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Right handed rifle, left eye dominant

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

  1. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Exactly, and those who do find it much easier and more successful!
  2. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I can't quite see the logic in that, but whatever works for you.
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Here are a few pages that delve into the issue and the possible fixes.


    It either boils down to training yourself to shoot from the side of your dominant eye (which really doesn't take that much work) or "dumbing-down", hampering, occluding, etc. your BEST eye. As vision is pretty much the most important part of accurate shooting, you can see why that isn't a terribly good idea.

    Now, for some folks it is possible to correct vision in the non-dominant eye to the point that it exceeds the acuity of the original dominant eye. And sometimes that will cause the body to shift it's natural tendency to give the "weak-side" eye control over to the now improved eye. But there's no guarantee, and not all vision is so correctable. For someone who's right handed, but their left-eye is dominant and rated 20/16 -- and their right eye is only correctable to 20/40, taping over their left eyeglasses lens (or worse, shutting the left eye, which we know isn't good shooting technique anyway!) means they lose the benefit of their sharper eye altogether!
  4. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    The original question was simply about eye dominance. It was never stated that the vision was much worse in the non dominant eye. If you have 20/20 vision in both eyes it makes more since to me to shoot right handed since that is what most guns are designed for. And from the first link you posted:

  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    True, but (of course) that suggestion does not stand alone. You should have put it in the context in which it was presented.

    That is the answer for an older man who has unfortunately fooled himself into thinking he's too old to learn how to improve. Ironically, he had only recently learned to shoot shotguns so the entire sport was new to him. He went through the entire basic learning curve the "wrong" way simply because he didn't believe he could do it "right." Had he started off on the right path, his learning curve would have been no longer and he'd be a better wing-shot now than he is. Of course, now that he's gone to all that trouble, he simply won't accept the work (and temporary loss of relative skill) to re-learn the more advantageous method. So, he'll never reach the level he could have.

    So in the end, he's presenting a cautionary tale, not an example to follow.
  6. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Well-Known Member

    My vision is better in my non-dominant eye. Eye dominance is wired into our brains at a very early age. It has nothing to do with visual acuity. Granted if someone is legally blind in one eye then of course eye dominance will shift to the other eye. That is why patching the dominant eye for a long period of time may work. You would have to be committed to doing so 24/7 in order to teach your brain to ignore the other eye and you still may not get results.

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  7. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    so, TL;DR:

    if you're left eyed, shoot left eyed.
  8. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Well-Known Member

    Tried it and don't like it. I shoot a bow, shotgun and rifle right eyed and hand guns left eyed all with my right hand. I put plenty of meat in the freezer and don't cause hardly any cripples, probably fewer than most. Sooooo, no thanks. It just doesn't feel natural to me no matter how much I practice with my left. I would imagine I'm not alone there.

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  9. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    I am RH/LE cross dominant....

    If you were brand new to shooting, i would start you shooting left handed.

    it is usually always better to shoot with your dominant eye if you can.

    when i started shooting, i realized i was cross dominant, and therefore i took the time to learn how to shoot with both hands.

    however when i shoot matches, i will always shoot right handed...it is far more comfortable for me and i feel i have greater control over the rifle when i am shooting with my 'strong' hand......i simply occlude my left eye to cure the dominance issue.

    the funny thing about eye dominance is, it can actually change between eyes given enough 'training'.

    when i started shooting, i was very strongly left eye dominant......however over time, lots of shooting, and lots of practice, i am now 'cycloptic' and my eyes are equally dominant(as confirmed by my eye doctor).

    essentially if one eye is blocked, the other will become temporarily dominant and will become 'stronger'.....do that often enough and eye dominance will begin to change.

    now does this mean you should wear an eye patch all the time?.....well, you can...but people may find it a tad strange.

    ....personally i would just use some scotch tape on my shooting glasses whenever you shoot your rifles and continue to shoot them right handed.
  10. Agsalaska

    Agsalaska Well-Known Member

    I am Left handed left eye dominant. I shoot right handed bolt action guns left handed. I have been doing it my entire life.
  11. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. That's what I said earlier in this thread and then was told that it was untrue and didn't make any sense.
  12. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    No, you said eye dominance was "mental."

    I've stated that it can sometimes be changed.

    I don't personally believe it is usually worth fighting the various factors which cause one eye to be dominant (most especially with young or inexperienced shooters who can choose which way to learn), but if the shift is actually a mild one it may work well enough for someone to achieve their goals.
  13. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    I,(as someone who shoots left handed, is mixed dominant, and has shot everything from AUG's to Hawken rifles) don't understand how right handed shooting should be of such benefit that people are willing to expend a tremendous effort to use it.
  14. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    If it can be changed it is mental. Your brain is just deciding on which eye it likes to use. Same with using your right or left hand. It's not like you can't physically use the other one, your brain has just gotten use to doing things one way.

    The choice again comes back to would you rather favor your dominant eye or your dominant hand. I choose dominant hand since that is what most guns are built for. You obviously feel the opposite.
  15. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    i think i understand what you are saying, and why its causing some confusion.

    you are using the term 'mental' to describe the physical neurological wiring of the brain.....which is the right understanding of eye dominance, but not really the right choice of word.

    where as most people when referring to 'mental' attribute it to a psychological cause. which has no effect on eye dominance.
  16. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Well, which is one of the factors contributing to eye dominance.
  17. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    Do you have any links or references to medical research on eye dominance? I've tried looking and haven't found anything better than wikipedia. Sorry if my terminology is wrong, I'm a physicist not a physician.
  18. Muzzlelover

    Muzzlelover Well-Known Member

    wow! I didn't think there was this many left-eyed right-handed dominent people!I thought me and my buddy were the only ones!I have tried and tried and tried to learn to shoot right handed but I can't.my shotguns and 22lr's and my 7 mag are right handed and I can shoot them all fine left handed although i do need a cheekpad for my 7 mag to make it more comfortable.
  19. ttheel

    ttheel Well-Known Member

    I am left eye dominant and shoot all my guns right handed. I have never had any issues. Not a big deal to me.
  20. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Well-Known Member

    I don't think slightly squinting my left eye is a "tremendous effort" but whatever. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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