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Eye dominance

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Trent, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    When I was practicing dry fire the other night, I kept switching between both hands, strong hand, and weak hand.

    I noticed when I switched to shooting weak hand I was lining my left eye up with the sights; strong hand, my right eye. It wasn't conscious, it took awhile before I noticed I was even doing it.

    I always practice with both eyes open, for what it's worth.

    I didn't *used* to do this (at least, not that I have ever been aware of); I'm right eye dominant and have always shot using my right eye regardless of grip.

    Anyone else ever had eye dominance change, or become a non-issue over time?

    I almost couldn't believe it when I discovered that the eye I was using changed when I went weak hand.
  2. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I have always naturally shot with both eyes open. And I am also eye dominant to the strong hand holding it too. I didn't think there was anybody else on the planet like that.

  3. S&Wfan

    S&Wfan Well-Known Member

    It is strongly to a person's benefit to practice shooting weak handed and strong handed of course, but ALSO to add to the routine practicing both hands with both eyes.

    Why? Because in a fight one can take schrapnel, sand, wood splinters, whatever into your dominant eye and lose the fight trying to shoot differently under mortal danger stress!!!

    Ditto when shooting a rifle! A lot of deer hunters learn this the hard way when that trophy buck suddenly appears but the hunter has to switch shoulders and suddenly can't find the reticle in the scope with his "other" eye!!!

    Food for thought.
  4. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Completely agreed. I took a nasty arm injury a few years ago in a motorcycle crash and ever since I frequently practice 'wrong side' shooting. Left handed rifle, pistol, and shotgun.

    I'm as good now at running a rifle left handed as I am right handed, and almost as good weak side vs. strong side on pistol.

    The things that hang me up still on it isn't the shooting so much, as it is magazine changes and malfunctions. My brain deadlocks for some reason.
  5. murf

    murf Well-Known Member

    nope. i have to close my right eye when i shoot left-handed. even with the gun straight out to the side, i have to close my right eye.

    no big deal, it closes automatically when i shoot lefty. just took a lot of practice to get that way.

  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I find it easier to shoot with my left eye when I shoot a handgun weak side too.

    BADUNAME2 Well-Known Member

    I used to be cross dominant, right handed and left eyed. I'd shoot a pistol with either hand, but always used the left eye. I shot long guns righty, and squinted the left closed enough that it would give up control.

    Then I chopped of a chunk of my right trigger finger, and now I'm shooting everything lefty.
  8. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    What happens if you HAVE to shoot right handed? use your middle finger to pull the trigger?

    I knew a guy once who had a hook in place of his hand, he could shoot a handgun (or assemble / disassemble a Barrett M82A1) with no problem. The finish on his guns was... rough, to say the least. To jack the slide on his handgun he'd 'hook' the rear of the ejection port and slingshot it. Big ugly scrapes up the slide from the hook letting go; but it worked good!

    It goes to show where there is a will, there is a way.

    He inspired me to also practice one handed reloads from time to time.

    BADUNAME2 Well-Known Member

    Actually, the middle finger is kind of messed up, too. The tip of the index is just gone, but the middle is still mostly there, just mostly scar tissue.

    Anyhow, there's enough of the index left that once I get the bulbous and somewhat tender new tip through the guard, I can pull with the second joint, just the way they teach you not to. It works out ok, better in fact than most people shooting weak hand, because it ain't really my weak hand. It's just getting the finger in the guard to begin with that ranges from amusing to unpleasant.

    Ps- that's all referring to short reach single action triggers. I never had much use for double action before, and haven't even messed with one since.

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