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Scoped or Open—Which Is Best When Working on Eye Dominance Issues with Your Child?

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Teaching a child to enjoy the outdoors and take part of the sport of hunting is a rewarding part of life for active, outdoor-loving parents. But a child's physical and visual abilities, as well as other factors, can make it difficult to choose equipment that they will find easy and comfortable to use on their first few hunts. A common question parents often express is about teaching their child to use scoped firearms. If you are a parent currently working with a child to develop the skills needed for safe, enjoyable shooting, the following information can help. 

1. Understand the dominant eye issue

Ocular dominance is the term used for the brain's tendency to give preference to visual input from a particular eye. In reference to shooting sports, the shooter's dominant eye should always be considered when choosing the right firearm and scope set up and when working on stance and technique to help improve their skill level.

While this may sound as if every shooter must either be left or right eye dominant, there is actually a third choice, commonly referred to as having central vision, which can be the most preferable of the three options. Shooters who are left eye dominant will naturally close their right eye when attempting to focus clearly on something, such as when viewing objects along the open sights of a gun barrel or through a scope. Shooters who are right eye dominant will act in an opposite way, instinctively closing their left eye, while those who have central vision are often able to use open sights and scoped weapons equally well with both eyes open. 

2. Enhance the visual accuracy of the non-dominant eye

Youngsters who have eye dominance issues that make it difficult for them to aim and shoot to the best of their abilities may want to work on enhancing the visual accuracy of their non-dominant eye. In addition to helping them perform better on the shooting range, working to enhance the visual accuracy of the non-dominant eye can help them in other activities, such as playing tennis or becoming a pilot. 

Allowing your child to practice shooting with a comfortably-sized, scoped rifle is an excellent way to help them learn to focus with their less dominant eye in an enjoyable setting. When doing this, parents should always take time to ensure that the scope on their child's weapon is properly sited and adjusted. This can be accomplished by having the firearm's scope rings checked and replaced, if necessary, as well as considering optional equipment, such as laser sights and special coatings to help eliminate distracting glare. 

To learn more, contact services such as Alaska Arms LLC.


26 February 2018