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Right handed rifle, left eye dominant

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

  1. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    My brother has the same problem. Over the years he has tried several rifles. Lever actions and pumps would seem to make more sense than bolt rifles but he just likes a bolt rifle better. He even bought a left handed bolt rifle once, but by that time was so used to a right handed gun that he quickly sold it. He has been using a right handed bolt gun from the left side for years and does not feel handicapped by it at all.

    You do have to pay attenion to stock design. The high monte carlo stocks don't work well and a tang safety is easier for him. He uses an older tang safety Ruger now.
  2. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    I only shoot my rifles when using optics of some kind. Eye dominance is irrelevant, when using optics.
  3. W L Johnson

    W L Johnson Well-Known Member

    Left handed
    Left eyed
    Shoot right handed.

    You can trained yourself to do it. In fact I've been doing it for so long it feels weird shooting left handed.

    write - left
    eye - left
    shoot - right
    fork - left, knife - right (makes eating with a knife & fork so much smoother)
    bowling - right (haven't figure that one out yet)
    throw - both
    bat - left
    scissors - right (most scissors only work right handed)
  4. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    Another RH and LH eye dominant.

    I shoot all of my firearms RH.

    For handgun I use my left eye.

    For long guns I use my right eye. I don't have any problems shooting long guns with right eye which I suspect may be due to the longer distance of the iron sights. Scopes are easily focused to my vision. I'll let you be the judge with this recent target shot with iron sights;

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  5. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    There is left eye dominant and then there's right eye, for all intents, blind, which is me. I'm about 20-70 corrected right eye. Everything is fuzzy. I'm 20-15 corrected left eye. I cannot just close the left eye and shoot right eye. So, at age 8, realizing this, I sat down with my Benjamin and began to practice lefty. Before long, I was hitting stuff I didn't even see right handed. :D My Grandpa didn't realize the severity of the problem when he began teaching me at age 6 with my Daisy Red Rider.

    The ONE firearm I own that is a left hand model is a Cabelas Hawken Hunter Carbine (Investarms, think Lyman). It's got a raised cheek piece, so the left side gun helps. It has affected my choice in shotguns. I much prefer my Mossbergs for their tang safeties and I love the Browning BPS in pump guns. I have a Winchester 1400, finally found a lefty crossbolt safety and had it installed. There are little bothersome things about shooting lefty and being a righty, but it don't stop my from shooting. :D
  6. walgetty

    walgetty Member

    I also am RH but LED. All of my rifles are right handed and mostly military. :):)
    I prefer to shoot lefty but if the left shoulder gets sore or tired from a lot of bench shooting I switch to the right one. Left handed just feels more natural to me.
    I have a co worker who is the same but he still shoots right handed but his head is across the rifle looking down the sights with his left eye ! It sure looks weird while he is shooting but that is the way he shoots ...... :D:D
    BTW shooting rifles lefty is the only "lefty" thing I do ! :D:D
  7. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator


    Sure hope he doesn't go in for magnums some day -- I wonder if it is actually possible to DIE from "scope eye?" And I'll bet he's a hoot on the trap and skeet range.

    This would be a good example of why there's often GOOD way to do something, maybe a BETTER way, quite often a BEST way. ... and then there's the "non-of-the-above" way like this!
  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Oh, someone mentioned handguns, I shot 'em right handed and just sight with the left eye. I have no problem doing this, but I would NOT shoot a rifle this way.

    I did see a picture of a rifle stock set up for this, though, somewhere. Probably could google it, but I got to stop my break now and get back to butherin' venison.
  9. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    My Dad noticed that I was doing this when he first took me out shooting with a single-shot B/A .22 rifle ... I was ~6-7 years old.

    He told me that I should use my right eye to aim and I have been doing that with rifles ever since.

    It was many years later that I first read of the "dominent eye" thing and confirmed that I am RH/LED.
  10. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    Unless you have an injury, eye dominance is mental. I have trained myself to use my right eye when shooting right handed and my left eye when shooting left handed. I have actually gotten to the point where I can mentally shift my eye dominance.
  11. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    Every time i hear people advise left eyed people to shoot anything but left handed i facepalm.

    1. right handedness has no appreciable benefit for shooting most firearms.

    2. shooting longarms with anything other than your master eye is more difficult than doing it the proper way, and with the same amount of training will always be less effective.

    I'm left eyed/right handed, and I have direct experience with doing this both ways.
  12. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Personally, I am RH/LE, and I just won't buy a bolt gun. Bolt guns offer me nothing that a semi-auto couldn't do better for my personal applications. The worst I have to deal with on a decent non-bullpup semi-auto is brass flying in front of my face. But then again, I've played enough Counter-Strike that I can mentally block that out anyway.
  13. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    This is completely untrue. In fact, if you really stop to think about it, it doesn't even make sense.

    Eye dominance is a function composed of several factors, including vision acuity differences between the eyes and the wiring of the brain. Trying to train against it is unnecessary and will never give you as favorable results as the same amount of training would give if dedicated to training to use the dominant eye.

    YES, you can shoot long guns cross-eyed (so to speak). But you're fighting your own body to do so.
  14. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    So, are you saying you can train yourself to use your other hand, but you can't train yourself to use your other eye?
  15. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. I am damned near blind in my right eye, 20-70 corrected is pretty sucky. If both eyes were as bad, I couldn't get a driver's license or read this board without greatly increasing print size. There IS NO WAY I'll ever see well out of my right eye and my eye docs over the years have agreed with this. I figured this out at age 8, trained myself to shoot lefty, and now it's danged weird to pick up a rifle or shotgun right handed. I don't see WHY I should be forced to shoot with a blind eye. :rolleyes: Well, I never was forced, but I never took formal lessons in marksmanship. Once I figured out shooting lefty, though, there wasn't a squirrel in the woods inside 50 yards that was safe, I can tell ya that! :D

    It sounds to me like YOU really don't have an eye dominance problem. Must be nice.
  16. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I do own bolt guns. Danged hard to get sub MOA out of most autos. Even my bud's .300 mag BAR shoots at best 1.5 MOA. I might get that one down to MOA, though, if I owned it just by handloading for it. The bolt gun is much easier to work with, though.

    I do have a nifty little SKS with a sporting stock and 5 round mag that makes a pretty darned good brush rifle. I also have a .357 magnum Rossi 92 lever carbine I like a lot, both pretty ambidextrous. I also like the Browning BLR, buddy has one of THOSE, too, in .308 and it's a nice rifle if you don't wanna put up with the bolt gun. There ARE alternatives, but I've learned to live with and actually like my bolt guns. I shot my first deer at age 11 with that old Remington 722 in .257 Roberts shooting lefty. I still have it, inherited it, and wont give it up. :D

    A lot of it is probably how young you start. Youngesters learn faster and easier. Us old farts' brains get fossilized. :D The old dogs and new tricks thing.
  17. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    Obviously not an option for you. I didn't think that was the case in the original post though.
  18. PonyKiller

    PonyKiller Well-Known Member

    i too am right handed and left eye dominant, so is my father who taught me how shoot. If i concetrate i can look with my right eye and mostly pull it off. For the most part i can get away with a mild squint of the left eye and be dead on. As far as snap shots i must squint or i won't see the sights at all. Hitting clays i have to squint otherwise i'm just wasting ammo. My brother's left handed and left eye dominat and shoots left handed, it's funny to watch him operate a right handed bolt with his right hand, shooting left handed. For me it's not an option going lefty, my left shoulder is bad and mainly along for the ride, so i have to shoot handguns kinda sideways, but heck it works.
  19. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    I'm a lefty and am gradually selling/trading off all my RH guns as I get older, excluding milsurps of course. I don't care about resale value....how much my wife sells them for after I die is irrelevant.

    I had a case head failure in a 270 a couple of years ago. It was in lefty. Seeing how much gas blew out of the relief hole made me wonder if i would still have my vision had I been shooting a RH action. It was a powerful attitude changing experience.
  20. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    What caused it? Do you wear eye protection when you shoot?

    If I ever get a flinter, I'm thinkin' it'll have to be a lefty.

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