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…is exactly how I shoot. Unless you are only doing precision static target shooting at long ranges, both eyes open for me is critical, as it leaves you with stereo vision and much better situational awareness. And, for these aging eyes, better light-gathering. As someone who has worn nerd-glasses since second grade (and probably should have had them at birth) I have a lot of reflexive adaptive skills that help me compensate – my perfect-vision buddies who shoot, gripe, piss, and moan as their vision slowly degrades towards mine, and are baffled at my lack of concern on the topic. Heh. I went through that in my 20s, fellas.
Humans are bilaterally symmetrical. We have two sides and two eyes. This gives us the advantage of binocular vision.
As the most important predator on earth, this gives us depth perception and the ability to judge range.
Closing one eye to shoot is very common and I do it for long-range pistol shots, but for most of our handgun shooting we should have both eyes open.
With certain rifle sights, we may fire accurately with both eyes open as well.
Firing with only one eye open actually changes the light in your eyes — think of it as changing exposure.
When you are fighting for your life, the rush of chemicals and the fight or flight response will cause your eyes to constrict.
You will probably not fire with one eye closed, so you should train with both eyes open.
How To Shoot With Both Eyes Open
BY WILBURN ROBERTS PUBLISHED ON MARCH 24, 2021 IN COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
I dunno about you, but this is our preferred solution. 😉
Continue reading “How do you deal with barbarians at the gates?”
In this case, a Steve Para cut-away.
Yes, there will eventually be video. The weather is not cooperating right now, anyway.
How to Get the Most From Your Range Training
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
A better use of range time might be to pick one particular defensive skill—flash sight picture, pistol presentation, sight recovery and follow-up shots, failure drill—and work on it for about 20 minutes. During this time, avoid any visiting or other social activity, just concentrate and shoot. Then take a break, go sit in the shade, get some water, think about what you’ve done. When rested up, work on the same skill again, or another related one. Again, about 20 minutes of concentration and focus is enough.
So, we have a “Subcaliber Mortar Trainer Device 3-F-8.” Designed by the Navy for the ARNG, to be able to train with mortars at home station.
As I recently found a reliable source for the .22 caliber blanks it uses, well, we can shoot mortars now. Safely. It came with the tech manual, but no firing tables, so, I went looking. I found a ARNG training note in Google Books that addresses that issue, and I will follow that because, well, to generate firing tables, I hafta go all ARDEC on it and shoot the thing a fair bit to generate the necessary range and ordinate data. Whee! Gunnery nerds unite!
Below is a somewhat edited version of the blurb in the note. Nota Bene item “C.”
“7 . PROCEDURES FOR THE PREPARATION OF FIRING TABLES FOR DEVICE 3 – F – 8 SUB -CALIBER MORTAR TRAINER (ARMY Reference : Operation and Maintenance Guide for Device 3 – F – 8 NAV EXOS P1185 )
a. These instructions describe a method of preparing a usable, although not exact, firing table for Device 3 – F – 8 , Sub – Caliber Mortar Trainer , Using these procedures , the following firing table data can be obtained for each charge : Range Elevation Elevation change for 20 ft . Range Change, Probable Error Range Deflection, Maximum Ordinate.
b. Procedures : [Elided because it’s boring gunnery stuff no one but me cares about]
c. Care must be taken that the ordinate resulting from the charge and angle of elevation is not greater than the ceiling of the armory. [Emphasis added]”
These projectiles are steel, have some heft, and, when impacting, fire off a black powder blank. There is no discussion anywhere on what sort of surface you are shooting *at*.
Therein might be why these things are always in such good shape when you run across them. 1SG wasn’t letting anyone shoot steel projos on his wood floor of the basketball court, and the mortar platoon sergeant wasn’t going to ding up the inspectable item by shooting them at concrete…
Whattaya mean you don’t have a RAP* round in your basement?
All the kewl kids do. Even if they *are* inert, because, well, my mother had me tested. Continue reading “Tuesday Temptations.”