If you’ve ever fired a shotgun, you probably began by doing what most people do: shutting one eye to focus while staring at your target. Some expert gun users, on the other hand, like to fire with both eyes open. What motivates them to act in this manner? What is the most beneficial strategy? We’re evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of firing with one eye open.

What is the dominant eye for aiming?

Therefore, aiming may be difficult if you are cross-dominant. While studying near-vision corrections, you’ll frequently come across the term “dominant eye.” What does that indicate?

Eye dominance refers to the mind’s tendency to receive information or data from one eye rather than the other. When we see in the mirror, we see that our eyes are not in the same vertical direction. There’s one on the left side of our nose and the other one on the opposite side.  As a result, the data received by each eye differs somewhat.

The vision system is valuable because it enables us to measure range via binocular vision. As a result, we are more efficient hunters. They are remarkably talented at seeing threats even when their heads are down during grazing since they have their eyes on the far sides of their heads. Grazing isn’t what humans do; we hunt.

Why does eye dominance matter?

When firing and targeting moving objects, your dominant eye is crucial. If you’re experiencing troubles shooting moving objects, a test to determine your dominant eye can help. Knowing your cross dominance may assist you in adapting your position and approach and choose which eye to focus with to enhance your efficiency.

Cross dominance involves far beyond simply taking the first position in a drag event. If your dominant arm is in the contrary direction of your dominant eye, it may be an extreme pain for shooters. Anybody who participates in a game or hunting that involves aiming should be aware that utilizing both eyes. This way produces a phenomenon known as parallax, or the shift in the observed direction of your target when viewed along two sightlines. To correctly capture prey, the shooter will usually depend mainly on their dominant eye.

For handgun shooters:

There are only a few situations when cross-eye dominance may pose issues, such as using a shotgun. A person with right-handed hands and left-eye dominance must make certain adjustments for them to view things precisely.  We typically advise handgun shooters to keep using their dominant hand but move the pistol slightly outside the centerline of their body so that the opposing eye can see the targets. As long as the shooter does this, they are already on their way to becoming a skilled shooter.

For rifle shooters:

Rifle shooters, on the other hand, are a different matter. You can’t properly move the gun here. It means that you must choose whether to use your non-dominant eye or your non-dominant hand. If you’re like most individuals, you’ll find that utilizing the dominant eye with the non-dominant arm is a suitable approach.  It’ll be uncomfortable at first, but it’ll be the best option in the long run. 

Other options include closing the non-firing eye for a shotgun user. However, this is not ideal; it serves; nonetheless, some users experience it more uncomfortable than fire with the opposite hand. For the cross-eye dominant gun shooter, I highly recommend that they first attempt utilizing the corresponding hand with sufficient energy and time to thoroughly and honestly assess this technique. It may not be easy at first, but it will pay off in the long run.

Long gun shooting:

Sadly, in long gun shooting, the most accessible approach to deal with cross-dominance is to aim with your non-dominant hand, putting the weapon on the same arm as your dominant eye. As a result of this, several shooters recommend wearing a mask over their dominant eye or wearing shooting glasses,

Trying to match your dominant eye with the views by bending your head well over the barrel is ineffective. As an experiment, put a long rifle on your dominant shoulder while employing your cross-dominant eye to aim. It is just not a possibility.

Pros of shooting with the dominant eye:

Cons of shooting with the dominant eye:

Eye dominance test:

To identify your dominant eye, perform the following easy test:


Identifying which eye is your dominant eye aids your aim while participating in activities such as shooting or crossbow. Your dominant eye is your left eye; therefore, use your left hand while you are shooting.  Whenever you gaze through a binocular, you unknowingly use your dominant eye. Don’t forget that just because you have a right-handed hand does not indicate a dominant right eye.

When firing a rifle, you can select whether to utilize your dominant eye or your non-dominant hand. Like most people, you’ll find that using the dominant eye is a good strategy. It is not easy at first, but it will be a better decision in the long term.

🤔 What is the dominant eye?

Eye dominance refers to the mind's tendency to receive information or data from one eye rather...

🔍 Why does eye dominance matter?

Cross dominance involves far beyond simply taking the first position in a drag event. If your dominant arm is in the contrary...