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Mastering Cross-Eye Shooting: A Tactical Guide

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Welcome to another Tactical Tuesday Tip. Cross-eye shooting might not be a common but I see it enough on the range that it’s important to understand how to make the most of it. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of proper body position, aligning your sights with your dominant eye, and the benefits of this technique in various shooting situations.

The Problem with Cross-Eye Shooting

Cross-eye shooting occurs when someone’s handedness (left or right) does not align with their dominant eye. This leads to awkward body positioning and head movements, making it challenging to maintain accuracy and stability while shooting. This issue becomes even more problematic when you’re in high-stress situations or need to engage in dynamic shooting scenarios like moving and shooting, cutting angles, and using cover and concealment.

The Importance of Body Position

The foundation of effective shooting, whether you’re dealing with cross-eye shooting or standard shooting, lies in your body position. The key principle here is to bring the sights to your eyeline, ensuring that your head remains stable and focused forward. Instead of moving your head to align with the gun, you should move the gun to align with your dominant eye. This principle is critical for maintaining control and accuracy, especially under stress.

Mastering Cross-Eye Shooting

To effectively address cross-eye shooting, you’ll need to follow a few crucial steps. Let’s break down the process:

  1. Establish a Proper Body Position: Begin by ensuring your body position is correct. Keep your head straight and aligned with your target. This stability is crucial for maintaining control while shooting.
  2. Adjust Your Grip: If you’re left-handed with a right eye dominant or vice versa, you’ll need to adjust your grip slightly to bring the sights in line with your dominant eye.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice: The key to mastering this technique is practice. Start by closing your non-dominant eye and bringing the sights to your dominant eye. Repeatedly practice this until it becomes second nature.
  4. Both Eyes Open: Once you’re comfortable with one eye closed, challenge yourself by keeping both eyes open but still focusing on your dominant eye. This will help you maintain situational awareness while ensuring accuracy.

Benefits of Cross-Eye Shooting

Here are some benefits of mastering cross-eye shooting:

  1. Improved Accuracy: By aligning your sights with your dominant eye, you’ll significantly enhance your accuracy, especially in high-pressure situations.
  2. Better Body Control: Keeping your head straight and aligned with your target allows for better body control, making it easier to engage in dynamic shooting scenarios.
  3. Versatility: Cross-eye shooting can be invaluable when wearing night vision equipment, as it ensures your head and eyes are properly aligned with the optic or sights.

Limitations of Cross-Eye Shooting

It’s important to note that the technique described here is primarily applicable to pistols. When using rifles with optics, you may need to switch to a “left side, left eye, right side, right eye” approach because the rifle itself obstructs your head’s positioning. Therefore, this method is not as effective for rifles.


In conclusion, mastering cross-eye shooting is a valuable skill for shooters with cross-dominance. By following the principles of proper body positioning and aligning your sights with your dominant eye, you can significantly improve your accuracy and control. Remember, practice is key to making this technique second nature, so get out there and hone your skills. Whether you’re on the range or in a tactical situation, the ability to adapt to your cross-eye dominance can make all the difference. So, lock in that body position, move the gun to your eyeline, and never move your head to the sights. Give it a try and see how it improves your performance. Stay safe and keep practicing!

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