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Hello: I have shot whole matches with the front of the red dot covered. It really helps with your target focus and using both eyes effectively. I also find it helps new red dot shooters with not following the dot to the next target. The boucing ball syndrome I call it. It helps them to transition to the next target faster and actually pick up the dot quicker. Your eyes and brain will take a little while to figure it out if you are used to one eyed shooting but when you do it opens up a whole better way of shooting. Thanks, Eric

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8 hours ago, Aircooled6racer said:

Hello: I have shot whole matches with the front of the red dot covered. It really helps with your target focus and using both eyes effectively. I also find it helps new red dot shooters with not following the dot to the next target. The boucing ball syndrome I call it. It helps them to transition to the next target faster and actually pick up the dot quicker. Your eyes and brain will take a little while to figure it out if you are used to one eyed shooting but when you do it opens up a whole better way of shooting. Thanks, Eric

Yup. But it never help those uninformed ROs staring in awe wondering how you hit those targets w/ that lols or repeating command several times to be sure “you are ready”

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I don't think it will take any time at all to get used to that.  The first time I 'tried' it was by accident.  I was shooting my bullseye gun with tube red dot and polarizing filter.  The front lens loosened and started to rotate.  By the time I was done there was no light coming through the sight.  The only thing I noticed was the target seemed dimmer.

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I spent 75% of the first day and 25% of second day of Ben Stoeger's class with a paster in front of my dot. He noticed during the practice stage that I was dot focused or following the dot and not target focused. It took me awhile to, see around/through the dot to see the target but once I did it helped to call the shots better and transitions  improved. It does make you look at the target to confirm that you are not moving your eyes too soon to the next target on transitions.

I dry fire and live fire practice now and again with the dot covered to reinforce target focus.

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I just covered a dot to see what you guys are talking about. So is the goal to see the dot with the dominate eye and target with non dominate eye forcing you to keep both eyes open? 

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1 hour ago, Chillywig said:

I just covered a dot to see what you guys are talking about. So is the goal to see the dot with the dominate eye and target with non dominate eye forcing you to keep both eyes open? 

 

The goal is to be target focused and not be looking through the window of the red dot to see the sight on the target.  You should be looking to a spot on the target that you want to shoot, the dot shows up at that spot and then you shoot.  If you're looking through the window, then your following the gun around with your eyes.  The gun should be following your eyes.  If you're doing it right, the image you see won't change whether the dot is covered or not.  Another thing to try is dimming it way down (for training purposes, obviously you want to be able to see it on a sunny day outside).  A bright dot attracts your focus back to the dot when it should be on the target.

 

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