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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. :cheers:

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THANKS PARKER, I TRIED SOMETHING CLOSE TO THAT AND HE ALWAYS WENT TO HIS RIGHT EYE. HE TOLD ME HE WAS JUST HAVING A HARD TIME KEEPING HIS LEFT EYE CLOSED WHILE RIGHT EYE WAS OPEN. I TOLD HIM TO LEAVE BOTH EYES OPEN AND AIM WITH HIS RIGHT EYE. SEEMED TO WORK PRETTY GOOD. SO FAR. I WILL STILL TRY THIS METHOD THOUGH JUST TO SEE IF HE IS OR NOT.:cheers:
 

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never heard of that method, i'll give that a try just to double check Owen's dominant eye situation out. he shoulders the gun naturaly to his left, but uses his right eye. i tried the first method and figured out he's right eye dominant and have him shouldering right handed now, but it wont hurt to doublecheck:cheers:
 

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:cheers: Cool deal. I'll be interested in the results, please let me know. He should be able to shoot with both eyes open if he has trouble closing one if the gun is on the side of his face with his dominant eye. :cheers:

I just had to try, whether I'm right or wrong in this instance. No one should have to go through what my wife has gone through with being taught to shoot with the wrong eye. :cheers:

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[rquote=1443127&tid=100960&author=Jeremy]never heard of that method, i'll give that a try just to double check Owen's dominant eye situation out. he shoulders the gun naturaly to his left, but uses his right eye. i tried the first method and figured out he's right eye dominant and have him shouldering right handed now, but it wont hurt to doublecheck:cheers:[/rquote]

:cheers: Let me know what you find out. I made this method up by combining two other methods and thinking about how I could become the object. I've tested it on probably 1,000 people so far with 100 percent success with it compared to the other two methods. :cheers:

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Thanks Parker. I`ll try working with my 10y.o. this week shooting correctly. I`ve been shooting wrong my whole life I think. I`m left eye dominate, and I shoot RH. I guess I "lean over " my scope, but I look out it with my left eye, if I am getting what you`re saying? RH shooter should look through scope with Right eye?
 

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THANKS FOR THE INFO. I'M STILL GOING TO TRY IT THOUGH. I'M WITH YA ON THE FACT THAT YA HAVE TO DO ALL YOU CAN FOR A SUCCESSFUL SHOT,(HARVEST OR NOT) IF HE IS COMFORTABLE WITH HIS SHOOTING THEN IT WAS ALL WORTH WHILE.THANKS AGAIN PARKER.
 

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we use the method above that parker posted, with new skeet shooters, very effective
 

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i found out i have a dominant left eye and shoot right handed. couldn't hit the broadside of a barn in trap or skeet after learning that. it got me all messed up in the head. now i know why i miss the easy going away shots.
 

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[rquote=1443137&tid=100960&author=bowrookie]Thanks Parker. I`ll try working with my 10y.o. this week shooting correctly. I`ve been shooting wrong my whole life I think. I`m left eye dominate, and I shoot RH. I guess I "lean over " my scope, but I look out it with my left eye, if I am getting what you`re saying? RH shooter should look through scope with Right eye? [/rquote]

:cheers: Good point. I guess I should make that clear. I'll add this to my original post. If you are leaning over the gun, it is MORE than likely, your dominant eye is trying to take over from being on the wrong side of the gun. :cheers:

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 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.

IT DOES NOT MATTER which is your dominant HAND. :cheers:

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here is the easiest way to figure it out. I never knew if i was left eye or right eye dominant because of all the confusing tests everyone tries. this is the one that worked for me. take your right hand if you are right handed and point it at a target on the wall like a pistol with both eyes open. close one eye and if it's still pointing at the object than that is your dominant eye (the open one). if your finger moved off the target than it's the other eye that is dominant (the closed one).
 

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[rquote=1443146&tid=100960&author=yankee]we use the method above that parker posted, with new skeet shooters, very effective[/rquote]

:cheers: Good to know others are using that method on new shooters. It takes out all the guess work. Your the first person I've talked with that has used it. :cheers: Its too easy not to use it if you're instructing a person one-on-one.

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Just realized I do the same with my bow. I`ve killed everything I`ve shot, and man it doesn`t sound like fun trying to change now. Does that mean I should be shooting a LH bow? I just bought a brand new one 3 weeks ago, and have killed two deer with it since, and I have never even shot a bow before then.
 

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[rquote=1443162&tid=100960&author=bowrookie]Just realized I do the same with my bow. I`ve killed everything I`ve shot, and man it doesn`t sound like fun trying to change now. Does that mean I should be shooting a LH bow? I just bought a brand new one 3 weeks ago, and have killed two deer with it since, and I have never even shot a bow before then.[/rquote]

Bow,

You'd have to decide man. I would personally switch, but it sounds like you've tricked your body into shooting with your non-dominant eye by closing your dominant eye every time. Where I see you running into some BIG issues is trying to shoot a shotgun with both eyes open. :cheers:

I would work my way towards switching, just to make it easier on my body when that big boy walks by and my dominant eye wants to take over.

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Parker, yeah it`s become a bad habit, I close it with both bow and rifle scope. It works for now, my 17y.o. is my size, maybe he`ll inherit my bow next year money permitting. Anyway, thanks for the topic, I remember taking the Hunters Safety course with my boy 3 year ago, and wondering back then when they started talking about eye dominance. At least I can make sure both my boys learn correctly.
 

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[rquote=1443174&tid=100960&author=citybowhunter]maybe i'm confused but the dominant eye takes over when both eyes are open. if you close the off eye when bow or scope hunting i don't think it's a problem at all. the open eye is dominant and the closed eye isn't. [/rquote]

I tend to agree with this thinking.

I'm left handed but shoot right-handed. When I started to learn to shoot (left handed) my left I would close and I'd aim with my right eye leaning over the stock. So, I switched to right hand shooting (after dad told me I'd bust my nose first time I shot a 12 gauge).

Oh, and I do the same "point" test you do and I am right eye dominant.
 
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