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Right handed rifle, left eye dominant

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tackleberry45, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. tackleberry45

    tackleberry45 Well-Known Member

    I am right handed. I am left eye dominant. If you have this same setup and were buying a brand new rifle, would you just buy the whole thing as left handed including the action. So far it has not been that difficult to work the bolt righty and get back on it. Just wondering if anyone else has ponderd this or made the move to fully left handed action
  2. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    The lefty I shoot with most often tends to buy right-hand guns -- especially service-type weapons as he figures he might as well be comfortable and used to shooting the guns that are commonly seen, rather than having to rely on finding a special lefty action.

    Many right-handed practical long-range shooters are going to left-hand actions on their bolt guns because it is easier to operate the action without disturbing the firing grip of the right hand.

    So, I'd have to say shoot whatever is most comfortable to you as their are advantages to either way.
  3. valnar

    valnar Well-Known Member

    I am RH and LH eye dominant.

    My collection is mostly military surplus, so I continued that RH trend with the few new bolt actions I bought. I do have to close my dominant eye, but I only care to be good enough for plinking or fun. I suppose if I competed at some high level, I'd "do it right" and buy left-handed rifles so I could shoot with my dominant eye. But since I do indeed shoot a Mauser or Mosin now and then, I'd prefer to keep it consistent.

    I do, however, stink at shotgun.
  4. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    valnar, the far better bet would be to simply shoot all long-guns from your dominant shoulder. There are very few guns that are actually difficult or dangerous to shoot from the left shoulder. Almost all "right-hand" guns can be shot lefty with almost no difficulty.
  5. chad1043

    chad1043 Well-Known Member

    My dad was left eye dominant. He used a right handed rifle. I have no idea how he did it, but he made it work.
  6. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Really? It isn't hard at all! Don't you practice shooting swap-shoulder at least sometimes? It's a good skill to have.
  7. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    Shooting with both eyes open can minimize the eye dominance effect. I am right handed and left eyed and have shot right handed my entire life with rifles, handguns, and shotguns and I hit what I aim at most of the time :).

    Just my .02,
  8. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Well-Known Member

    I will from now on!

    I suppose it just never occurred to me before...
  9. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Yup. I prefer a southpaw action for bench work. Using your off-hand to load rounds and cycle the bolt means you don't have to rebuild your position and relocate your firing hand for each shot. Much more efficient.

    For field use, however, your off hand needs to support the rifle while your shooting hand manipulates the action. So outside of shooting from mechanically supported positions, a rifle configured for your dominant hand is optimal.

    As for cross eye dominance, you need to decide if it's easier to train your weak eye or your weak hand. I personally find transistioning eyes to be easier (I'm naturally right-right, but do practice right-left, left-right and left-left)
  10. lefteyedom

    lefteyedom Well-Known Member

    I am RH LED,
    I prefer left hand bolt action rifles but can shoot right rifles off my left shoulder.

    The only real problem for me using right had rifles is if the stock has an high cheek rise on the stock that prevent a good cheek weld.

    Pvt Jackson in Saving Private Ryan gave an excellent display of shooting a 03 Springfield off of the left shoulder.
  11. dvdcrr

    dvdcrr member

    I am southpaw and right eyed. I just shoot fully right handed to match my eye.
  12. Mike J

    Mike J Well-Known Member

    I am like valnar. I am right handed, left eyed. Shoot long guns right handed right eyed. I also have a hard time with clays but can do just fine for my purposes with a rifle.

    I never worried about practicing shooting a rifle left handed until a couple of years ago. I was deer hunting & the direction the deer came from I had to either stand up & move or shoot left handed. I opted to shoot left handed & got the buck. Since then I make it a point to practice firing that way some before season starts.
  13. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I'm right handed, left eye dominant, learned to shoot lefty about 8 years old when I realized my conundrum. I have always used right hand guns. Be weird for me to work a bolt left handed. Kinda like Jimmy Hendrix learning to play a right hand guitar lefty, ya just get used to it, then there's no other way. What I don't like is crossbolt safeties. I need to get a lefty safety for my 10/22. They are available, just haven't done it.

    I just raise the gun a little and support the gun with my trigger hand while I work the bolt. Have learned to be pretty fast at this.
  14. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

    I'm the same-RH/LED,and have always shot rifles left handed.Although,I do shoot right handed often,and can shoot almost as well.
    Pistols,I have always shot with either hand but shoot better with my LH.

    I mainly buy LH rifles,but have plenty of RH models also.Unless your trying to shoot a rifle with a raised RH cheek rest,shooting RH rifles is the same as a LH,only the bolt is on the wrong side of the action.
    But with practice,you can operate a RH bolt almost as fast as a LH bolt.
  15. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    As a child I instinctively shot long guns left-handed until I realized my "mistake" and gave in to what I thought was the "right way". Now I just take an extra second to slowly blink my left eye for shotgun to switch my brain over or with rifles just snap my left eye shut.
  16. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Well-Known Member

    I too am cross dominant. I squint my left eye just enough for my right eye to take over. This allows me to retain some peripheral vision on the left. It has worked for me for over thirty years of shooting. I sight with my left eye for handguns and my right eye for long guns. I just never felt comfortable shooting lefty. You could always try patching your left eye until your brain is retrained, which may be never.

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  17. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I shoot from my left shoulder and operate the right hand bolt with my right hand, being careful not to cut my left hand between thumb and forefinger.

    Why would anyone want to take their shooting hand off the gun to cycle the action?
  18. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I have to patch my left eye to shoot skeet, I use a small piece of frosted tape (Scotch Magic tape) to obscure the vision in my left eye when i am sighting down the barrel. I still have peripheral vision when picking up the targets as they leave the houses.

    I have tried this with rifle and handgun and it helps me, but I have to move the tape for different shooting positions or use a large piece of tape, so I tend to not bother.
  19. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    I was shooting right handed for 20 years before i had heard of eye dominance. Found out I was left eye dominate. I can shoot fine with either eye when I momentarily close one. In some respects per Internet days were better as there was less stuff to concern yourself with when learning to shoot.
  20. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Or, it was better back before folks could share information about how to shoot better than they might have been able to figure out on their own after even half a lifetime of trial-and-error. I don't get the "ignorance is bliss" philosophy of shooting skill, but hear it a lot.

    Even if you're "too old to learn new tricks" (or believe that, anyway) at least you can learn how not to saddle your kids and other youngsters you teach with the same handicaps you were stuck with.

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