It is always good to review which eye, left or right, is the dominant eye. Even if you know your own dominancy, you can always help another shooter by knowing the steps to take in discerning which eye is the dominant one.First, know that the only things that will move will be your eyelids, but one at a time. Aside from that, the body, the arm, the fist, the thumb and the targeted object remain stationery. Second, doing this exercise proves invaluable as some shooters never realized they were trying to aim in with the wrong eye. To begin, stand straight and tall with your strong arm, or writing handed side, extended. Pick an object to look at across the room or space where you are standing. Now, make a fist with your extended arm and hold that thumb up. With BOTH eyes open, cover your identified target with your thumb. Remember, your body is stock still, your arm does not move, your fist and thumb hold fast. In this position, with both eyes open and your thumb covering the target, you will see your thumb AND the target. Now, holding all parts steady, simply close your right eyelid. Note if your left eye sees the target and the thumb, or if the left eye sees the thumb COVERING the target. Remember that visual image. Now, open both eyes and check that your thumb covers the target and with both eyes open make sure you see thumb AND target as in the initial step. Now close your left eyelid. What do you see? Thumb covering target or target on one side and thumb on the other? I am right eye dominant. I see my thumb cover the target when I close my left eye. Whichever eye sees the thumb covering the target is the dominant eye. Check yourself out and then go help another shooter.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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