Righty or Lefty shooter?


July 17, 2011, 07:27 AM
I posted this poll in another forum. I am stunned at the results so I wanted to post one here as well to see if the trend is the same.

This is about how you normally shoot, righty or lefty. It's not about you practicing to become good off hand, weak hand, etc. If you choose both hands then that means you've shot both hands forever, not that you've practiced until you've become good with your other hand. I don't know what percent of the population is southpaw but it seems a lot of people are lefty shooters.

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July 17, 2011, 07:43 AM
I voted lefty but....

I shoot a handgun lefty
I shoot all rifles righthanded.


July 17, 2011, 09:37 AM

July 17, 2011, 09:55 AM
I voted left, as that's the side i shoot from 99.9% of the time, but if needed, i can shoot from either side.


July 17, 2011, 10:25 AM
LH for everything except scissors and old rotary phones

4v50 Gary
July 17, 2011, 10:26 AM

However, the non-dominant hand has not been neglected with respects for firearms training.

July 17, 2011, 10:59 AM
Right handed 100% of the time.

Rail Driver
July 17, 2011, 11:07 AM
I'm right handed, and my right eye is dominant, however I train shooting both left and right handed. I'm much better with my right hand, but I'm getting there with the left.

July 17, 2011, 12:50 PM
Left, but I shoot well (for me) with either hand. In fact, I broke my left wrist and carried righty for quite awhile. Took courses RH with little problem.

Mr. Happy
July 17, 2011, 12:54 PM
It would be interesting to find out about cross-dominance. I have a friend who's right handed but left eyed, and he's a great shot with both handguns and rifles - but he has to shoot the rifles left handed!

July 17, 2011, 01:02 PM
I'm right handed, left eye dominant. I shoot handguns righty and long guns lefty. I've had to adjust for the cross-eye dominance as I like to shoot with both of my eyes open. I just learned that I was left eye dominant. I never know before last month.

July 17, 2011, 01:12 PM
I can shoot a rifle quite well left handed just not as steady as my right and handguns its getting better. I've been working on becoming ambidexterous and I've already learned to write left handed.

July 17, 2011, 01:28 PM
I did not vote. I am left-handed. I shoot handguns left-handed, and long guns right-handed. With handguns, I am cross-dominant.

July 17, 2011, 02:16 PM
I’m a southpaw all the way except when playing Bass, I can shoot pistol weak hand but with my master eye.

July 17, 2011, 02:21 PM
I'm cross-dominant for vision and I'm right handed. I'm training gradually to become a lefty or ambidextrous shooter. It's not so much a problem with handguns as it is with rifles (I can't keep both eyes open when I shoot a rifle with my right hand).

July 17, 2011, 05:14 PM
All southpaw.

Daughter too.

July 17, 2011, 05:50 PM
I am from a strictly right handed lineage, but I was born with a lazy right eye. :banghead: Since then my left eye has become very strong. I have no hope of shooting a rifle right handed (unless I shift my face to look with my left eye). I shoot handguns equally well with both hands, but I only use my left eye.

July 17, 2011, 06:18 PM
I shoot righty but like others I am cross-eye dominant. It's not a problem with handguns but for rifles I have to close my left eye. I am going to try shooting lefty when I get more time to go to the range.

July 17, 2011, 07:44 PM
I am a lefty but I have made an effort to practice shooting with both when I go to the range.

July 17, 2011, 08:22 PM
I am right handed and shoot with two hands right handed, but when I shoot with one hand, I am actually a little better left handed. I started practicing weak hand for IPSC and it worked.

July 17, 2011, 08:34 PM
Being a retired LEO was trained to shoot with weak or strong hand , however, I mostly shoot right handed with both eyes open

July 17, 2011, 10:25 PM
Strong hand: right

Weak hand: left

I practice with strong hand mostly but also do much practice with weak hand in various holds and positions.

My adoption of weak hand pracice came about mostly because we had an incident in town a few years ago when a Ukiah Police Officer was attacked in a parking lot by a criminal with a five shot revolver in one hand and a knife in the other. Officer was caught a bit off guard and was wounded in his right arm (strong hand). He had a junior assistant riding with him at the time, he was able to extract the officer's handgun and place it in his left (weak hand). While lying on his back he fired a few times first wounding the perp, then killing him while he was trying to pry the shotgun from the patrol car.

Our IDPA matches have weak hand shooting as part of many scenarios and it is great practice.

Also, in my case, I had right shoulder rotator cuff surgery about 8 months ago. I practiced weak hand shooting while my right arm was in a sling. Worked out a good, solid method for reloading a DA revolver in this situation as well as my autos.

It's a good idea to not exlcude your weak hand in defensive handgun practice IMO.


July 18, 2011, 12:15 AM
I do a few things right hand...but...shooting is left. I do practice with my right some, (not enough), but my dominant eye is left also. So left shooting is much better for me.


July 18, 2011, 02:55 AM
Years ago, I hurt my hand when I was tossing a whackjob out of the casino I worked at and he struggled and I slammed my right hand into a steel door frame. It hurt, but not all that bad, until the next day. It turned dark purple, and hurt really badly. So I dug out the left sided holster I got with the S&W 28 I had, and carried it left side. I went to the range, and shot left handed twice, and actually didn't do all that bad. It felt very strange though. Kind of like trying to bat right handed, it just seems totally wrong!

July 18, 2011, 07:55 AM
As I recall from the FBI Miami shootout 25 yrs. ago, Platt (bad guy) apparently tried to shoot Mireles (FBI) with a .357, at close range, with his left hand after his right arm had been hit. He missed. Platt practiced shooting in the 'Glades, but apparently didn't practice weak hand. Mireles then got up, went to the window of the car and killed both Platt and Matix.

July 18, 2011, 10:10 AM
south paw except with bolt action rifles

July 18, 2011, 10:30 AM
Righty all the way, But can shoot lefty as the last 2 deer shot lefty ; )

July 18, 2011, 10:48 AM
every thing I do I do left handed. except shoot guns, im a right eye dominate right handed shooter oddly.

July 18, 2011, 11:05 AM
i shoot handguns southpaw due to a deformed right hand. but i do shoot my remington 870 and most rifles with my right hand.

July 18, 2011, 01:54 PM
I'm amidextris but I shoot mainly left handed.

July 18, 2011, 02:22 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Instinctively right handed but have trained past it "somewhat".

I still smile when I find myself delay by thinking/planning, instead of shooting the shot left handed. Right handed, sighting in and pulling the trigger is natural/instinctive, "quicker".

So, even though I can shoot left handed "either" would not apply to the same degree.
Definately right handed.

July 18, 2011, 03:03 PM
I practice with both hands equally. I'm generally left-handed so it feels more natural for me to shoot lefty, but the actual results are generally the same as shooting right-handed.

July 18, 2011, 04:38 PM
Southpaw here. But I can shoot right handed. I'm about equal Left to Right when it comes to pistols. I never liked shooting right handed with long guns, but learned how in the military. Accuracy suffers when I shoot right handed long guns, even bench resting.

July 18, 2011, 10:33 PM
Im a lefty so left hand on pistols and any crack barrel shot gun. Other than that right handed. Like others Im right eye dominant.

July 18, 2011, 11:12 PM
I am naturally right handed but I am strongly left eye dominant. My right eye is almost a lazy eye according to one eye doctor. I can shoot rightly fairly well depending on the sights, but not as well.

July 19, 2011, 09:11 AM
I shoot faster and more accuratly with speed using 2 hands.

strong hand only I am about the same accuracy wise as 2 hands, however I am not as fast shot to shot.

weak hand I am decent, and continue to work on that.My speed shot to shot with weak hand is about the same with strong hand only, however my accuracy is not as good.

July 20, 2011, 06:42 AM
Is anyone else surprised at how many shooters are lefty? Are lefties more prone to vote in a simple poll?

highlander 5
July 20, 2011, 08:35 AM
Rifle left handed pistol/revolver right handed. 10 to 15% of the population are left handed IIRC.

July 20, 2011, 08:42 AM
Left Handgun and Rifle either.

July 20, 2011, 11:44 AM
left for handgun most of the time, but have trained the right side as well. Long guns I started right for many years but changed to left for the eye dominance: rifle improved on left.

Springville Pop
July 20, 2011, 11:50 AM
Right all the way! My wife shoots right handed but is left eye dominate.

July 20, 2011, 06:26 PM
I'm naturally right-handed, shoot far better from that side of things, but have been working hard for the past 15 years or so (no typo) to become comfortable with the left side, should bad things happen. Let's just say that I'm better now than I was when I started.

Rollis R. Karvellis
July 20, 2011, 06:45 PM
Right handed, left eye dominant, left handed shooter.

July 20, 2011, 06:48 PM
I voted equally well but in reality it's equally not so well. ;)

July 20, 2011, 06:58 PM
Wow. Lefties are over-represented here

I'm a lefty in most things but I shoot rightie so I voted right!

Why so many lefties here I wonder?

July 21, 2011, 11:14 AM
Oddly enough, the way your poll choices are worded, the most applicable poll
choice would wrongly indicate I am a right-hander, because I do carry on my right hip, as my "primary" place to wear a weapon openly on duty and concealed off the clock. Most of my draw-and-fire training is, therefore, right-handed. Yet, I am a confirmed lefty, shooting some handguns, as well as all rifles, lefty. Shotguns, well, it depends upon the sighting system. Bead-sight shotguns work well from either shoulder, whereas other sighting systems require me to shoot lefty for maximum performance, as determined by my dominant left eye.

Handguns I shoot better right-handed: most double-action handguns, and the 1911. This includes my current duty SIG P229 pistols.

Handguns I shoot better lefty: SA revolvers and Glocks. When I first try a new weapon system, generally, I will shoot it better lefty.

There is no weapon that I typically shoot equally well with either hand, and no other task I typically perform equally well with either hand, so I am not truly ambidextrous. Overall,, skilled tasks I will generally do better in lefty mode, and large, gross movements better in righty mode. Perhaps a good way to put is is that I am right-armed and right-legged, but notably left-handed.

I still don't know how to answer your poll. In the past, I shot more right-handed than left, but in
the future, I will probably do more of my shooting in lefty mode, especially once I retire from
policin', which will also mean, probably, setting aside my SIGs, and carrying mostly my SP101 revolvers, with some packin' of SA revolvers.

July 21, 2011, 11:39 AM
Southpaw here, but shoot with either hand. Rifles and sidearms.

IMO, one of the best, if not the best type of rifle for shooting with either hand would have to be the M14/M1A, as the design is well suited for transition between hands.


July 22, 2011, 07:23 PM
I shoot rifles right handed and right eyed, but I shoot handguns right handed left eyed. When I bring the handgun up my right eye just naturally closes as I sight align.

Pete D.
July 23, 2011, 07:00 AM
Until last Memorial Day, I was 100% right handed as a shooter. Then I fell and broke my right wrist. Seven weeks in a cast/splint.....I was a lefty shooter for that time.
Bullseye is my shooting sport of choice and so it is one handed shooting. Have not matched my righty scores but seem to improve a bit each time.I plan to continue some lefty practice so as to become as ambidexterous as possible.

dagger dog
July 23, 2011, 10:26 PM
Right hand right eye dominant, but catarac problems got me shooting with my left eye, got pretty good shooting that way so I decided to try weak hand and I'm getting better every practice session.

July 24, 2011, 10:07 PM
So, if 1/3 of the shooters who voted are lefty shooters, does that mean that lefties tend to like shooting more than righties in general? I mean, I don't believe 1/3 of the population is lefty unless times have allowed true lefties to not be forced to do everything right handed like they did a few generations ago.

Is the world really 1/3 lefty?

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