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Can everyone be a two-eyed shooter?

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  1. BoilerUP

    BoilerUP TS Member

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    Can everyone be a two eyed shooter? I was shooting two eyed and was recently told after a few simple tests that I will never be a two eyed shooter and that I should shoot one eyed.
     
  2. nipper

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    here is the acid test?? do you shoot better with one eye or two?? that would be the simple test i think..

    bill
     
  3. Juno

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    Newbius is having a similar problem. PM him and see what he's gonna do.
     
  4. oleolliedawg

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    Anyone can shoot with two eyes but not all successfully!!
     
  5. wolfram

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    The only reason I can think of that would prevent being a two eye shooter is if you only had one functioning eye. (Partial blindness, nerve damage etc). Assuming you have two healty eyes and the dominant eye is on the same side as your trigger finger you should be able to shoot with both eyes on the target.
     
  6. tad houston

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    I would suggest you try and pick up Phil Kiner's DVD and/or look up some of his articles he has written for Trap and Field on the subject. His DVD has a section on shooting one eye vs. two and includes video of what to look for to determine if you are "cross firing".

    Phil was kind enough to spend some of his time with our SCTP kids at the Kansas State Shoot earlier this month. I can tell you that he found several of our kids that he felt would be better off shooting one eye and worked with them to "tape" their off eye lens.

    One had just shot a 72 in the first 100. After Phil set him up he went out that afternoon and shot a 92/100. He has been in the mid 90's ever since. We have seen similar (but less spectacular) results with all the rest. Phil will tell you that you should shoot with two eyes, if you can, but if you can not, don't! Results speak loudly, I am a believer.
     
  7. Jawhawker

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    The answer is NO. Various reasons can exist. You can still perform to a level of excellence using just one.
     
  8. shot410ga

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    If you don't learn how to shoot two eyed, you are handicapping yourself out of the starting gate by 50% of your visual perception. It's a choice one has to make, and for some a very difficult task.
     
  9. phirel

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    Eye dominance is genetically regulated. The same question posed in this thread can be restated "Can everyone be right handed?".

    Pat Ireland
     
  10. JBrooks

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    No, and there are a lot of guys shooting two eyed badly because the conventional wisdom is 2 eyes are better than one. Which is not universally true and, consequently, baloney.
     
  11. waverider

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    I think that every one should be able to shoot using 2 eyes, no tape or dot. They just need to shoot with there dominate eye over the comb of the stock. Having no dominate eye or a weak dominate eye may require a sight blinder to keep the off eye from seeing the bead. A fiber optic bead along with a tube or blinder should help if you can maintain a focus on the target and not be distracted by the glowing sight.


    Jason
     
  12. hmb

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    Go to the patterning board. Shoot 10 patterns aiming at the target with one eye, the same way you would shoot a rifle. Then shoot ten targets using two eyes while just looking at the target, the same way you would shoot a trap target. This test will give you an idea of how sucessful you will be as a one or two eyed shooter. I think alot of shooters will be surprised by the results of this test. HMB
     
  13. CalvinMD

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    Sammy Davis Jr couldn't
     
  14. JBrooks

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    Sorry Jason. It isn't the off seeing the bead, it is the off eye tracking the target that is often the problem.
     
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    Ertz,

    When you don't have your gun in your hand, and you look at thrown targets with both eyes open, do you see one target or two?

    If the answer is one, then chances are, when you're trying to shoot with both eyes open you're looking at the bead or the barrel, not the bird.
     
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    Strange things happen. I am legally blind in my left eye and last fall I took A Phil Kiner clinic and he showed me on video where I was cross firing. I did it A couple of times. Apparently I see more out of my left eye than I thought. He said he had the same thing with another shooter. I have since shot with one eye closed. He also said that over 90 percent of women two eyed shooters cross fired.
    Roy
     
  17. Texshooter

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    Weird things happen with eyes and shooting. It somewhat depends on how determined you are. I am left eye dominate due to problems with my right eye and still shoot right handed. I'm planning on winning the Grand this year (just like the other 4,000 shooters). Next year I think I'll learn to shoot left handed. AJ
     
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    I think some people just can't do it for whatever reason. But I know a man who claims he can convert anyone to two-eyed in a weekend, so who knows?

    I've tried to make the switch a couple of times. I see one target but I see it for a l-o-n-g time.

    Ed
     
  19. gun fitter

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    YES! The answer is that simple. It's Yes. How to do it is another thing. Commitment to doing it is the obstacle for most. If your gun does not fit it may be near impossible. When I shot Olympic Archery in College our coach made us learn to shoot a bow with our off side. Most would think near impossible but it's not it will take time and commitment. A commitment that most are unwilling to make. Joe Goldberg
     
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