It’s important to know which eye is dominant. Virtually everyone has a dominant eye. And, since the ability to align your gun with a moving target is so important, it’s critical that you use your dominant eye, and shoulder your gun on that side. Be aware, however, that even though you may be right-handed, it doesn’t mean that your right eye is your dominant eye. Which is your dominant eye? Here’s a simple test:
1) Extend your hands in front of your face. Place them together to form a small, roughly triangular opening with your thumbs at the bottom. Using both eyes, look through the opening and focus on a distant object. 2) Maintain your focus. Now close one eye. If the object disappears from the opening, your closed eye is dominant. If it remains, your open eye is dominant.
Do this several times before deciding which is your dominant eye. Try different times of the day, or even on different days.
If your dominant eye is opposite your shooting shoulder, don’t despair. If you’re a beginner, consider changing hands and shooting from the other shoulder. It may be awkward at first, but it can be done. If it is too late to switch, try placing a small patch on the dominant eye lens of your shooting glasses. Use a “Decot Magnetic Dot”, don’t cover the entire lens.