace it. I did.

    Bryan
     
  3. GW22

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    Top edge of the lens over the weak eye. Just low enough that it prevents the weak eye from seeing the bead. It can still see the bird coming out of the house. Problem solved.

    -Gary
     
  4. Jim101

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    First thing I would do is make sure there is no eye dominance or other vision issues.

    There may be a reason he's been shooting with one eye.



    Jim
     
  5. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Mark Cameron (regular on TS.com) made the transisition from a "one-eyed hunter" to a two-eyed trapshooter. Doing well too.
     
  6. j2jake

    j2jake Well-Known Member

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    Left eye dominate, right handed, one eye shooter, good enough for Nora, good enough for me. Jake
     
  7. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    There's a thread on here now "Dominate eye", read dead on 4's post. It is a lot of trial and error and interesting journey. I don't think it's the same for everyone. Phil Kiner seem's to be the most knowledgable on the subject. Good luck.
     
  8. open choke

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    I'm cross eye dominant. I use the magic dot (check shotgun sports or midway).

    I use dark dots on my lighter lens otherwise I still see the side of the whole gun.

    From what I was told with the magic dot you are still using 2 eyes (dot eye covers the side of the gun)

    By being able to leave both eyes open; you have one less thing to worry about. If I were to not use the dot and shut my left eye my right eyelid will not be fully open (due to not being the dominant eye) which messes with focus ability.

    Little off topic.... but I'm totally against switching shooting arms to use the dominant eye. I feel it's a handicap to do that cause your asking your weaker side to do a task that is hard enough to accomplish (repeatedly w/precision) with your naturally stronger side. The dot is an easy fix IMO
     
  9. Shipbuilder

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    Dave: I am making the same transition and struggling. Working with Phil Kiner at one of his clinics he suggested:

    1.Tape up right lens ( I am Left eye dominant, left hand shooter.)Weird sensation walking around with one lens taped up.
    2.Hold at top of Trap house or lower, not above
    3.Allow eye time to adjust and look out where you intend to break the target.
    4.Practice a lot and dont screw around changing other stuff at the same time.

    When I remember all this I do OK.

    Jim
     
  10. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Inorder to be successful you need to program your brain to perform the task. Here is a drill I use to accomplish this.

    Lock the trap machine on straight aways from staion 3. Shoot the first 4 birds using one eye and the fifth bird using 2 eyes. Then shoot the first 3 birds with one eye and the next two with 2 eyes. Then 2 and 3, 1 and 4, and finally shoot the last 5 birds with 2 eyes.

    I find that this exercise programs your brain to accept the image from the right eye and use that image to correctly aim the gun at the target. HMB
     
  11. plux001

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    There is one part of the equation not often discussed. I shoot right-handed and am left eye dominant. With magic-dot I can easily see down the barrel and shoot consistent, excellent scores...from the 16. BUT, when back at the 25-27 line, everything changes. While I can see down the barrel just fine, I am WAY off the bird, and my scores show it. When I close my left eye, my handicap scores improve dramatically. So my caution is to make sure you shoot some handicap when determining how to deal with your eye issue. I decided I wanted to be consistent, and now shoot with my left eye closed.

    Paul
     
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