Tips to Find Your Dominant Eye

One important aspect of shooting a handgun consistently and accurately is finding out which of your eyes is dominant. This is a very easy thing to do, you can do it at the range or while sitting on your couch in your own house. Pick out an object, like a light switch on a wall. Then do one of the following with both eyes open…

1.  Make a Triangle with your hands, framing the light switch in the center of the triangle.

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2.  Point at the object with your dominant hand, again with both eyes open.

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3.  You can even make a Taylor Swift “Hand Heart” (if you are feeling 22) and frame the object in the center of the heart, with both eyes open. (Ha ha!)

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Once you have the object framed or targeted, close your left eye, then open it and close your right eye. Whichever eye is open when the object is still centered – that is your dominant eye.  It is the eye that chose the “centered” location.  It will most likely be obvious.  When I close my left eye, the object stays centered, when I close my right eye, the object moves completely out of the frame.

Knowing which eye is your dominant eye will help you choose a stance that works best for you, and will help you with your sight picture.  What did  you figure out?  Were you surprised?



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2 thoughts on “Tips to Find Your Dominant Eye

  1. Over the years of training cops, I found several who shot “off eye’d” Most were left handed and shot with the right eye. None of them even realized this and when I pointed it out, they were surprised. It wasn’t caught in the police academy because most instructors there don’t have time to look at things like that.
    A person can still shoot a pistol like that- but they will never be super fast because they’re shooting off balanced. It’s impossible (almost) to shoot a long gun “off eye’d”.

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