"Wink Test"

Tailz

Midshipman
#1
I was trundling through PRMC.co.uk's forums about the medical and what it invovles.

I have no worries, except that NInja Stoker stated you have a wink test as such, for shooting.

Now i can only close my right eye keeping the left open, not the other way round.

And i'm right handed, is this a big deal?

And isit possible to be able to reverse it, and keep my left eye closed instead of my right, like, by practice?

Seems a little pathetic, but I wouldnt want to be failed medically because I couldnt close my left eye and keep my right open..

any help would be appreicated

Thanks
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#2
You cannot be passed medically fit until you can close your port eye & keep the starboard open - it's because you can only fire the SA80 right handed.

The rule was introduced recently after a serviceperson was medically discharged because they couldn't aim properly because the left eye remained open.

To date most people who cannot manage to close the left eye at the medical, and there have been a surprising number of individuals in this position, manage a miraculous recovery within a couple of weeks practising by holding the left eyelid closed with a random digit initially.
 
#6
Tailz said:
SO in order to practise

I should like, tape my left eyelid closed?

lol
Have you tried superglue? :biggrin:

PS: Now Stokers, DON'T try this at home or on the messdeck.... it could seriously impair your ability to wink at oppos of the oppotite sex (or the same :roll: ) as you lie under the (open) beer fridge.... ;)
 
#8
Tailz said:
I was trundling through PRMC.co.uk's forums about the medical and what it invovles.

I have no worries, except that NInja Stoker stated you have a wink test as such, for shooting.

Now i can only close my right eye keeping the left open, not the other way round.

And i'm right handed, is this a big deal?

And isit possible to be able to reverse it, and keep my left eye closed instead of my right, like, by practice?

Seems a little pathetic, but I wouldnt want to be failed medically because I couldnt close my left eye and keep my right open..

any help would be appreicated

Thanks
The worst combination is to be right-handed with a left master-eye OR left-handed with a right master-eye. Most weapons are designed for right-handed shots with right master-eyes.

Your master-eye is the eye that looks straight ahead; the other eye [your slave-eye] looks at a slight angle to give you stereoscopic vision and depth perception.

Not to be confused with the blink test.

RM
 
#9
Tailz said:
I was trundling through PRMC.co.uk's forums about the medical and what it invovles.

I have no worries, except that NInja Stoker stated you have a wink test as such, for shooting.

Now i can only close my right eye keeping the left open, not the other way round.

And i'm right handed, is this a big deal?

And isit possible to be able to reverse it, and keep my left eye closed instead of my right, like, by practice?

Seems a little pathetic, but I wouldnt want to be failed medically because I couldnt close my left eye and keep my right open..

any help would be appreicated

Thanks
You could always have a glass eye fitted :bball:

Worst combination I ever came across was the ex TA officer trained on the old .303 being shown the SLR. "If Sir cocks that rifle one more time Sir will get this size ten boot up his rear end Sir"
 
#10
So in all of naval history
it just happens that everyone before that lad who got discharged in 2008
can fire a right handed rifle and no one Has ever struggled.
 
#13
So in all of naval history
it just happens that everyone before that lad who got discharged in 2008
can fire a right handed rifle and no one Has ever struggled.
I am right handed but left eyed , bullseye with SLR but would struggle with SA80 as I would have to shoot right handed.
 

(granny)

Banned
Book Reviewer
#14
I realise that my comment will be of little use, but in my career the dedicated shots carried an eye patch to use on the unblinkable eye if it was found necessary.
 
#15
I was always puzzled by the "I'm a winker" song in the Sailor BBC programme. Now I think I understand - they must have been discussing marksmanship.

I'm still a bit mystified, though, how the poor chaps using SLRs and SA80s manage to get a decent grouping without the benefit of a proper Lee Enfield .303.
 
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