Generally speaking, the advice to shoot a rifle with both eyes open the same as when firing a shotgun is good. It applies especially, though, to game shooting, rapid firing, and where distance must be estimated at the time of taking aim. With the long, deliberate aim of the match shooter it has been found trying to concentrate the brain's attention entirely upon what the sighting eye sees when both are open. On the other hand squinting one eye hurts the vision of the other, and this will not do. Hence we have the blinder.
This is a piece of moderately thick sole leather, fitted to the end of the 'scope, then bent and shaped to curve around the head over the left eye. The blinder has three distinct purposes. It covers the left eye, obviating any necessity for squinting it, at the same time shutting off all side light either from the right or the left. It is fitted over the end of the 'scope in such a manner as to act as a guard, preventing injury to the eye from recoil, and the heavy leather is an elegant head rest, firmly locking the head to the gun. As riflemen put it, a shooter crawls into his blinder and goes to sleep only to wake up with the crack of the gun and the marker signaling a 25.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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