Anyone else right handed and left eye dominant??


March 21, 2003, 11:00 AM
This is my problem. I am right handed but left eye dominant. When shooting a handgun this isnt a problem. When i shoot a rifle I cant use my right eye. I cant get a sight picture to save my life. When I shoot the rifle lefty i can keep both eye open and still get a sight picture:( Anyone else have this problem? I havent shot rifles much, is there anything I can do to correct this? Am i stuck with this left eye thing? ?????:confused:

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Mike Irwin
March 21, 2003, 11:08 AM
I've got the flip side.

Left handed, right eye dominant.

Luckily, though, I'm fairly ambidextrous.

What you describe is common. That's why your one eye is called dominant.

There are a few people without a dominant eye, and they usually have all sorts of problems with depth perception, etc.

You can, however, train yourself to switch eye dominance during shooting.

It's tough, takes a lot of practice, and will probably give you a headache the first couple of times you try it.

March 21, 2003, 11:54 AM
I simply have to shoot long-arms left-handed because of the ambliopic right eye. Good news, though! The 2003 Browning cataolog showcases more LH bolt-gun options than perhaps even Savage, including short-actions.:D

March 21, 2003, 12:00 PM
Me too.:scrutiny:

I shoot a long gun about as well with either hand/eye but prefer to shoot left due to my dominant eye.

Sadly, I've never shot a left hand designed firearm.

March 21, 2003, 12:44 PM
I'm Lefty and Right eye dominant. My Left eye is good enough that it's not a problem when rifle shooting, however.

Have you tried putting a patch over your left eye for an hour before shooting?

March 21, 2003, 01:04 PM
I'm like you: right-handed but left-eye dominant. When shooting the rifle, I just close the left eye and the right eye does the job. Maybe not the best, but it works.

March 21, 2003, 01:17 PM
Righty and left eye domninant.

Only matters with bolt actions and then only if you need to make a fast second shot. At the range it's not an issue might be for hunting. The AR-15, A2 model, with the brass deflector for us lefty shooters was a major leap ahead.

Some lefty shooters have a problem with the Garand, but I never have personally. I guess it's hard to ignore the operating rod for some folks. (It looks like it's going to put your eye out when you fire.) But you're supposed to be concentrating on the sight picture and target as part of your follow through anyway.

Just do the best you can with either hand and eye and have fun.

Don P.

ballistic gelatin
March 21, 2003, 02:15 PM
left handed
left eye dominant
shoot right handed

A creative workaoround. When I practice, I put a dime sized sticker on the left lens of my safety glasses. Placing the sticker over the center of the eye allows me to have peripheral vision but provides right eye dominance. It sounds weird but it works. The only problem is explaining to people why you have a sticker on your glasses. By the end of the day, you can take the sticker off and maintain right eye dominance (with some concentration).

March 21, 2003, 03:19 PM
Right handed - left eyed.

I'm like Prof. I just close my left eye.

March 21, 2003, 03:33 PM
My girlfriend is left-eyed/right handed.
She shoots pistols right handed while tilting the pistol about 20 degrees towards her left, and shoots long arms left handed. Luckily, she doesnt complain that many of my guns (and her dad's) do not have lefty-friendly controls and has learned to adapt rather than ask for fancy left-handed accesories.
As long as the brass isnt hitting her on the head, she's fine with it.


March 21, 2003, 03:39 PM
Due to interesting genetic quirks I am right handed and unable to close my left eye while keeping the right one open. I learned to shoot a rifle left handed but trained myself to ignore what my left eye is seeing. I now shoot rifle and pistol right handed both eyes open.

Marko Kloos
March 21, 2003, 03:59 PM
I am right-handed and left-eye dominant. With handguns, I just tilt my head a little to acquire the sights with my left eye. With rifles, it depends on the weapon and the type of shot I need to make. For precision shooting at longer range, I shoot from the left shoulder. For sub-100 yard snapshots, I use the right shoulder, since my eyesight is good enough for quick and shoddy work at shorter range. The red dot on my AR is a great tool for precise and fast target acquisition off the right shoulder.

March 21, 2003, 06:23 PM
There has been research done on this problem and it is found that it is easier to train the hand than the eye. So if you are left eyed shoot left handed.

March 21, 2003, 06:59 PM
I can do OK by closing my left eye & forcing my right eye to look thru the peep.

I also find the addition of red dot optics to be very helpful.

DeadEye w/M1
March 22, 2003, 04:35 AM
im left handed and right eye dominant.....i shoot my rifles normal
, but i shoot my pistols left handed with right eye aim with a slight "cant".......its hard not very good with handguns........yet....i still have lotsa time to practice as i am only MUHAHAHAHAHA

March 22, 2003, 02:11 PM
My wife is right handed, functionally blind in her right eye.

With handguns, she give the pistol a slight tilt, and its natural for her.

Rifles she shoots left handed, no other realistic choice. This explains why she hates rifles. :(

Andrew Wyatt
March 22, 2003, 03:38 PM
I shoot pistols right handed, and rifles left handed. Not really a dominence problem as a "dad didn't want to buy a proper 1911 safety for those of superior handedness" problem.

As soon as i get some money, i'll buy some left handed holsters (which is the only reason i don't shoot pistols left handed now)

March 22, 2003, 09:13 PM
My daughter is right handed & left eye dominant. At the age of 15, she independently decided to convert to shooting long arms from the left shoulder. She is as strong minded as anyone you ever have or will meet. She has not gone into the details of what it took to get the job done, but by neddy dingo, it did got done.


March 22, 2003, 10:22 PM
Left handed, right eye dominant. Always shoot rifles and shotguns right habded.

March 23, 2003, 10:46 AM
I was born right handed and also blind in my right eye. I grew up shooting left handed so it poses no problem for me. I shoot everything left handed exeept sometimes I shoot pistols (1911 ans most auto pistols) right handed

March 26, 2003, 02:08 AM
Right handed, left eye dominant.

I shoot bows, and long-arms left handed. Always have, it just seemed natural.

I shoot pistols right handed, and don't cant my head, or the pistol in any way.

I'm rather accurate with rifles, and pretty bad with pistols, but I attribute that to a lack of decent experience in the matter. To date I haven't used any left-handed rifles, though I am planning on getting a Kimber 84M in left handed configuration as soon as it comes out. Aside from speed of a second shot, right handed weapons don't bother me.


March 26, 2003, 01:19 PM
I am in the same situation. You will need to practice shooting Left Handed.

March 26, 2003, 01:27 PM
My wife is right hand/left eye dominant. She shoots lefty.
Some people thought this was kinda funny - until she showed them up:evil:

March 26, 2003, 01:48 PM
Cool! I'm not a mutant after all!

Righty, left eye dominant.

I've been shooting rifles, shotguns, & bows, all my life, but very few handguns. I've never had a problem shooting long guns right handed. I always keep the left eye closed.

Handguns are a different story though. Apparently, my instinct is to close my right eye and sight with the left. My friend discovered this by standing behind me at the range at work watching me shoot. I've tried sighting with the right eye but it is very awkward. I don't shoot handguns all too often so I'm not sure how this effects my stance. Whether I move my head, or my arm, or both to get the proper alignment.

Sorry I'm not much help, but its nice to know I'm not alone.

March 26, 2003, 09:31 PM
right handed
left eye dominant

I'm so used to shooting rifles right handed I doubt I'm gonna bother changing.

March 27, 2003, 01:24 PM
Wow, interesting replies. There are more genetic freaks, I mean, "kindred spirits" :uhoh: out there than I thought.

Left handed, right eye dominant, but not all the time.

I'm the opposite of Lendringser - for long, benchrest shots, I lean toward the right eye, but for all other long gun work, I prefer the left shoulder.

In handguns it's the right side all the way. I think this may be hindering my handgun skill, since my fine motor (trigger) control is in the left hand.

I prefer a right-hand standing stance, but a left-hand kneel, sit and prone.

I seem to be able to assign dominance to either eye at will - probably because I always shot handgun right/long gun left, and there was no one to advise me otherwise.

Life's too short to suffer with a gun that doesn't fit - all my bolt actions are left hand ('03 Springfield is a special case); my AR has all ambi controls; and if anyone knows of a source for ambi FAL controls, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

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