As you progress in your training regimen, it’s important that you increase the effectiveness of your practice sessions. Being able to capture a proper sight picture, get your sights aligned, and maintain focus on that front sight is of paramount importance when learning to shoot effectively. Once those skills have been mastered, and you’re able to complete those tasks relatively easily (while putting hits on target) it’s time that you step your game up!
One of the most important aspects of defensive shooting is to be able to switch from that dominant one-eye shooting that you were taught when you first learned to shoot to a more effective shooting process. As hard as it seems, it’s now time for you to start to shoot with both eyes open. This is an important transition for several different reasons (of which we will share with you guys a couple).
Understanding the bio-mechanics of shooting and how our body reacts in different situations is an important aspect of becoming a responsible armed citizen. When faced with defensive situations, we need to know that regardless of what we are trained, we cannot simply close our non-dominant eye to aim. In fight or flight situations, our bodies are trained to have both eyes open (and not just open, but wide open!!). This is so that we can visually take in our entire environment. With that being said, it’s important for us to be able to train to shoot with both eyes open.
When we are in defensive situations it is important to also understand that although we are engaging a threat that is in front of us, other accomplices or threats may approach from other angles. When we try and shoot with one eye closed, we essentially cancel out a huge field of view. This is most important when we are in search and scan mode. Once again….it’s extremely important for us to be able to train to shoot with both eyes open.
One thing that we do know…if you want to hit your target, it’s probably best that you have your eyes open!!!
*** If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.
We want to thank you for taking out the time to stop by our lane at the shooting range!! We hope that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you stop back by early and often to catch up on all PSA updates! We truly hope that we were able to hit the target, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot them our way!! We look forward to shooting the breeze with you soon again!!
And as always….remember to watch your six and stay low!!!