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I am right handed, but left eye dominant...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by cbmyers2007, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. cbmyers2007

    cbmyers2007 Well-Known Member

    .... so does this means I need to shoot lefty?
  2. wooderson

    wooderson member

    Or retrain your eyes for shooting with a patch.

    I'm highly left-eye dominant, because my vision is better in that eye (and so the pair work independently). I generally just 'switch eyes' for shooting, but I'm going to start using a patch in order to make it easier.
  3. -terry

    -terry Well-Known Member

    Shoot iso. Works like a champ. No need to shoot lefty like the rifle guys have to.
  4. blackhawk2000

    blackhawk2000 member

  5. cbmyers2007

    cbmyers2007 Well-Known Member

    iso? what do you mean?
  6. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    What are you shooting?

    I'm left eye dominant and shoot right handed. I use a small piece of tape on my left lens when shooting shotguns to block vision in that eye. I shoot rifles using my right eye. I shoot handguns using my left eye. Find what works and stick with it.
  7. U.S.SFC_RET

    U.S.SFC_RET Well-Known Member

    You will be surprized on how well you can do if you switch to the other side. Don't rule it out but give it a try. I did it and thousands of others. Matter of fact the military used to train everyone to shoot right handed. I now shoot either. (switch hitter).
  8. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    I have been left eye dominant for years, and have never shot lefty. I was ORDERED to do so in the academy, and challenged my Sgt, that if I turned in a score less than expert, I'd redo it his way. I graduated wearing an expert pin.
  9. Thain

    Thain Well-Known Member

    My wife is the opposite: left-handed, right-eye dominant. Shoots her shotgun right-handed, and yet, seems to prefera hangun in her left.

    I gotta get her into Three Gun!
  10. Will Fennell

    Will Fennell Well-Known Member

    Get the gun under your dominate eye....

    From someone who does this for a living......to reach your full potential, you need to get any longgun, especially a shotgun for airborne targets, under your dominate eye. Anything else is not going to enable you to achieve your best.

    I have been working with some specialist on a program to retrain eye dominace, but so far, it doesn't look practical.

    Best advice, if you are left eye dominate, but right handed.....get a cheap Red Rider BB gun, and start shooting left handed.....it will seem very awkward at first.....but it will quickly seem much more natural. You eyes will love it!
  11. cbmyers2007

    cbmyers2007 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I should've specified this. I'll be using a handgun. So should I keep it in my right hand and just use my left eye to aim?
  12. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat...I also think that is why it was so very important that I shoot w/ both eyes open.
  13. whitetiger7654

    whitetiger7654 Well-Known Member

    I just watched a DVD on shooting that covered this today. What the guy said was take your regular grip and stance. Then just move your gun over an inch or so. So you can use your left eye to aim. I hope you can understand that if not let me know.
  14. benelli12

    benelli12 Well-Known Member

    I am right handed and left eye dominant. I shoot long guns on my left shoulder, but I shoot pistols with my right hand, but I still use my left eye. I dont know if that is a bad habit, but I'm a pretty good shot with my pistols.
  15. larryw

    larryw Well-Known Member

    Mr. Fennell is very wise.

    As one who was ordered to shoot right handed, it wasn't until I was able to shoot lefty before I started shooting very well. Shooting is a visual acuity and fine muscle control activity, not a brute strength one (unless we're talking about that 458 Lott safari rifle I've been droooling over...).
  16. cbmyers2007

    cbmyers2007 Well-Known Member

    do I need to close my right eye?
  17. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Well-Known Member

    I would say its always best to keep both eyes open...Especially if you are definately left eye dominant, you'll always focus with your left eye...

    In my case, my left eye is better than my right, so I had to train myself to use my left eye with my right hand stance.
  18. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Well-Known Member

  19. SolaScriptura139

    SolaScriptura139 Well-Known Member

    I'm right-handed, left-eye dominant. I've actually found that I'm more accurate when I shoot with my left hand (with right hand support). However, it feels awkward and my left arm gets tired quickly (and soon begin to limp-wrist).
  20. nramember2

    nramember2 Well-Known Member

    I am left eye dominant but right handed. I didn't know exactly what that mean't until a friend commented when I was surfing, that I was surfing "goofy foot" [Right foot forward] I can do most things with both hands and didn't realize until this was posted that it is comfortable to shoot either way, Right handed or left. Go figure.

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