The Definition of Eye Dominance
Although we have two eyes for depth perception and for spare parts, there is a natural tendency for one eye (the master eye) to take precedence over the other,
regardless of the relative visual acuity of each eye. It is a fortunate condition when the eye on the side of the shoulder where one is comfortable mounting a gun is also the dominant eye.
To test for eye dominance:
Pick out a small object several feet away.
With both eyes open, center your right index finger vertically over the object.
Close your right eye.
If your finger appears to jump to the right, you are right eye dominant.
Then open your right eye and close your left eye.
If your finger remains in position in front of the object, you have confirmed your right eye dominance.
Alternatively, if in the above test, upon closing your right eye your finger remains in position covering the object, you are left eye dominant.
If you close your left eye instead and your finger appears to jump to the left you have confirmed your left eye dominance.
Eye dominance problems can be treated with
1. A severely-cast, crossover stock to bring the dominant eye in line with the gun's line of sight,
2. A patch over the dominant eye, or just a small piece of frosty Scotch tape on shooting glasses intercepting the dominant eye's line of sight,
3. Fully or partially closing the dominant eye, or 4. Learning to shoot from the dominant-eye shoulder.
While less convenient, methods that retain the use of both eyes better preserve the ability to perceive depth in three-dimensional space, a great benefit in wingshooting.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
An inexact, non-technical term indicating a magazine holding more rounds than might be considered "average.".
The practice of modifying military-type firearms either to make them suitable for civilian sporting use.
Common sporterizing includes changing the stock or sights.
The arc described by a projectile (or a load of shot) after it exits the muzzle of a firearm. Falling objects accelerate downwards at a rate of 32 feet per second, per second.
The faster a projectile travels, the greater the distance it can cover in a given time before dropping too far. Hence, the higher the velocity of a bullet, the flatter the trajectory it will achieve.
Also called black powder, gunpowder is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. It burns rapidly,
producing a volume of hot gas made up of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, and a solid residue of potassium sulfide.
Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant
in firearms and as a pyrotechnic composition in fireworks. The term gunpowder also refers broadly to any propellant powder.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional gunpowder (black powder) described here, but instead use smokeless powder.
The entire process of moving the trigger from its forward-most position to its rearward-most position, causing the hammer to fall and the shot to fire.
A shooting position in which one or both knees are touching the ground, but the shooter is otherwise erect.
In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.
A fully automatic firearm that rapidly fires multiple rifle-caliber shots with a single pull of the trigger.
The Soviet Union's standard military and police side arm from 1951 to 1991 replacing the Tokarev TT-33 semi-automatic pistol and the Nagant M1895 revolver.
Designed by Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov, it is a blowback operated semiautomatic pistol which fires the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge, and holds 8 rounds in the magazine.
The abbreviation for Automatic Colt Pistol.
It is commonly used to designate specific calibers, particularly those which were originally designed by John Moses Browning for the
Colt Firearms Company which are a type of rimless pistol cartridge designed mainly for use in semi-automatic pistols.
The most common ACP calibers are .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP and .45 ACP.
The Monte Carlo comb came to rifles via shotgun stocks. It
rises well above the ordinary comb line of the stock at the
butt and tapers downward toward the point of the comb. This
raised portion of the stock lifts the face of the shooter and his
or her line of sight well above the standard elevation provided
by the classic style. However, the same amount of drop is
maintained at the buttstock. A shooter with a long neck who
often has trouble getting his or her face down far enough on
the comb of the regular stock benefits from the Monte Carlo
A 1/60th part of a degree, the unit of measure used in adjusting rifle sights.
As it turns out conveniently, a minute of angle translates almost exactly to one inch at 100 yards
(actually 1.047 inches), to two inches at 200 yards and three inches at 300 yards
A firearm whose barrels are hinged, and rotate perpendicular to the bore axis to expose the breech and allow loading and unloading of ammunition.
Commonly shortened to mag pouch, this is a device to hold extra magazines which fastens to the shooter's belt.
A long gun stock that may be doubled over for conveniently compact storage.
Rifling that is formed by pulling a die made with reverse image of the rifling (the 'button') down the pre-drilled bore of a firearm barrel.
The amount of work done by a bullet, expressed in foot pounds.