Eight Awesomely Bad Shooting Tips

In an effort to rid the firearms world of damaging misconceptions and downright bad advice, we surveyed eight professional shooters and writers to get their best examples of shooting tips gone wrong. Learn them, know them and be sure to scold anyone who has the gall to offer up any of these awesomely bad instructions.

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14 Responses to Eight Awesomely Bad Shooting Tips

Tony wrote:
September 05, 2011

I have to agree that heavy rifles are eaiser to shoot. Does not matter if it's from a stand or tracking a running deer with the crosshairs, heavier is better. My favorite is the Ruger #1B. A fine rifle, but it has never been considered a lightweight.

Bob_K wrote:
April 17, 2011

Thank you for this one. When I was a 17-year-old Army recruit, I was hammering targets in practice M16 shooting the way I had shot rifles and shotguns since I was about 7 -- with both eyes open! During qualification, one of the drill sergeants noticed my both-eyes-open technique and "corrected" it with a whack to my helmet with his cleaning rod. He continued to whack me each time he saw my non-dominant eye open. The SOB cost me qualifying Expert; I got Sharpshooter instead. Never again after that.

sarge22853 wrote:
April 02, 2011

Semper Fi ..... wonder if he used a scope?

Duffy wrote:
October 05, 2010

When I shoot with both eyes open, I see two guns! Any ideas on how to cure this?? So I shoot with one eye closed.

Buckdun wrote:
September 24, 2010

You are right on this one, at least it works for me. I learned on big, heavy rifles & still shoot best with them. The last lightweight rifle that I tried I had to add a 1 lb weight to the muzzle to get it to steady down.

Phil wrote:
September 17, 2010

My take is to learn to shoot ambidextrously. This takes training and effort but as a right handed shooter, I've had game come in on rightside and to turn my body to make the shot would have alerted the game.... was able to make the shot lefthanded. Police should be trained to shoot with the "weak" hand just cuz'.... there just might be that one occasion when the need arises... a wounded police officer down with a shot-up stong side and no training to shoot from the weak side?? I've also spoken with right hand dominant shooters that are left-eye dominant and they do fine....switching them they do better. As a trainer I've helped shooters "switch" -- now they are more comfortable and confident. These factors are also important in being a successful shooter. Mr. Jarrett is a professional Shooter.. long experience on the range. I don't disagree with him entirely but as I implied above, as a firearms trainer, I can say each case should be taken individually with no general pronouncements. Of course, he's talking handguns and competition and not rifle and shotguns in the field but then again, the police officers are the one's on the street. Close-up combat for a police officer is not necessarily trying to aim aand gain points. It's more survival -- hit the target and take it out ...more often than not it's just plain ol' point shooting and coming out alive on the other end.

scott starkey wrote:
September 16, 2010

I disagree. Shooting a shotgun, yes I would recommend both eyes open. Rifle and pistol...shoot with one eye closed if it feels comfortable. This notion of having both eyes open as the "correct way" is bad advise. It is the same theory as holding the firearm. If right-handed feels more natural than left, then that is what you should do. Same for the eye closed. If it feels more comfortable it will result in better shooting. In a tactical situation both-eyes-open method aids in peripheral vision to see possible threats, other than that shoot however you want.

DeLoyd wrote:
August 29, 2010

I undestand shooting with both eyes open but what about right handed shooters that are left eye dominant or vise-versa, shooting rifle - handgun or shotgun? Do you still give the same advise?

SFC Oliver, USA wrote:
August 25, 2010

WOW!? Some people really do need to learn some fundamentals of shooting. I use the fundamentals the Army has taught me (same as the Marines, worded differently), and the SQUEEZE is definately important. Especially at 300 meters with iron sights, unsupported firing position. Excellent advice against the "jerks" bad advice.

Jim wrote:
July 29, 2010

That is the worst. There is no reason to put complete stupidity into print. That writer needs to have some common sense!!

Everett Snyder wrote:
July 10, 2010

We recently tested out a pair of bullet proof safety glasses. The worst advice we received was: "So, make sure you stand really still when he shoots at your eyes..." Um. No, I think we'll place the glasses on a stand, thank you. Here's the review:

Vance woolley wrote:
July 08, 2010

I have been shooting for 50 years with one eye closed because I am cross dominant. no amount of practice has ever worked to change that. I just do not see the sights with my left eye open. So I repeat how do I shoot with both eyes open?

joe wrote:
July 07, 2010

pat said it right know what your doing wrong and work on you pratice doing it the right waytill your better.

Mark IV wrote:
June 29, 2010

If you're right handed, it wll go low and right.