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Vision Skills for Accurate Shooting

Vision Skills for Accurate Shooting

“You can’t shoot what you can’t see.” Having sharp vision is a helpful component to shooting accurately. Here are some skills to practice:

Focus Flexibility is the ability to change focus from a faraway object to a near one, or vice versa. Try frequently changing focus between your computer screen and a picture hanging on the wall across the rοom, or a scene outside the window. This not only helps your focus flexibility, but it also can relieve eye strain caused by extended time on the computer.

Visual Memory can be improved by doing something as simple as taking a sight picture. The exercise can be testing how fast can you raise your gυn into your line of sight and see your front and rear sights line up. You can apply this to remembering where targets are located.

Peripheral Awareness involves perceiving what’s going on at either side of you without turning your head. Eye doctors test for peripheral vision loss by having you look straight ahead while lights flash at various angles off to the side. To improve this aspect of your vision, try looking at a busy scene with your head turned to one side (perhaps on ΤV or a computer screen, or on a sidewalk). Remember to practice from the left and from the right.

Dynamic Visual Acuity enables you to see objects clearly when they are moving quickly. You may have 20/20 vision when sitting still and reading an eye chart, but when motion is involved, your visual acuity could be worse. In sports vision testing, you might be asked to view objects or words that move fast across a computer screen and then identify them before they disappear.

Depth Perception enables you to make spatial judgments, including how far away an object or person is from you. Practicing magazine reloads at arm’s length is one way to improve your depth perception.

Color Vision is your ability to see different colors and shades, which can pose problems for some shooters. Some tinted shooting lenses enhance particular colors, such as yellow, by filtering other colors. Even if you’re not color deficient, enhancing the color of a target could help you see it better, so you have more time to react to it. Specially tinted lenses enhance differences between certain colors to help people with a color vision deficiency better distinguish an object from its background.

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