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#1 AzRednek

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 10:11 PM

Having trouble with my 10 year old Granddaughter. My son and I are trying to teach her to shoot her pink Chipmunk 22. She is right handed but might be left eye dominant. We've had her cover her eyes both with and without glasses. Either she doesn't understand or she really can't tell when the object we have her look at moves. Any of you have similar problems teaching a kid to shoot and how did you figure out which eye is dominant?

#2 Dr.Hess

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 07:26 AM

Did you try the old way: Look at an object far off, point to it with your finger, close one eye, did the finger move?

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:34 AM

Did you try the old way: Look at an object far off, point to it with your finger, close one eye, did the finger move?


THX Doc, yes we did and she is not sure or confused when we try it. She is embarrassed about wearing glasses and I think she doesn't want to admit anything she perceives as being wrong with her eyes. I tried to tell her it was normal but I don't think she believes me. According to her dad she has an appt with eye Dr in about a month. We may have have to wait till then to find out for sure.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 12:36 PM

Instead of asking her if the finger moves, try this: Both eyes open, point to an object. Close the left eye. Point to the object. Did she move her finger?

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 12:56 PM

Another method similar to Dr. Hess's suggestion.

Sheet of typing paper with a 1" hole on the center. With both eyes open hold at arms lenght using both hands. Hold below line of sight. Concentrate eyes on an object at distance. Raise paper while watching object. Close one eye, did object disappear? Try several times to make young lady comfortable, it can be a little confusing. And yes, there is always the embarassment factor when dealing with children. Especially where glasses and peer pressure are concerned.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 03:00 PM

Have her put both index fingers and thumbs together making a semi diamond shape in the middle. have her look through that opening and find an object, them slowly bring the hands toward the face and see which eye it in front of. Go slow and it should work.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 03:02 PM

Have her put both index fingers and thumbs together making a semi diamond shape in the middle. have her look through that opening and find an object, them slowly bring the hands toward the face and see which eye it in front of. Go slow and it should work. Try it your self first .



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Posted 14 June 2010 - 07:58 AM

I'll try your advise, thx guys. With temps going into three digits it might be awhile before we go shooting again.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:19 PM

Hey Az, take a look at this video, he has a good tip using a paper towel roll.





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