Is it Better to Shoot With Both Eyes Open?

Shooting with Both Eyes OpenShooting with one eye closed is a habit most shooters find hard to break. The truth, however, is that you cannot have full visual function with one eye closed. Your brain will only be processing half the required information. It’s no wonder then that when you find yourself in a combat/proactive situation, both your eyes will be fully open and dilated; it’s because your brain is inclined to take everything in.

But not everybody agrees that it is better to shoot with both eyes open, as often not, the situation dictates how precise you need to be. For example:

  • 2 eyes open for a 3-foot target
  • 2 eyes open for a 7-foot target
  • 1 eye open for a 15-yard target

So, should you shoot with both eyes open? Let’s have a look.

Advantages of Shooting with Both Eyes Open

  1. Awareness of your situation: With one eye open, your field of view is diminished. But with both open, your peripheral awareness improves, raising your surrounding awareness levels.
  2. Vision speed: Your brain adjusts each time you open or close an eye which means there’s a delay in processing vision. This can be prolonged when you close and reopen one eye.
  3. Balance: To better understand this, try running with an eye closed. Most likely, you won’t be that fast or straight. The fact is when moving and shooting at the same time, you need both your eyes open for balance.
  4. Stress and fatigue: When you are threatened or competing, you will be under some level of stress. This is when you experience flight response, which manifests as increased breathing, heartbeat, and pupil dilation. That causes poor target transition when one eye is closed. It gets worse if you are not used to shooting with both eyes open.
  5. Clarity: When you close one eye, the other one does not open fully. Your eyelid and eyelashes will block it slightly which means your target area will not be well clarified.

According to Dry Fire, you can expect a 20-30% increase in performance and even accuracy when you learn to shoot with both eyes open. But with all the obvious advantages, some people still insist on shooting with only a single eye open.

Some People Can Only Shoot with One Eye Open

The biggest reason why you might not be able to shoot with both eyes open is because of eye dominance. In some cases, you will come across a left-handed shooter who is right-eye-dominant and vice versa. While for some people it may not really be an issue, some are so dominant in one eye that it takes over when trying to focus on a target. Hence, they can never shoot with both eyes open and make a hit.

But, this should not ruin your shooting experience. You can use an eye shield to cover the non-dominant eye but still have it open while using other techniques.

When shooting, you not only need to anticipate a hit; you must also guarantee it. The benefits of shooting with both eyes open outweigh those of not doing so, like improved hand-to-eye coordination and better calculation of your threat distance and speed.

For most shooters, we recommend practicing the skill before you even need it.

5 Tips for Cleaning Your AR-15 Rifle

Cleaning an AR-15


Despite the AR-15’s modularity, the procedure for cleaning it remains almost universally the same. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tricks to keep in mind each time you disassemble for a deep clean. Save yourself some time and effort by trying some of these tricks for proper cleaning of an AR-15.

Use Consistent Cleaning Materials

Try to have the same cleaning materials on hand each time you clean. It will push you to develop cleaning habits that will save you time and money. Prepare these materials regularly when cleaning an AR-15 rifle:

  • Cotton Patches – The larger surface area of cotton patches combined with their density allows you to wrap the patch around all cylindrical parts and push the patch into hollow pieces for internal cleaning, too.
  • Solvent – A quality solvent will break down bonds between carbon, grease, and your gun’s metal without compromising the strength of the weapon’s construction.
  • AP (All-Purpose) Brush – You’ll come across stuck-on carbon and debris from time to time that requires a bit of extra strength from the metal fibers of an AP brush.

For almost any AR-15 cleaning job, these three materials are all you’ll need.

Inspect the Metal as You Clean

Cleaning is the perfect time to do a safety inspection of your weapon. It should be disassembled for a thorough clean, so you can get a good look at each part as you clean it.

Keep an eye out for cracks and pieces of debris, especially in hollow pieces. Make sure you’re cleaning the inside of AR-15 parts with hollow centers, as you may not be able to see debris hiding inside.

Make Sure Firing Pin Stays Dry

You should absolutely clean your firing pin, but dry it completely once it’s clean. Skip the lubricant on the firing pin – it’s essential that this particular part of your AR-15 stays 100% dry.

Lubricate with Grease, not Oil

All weapons need consistent and thorough lubrication to function. One of the most common beginner mistakes when first firing a new AR-15 is to fail to lubricate. The weapon will usually cease to operate under unlubricated conditions after a relatively small number of rounds are fired.

Some operators prefer to use oil as a lubricant, but since oil tends to run off rather than stay put, it can infiltrate parts of the weapon that don’t need oil or need to stay dry as well as thin out to the point that it is no longer viable as a lubricant.

Instead, you can use specially-formulated weapons lubricants that are greases, not oils, to ensure that lubrication stays in place. When it comes time to clean your AR-15 again, grease is also easy to remove with solvent and cotton patches.

Don’t Spend Too Much Time

A skilled operator can clean and reassemble an AR-15 rifle in about five minutes. Most of us aren’t going through a Commanding General (CG) inspection in which the parts of our weapons must be immaculate. Take the time to remove as much gunk as you can, but don’t overdo it.

Getting the majority of the buildup off the weapon so that it functions as intended is the goal of cleaning an AR-15. Once you have most of the dirt removed, the remaining dirt in the small, hard-to-reach areas won’t affect weapon performance.


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