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Shooting Tips For Left Eye Dominant Right Handed People.

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

  1. Special_K

    Special_K Well-Known Member

    I'm a left eye dominant person that is right handed. I was taught in the military that I should shoot right handed but my left eye will start to twitch which is really distracting when I'm trying to get those perfect shots.

    With it a pistol it's a little easier because I can position it with my dominant eye and still use my dominant hand.

    I'm just curious if there are any tips or ideas out there about what I could do to improve accuracy/shooting ergonomics?
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    I'm right-handed/left-eye dominant, and I shoot all long guns lefty. Feels much better. Your drill sergeant isn't around, is he? Shoot lefty.;)

    I shoot pistols righty, though.:uhoh:
  3. HuntCast

    HuntCast Well-Known Member

    You should have been taught to shoot left handed. Your sergeant be darned ;)
  4. Checkman

    Checkman member

    I shoot both handguns and rifles with my left. Went into the army and never told them. As far as the knew I was a lefty. Many sergeants in the army are not shooters and just put on a good show.
  5. Special_K

    Special_K Well-Known Member

    They did no such thing, just said "deal with it." I tried it a few times and could never get my position correct to get comfortable and always got yelled at for taking time!

    Now that I have time I want to do it more correctly!
  6. Nortonics

    Nortonics Well-Known Member

    Same scourge here.

    I shoot all handguns right handed, with my head tilted for proper sight picture - done it so long it's just natural now.

    Also shoot rifles and shotguns on the right side. For rifles I close my left eye - for shotguns I'll either squint to fully close my left eye, or sometimes use the old tape trick on the left lens of my shooting glasses.
  7. Checkman

    Checkman member

    Practice. I can't say much else. The army did teach the basics. So practice with you left. You'll get it.
  8. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    Like you, with a dominant left eye, shooting right handed with handguns is not a big deal. For long guns, I've always looked for a "technical" solution, rather than to learn to shoot left handed, usually a scope mounted high enough that I can sight through it comfortably enough with my left eye.

    This works for me, simply because I don't shoot long guns that much. If I did a lot of shotgun work, I'd probably go to the effort to learn to shoot left handed. I no longer hunt. I shoot handguns regularly, and I have a couple of long guns I shoot occasionally. Both have red dot scopes on them mounted so that I'm comfortable sighting with my left eye, while shooting right handed. I have a shotgun, for home defense. Within the range I'm going to be using it, I would just be pointing and shooting, not sighting down the line of the barrel.

    I understand the case for learning to shoot left handed in this situation, especially if you plan to shoot a lot. What work for me might not work for you.
  9. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    If you want to continue shooting right-handed, you can put a piece of clear tape over the left lense of your shooting glasses. This will allow you to keep your left eye open but prevent it from focusing on anything. I believe that you can eventually train your right eye to be the dominant eye.
  10. HuntCast

    HuntCast Well-Known Member

    Eye patch works too..... Lots of bow hunters wear them for the same reason.
  11. Limeyfellow

    Limeyfellow Well-Known Member

    I tend to just shoot them left handed to go with my left eye. I can handle shooting with a peep sight right handed , but other types of open sights I find it really hard to shoot at all other than left handed.
  12. stevemis

    stevemis Well-Known Member

    I don't seem to have a dominant eye -- every time I do a test, I get different results.

    I recall someone once asking me to look at a far-away object and point at it with one finger. If I focus on a distant object, I see two fingers.

    Regardless, it's probably pretty trivial to "re-train" to a different dominant eye. The human brain is amazingly adaptive. I'd try covering your current dominant eye for a few hours each day with a pirate patch -- perhaps while reading, playing computer or watching TV. It will probably take a few days for your brain to favor the other eye.

    If anyone goes this route, please let me know how it works out.

  13. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    I recommend you stop shooting right handed. Notice I didn't say "try shooting lefty"--there's a difference. It'll be a little awkward at first, but you'll catch on quickly.
  14. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    Same thing here. Pistols are fired from my right hand, and the pistol or my head gets tilted for the proper sight picture.

    Rifles and shotguns are fired from the wrong shoulder. Most of the time they're easy to adapt to, the exception being slickside AR15s... The biggest problem is rifles/shotguns with the safety on the triggergaurd, like a 10-22 or a remington 870.

    Switching shoulders for longarms was actually pretty easy for me.
  15. Guntalk

    Guntalk Well-Known Member

    Here's a neat trick Doug Koenig (shooting champion) showed me. I am right handed but strongly left-eye dominant. Long guns from the left shoulder, hand guns in the right hand.

    The tip: Shooting a handgun in the right hand, just before you raise the gun hand, turn your head about 15 degrees to the right. Doing this allows you to use a proper grip on the handgun (so the recoil goes straight back into the arm, not into the thumb/web part).

    Slick as a whistle.
  16. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    Everyone sees two fingers. Your dominant eye/brain will use the dominant image.

    BUT, here is an EASIER test.

    Focus on an object across the room. Hold up a CD so you can see the object through the hole in the middle of the CD. Your brain will automatically line up the CD so you can see it with your dominant eye. Now close your left eye. If you can still see the obect you are right eye dominant. Now close your right eye. If you can still see the object you are left eye dominant.
  17. Nortonics

    Nortonics Well-Known Member

    MUCH easier said than done. Younger children have some success in making eye dominance change, but us older folks stand a fat chance of doing so.

    There is some excellent info out here on the Internet about cross dominance. Did you know there are four major areas of cross dominance? Vision, hands, feet and hearing. Interesting conditions - often partially responsible for assorted children's learning disabilities in school (why attempting to change a child's cross dominance vision back to normal is desired) to athletes having to overcome all sorts of inhibiting issues that these cross dominance issues affect.
  18. force_quit

    force_quit Member

    Turn to the right (swivel head) or tilt to the right? Do you shoot with feet square to the target or left foot forward for this?
  19. 2bigfeet

    2bigfeet Well-Known Member

    I write left handed and shoot a rifle left handed... thats it. Everything else is right handed. I was left eye dominant shooting right handed pistol but retrained to be right eye dominant for shooting pistols (just a better arrangment altogether). I'm shooting IDPA now so it just seems easier to get in those non-square facing positions shooting around corners etc. I went to the range and totally refused to use my left eye. Close it, site with your right eye, slowly open your left just a wee bit, fire. Again and again. After a few hundred rounds you'll get it. Its just conditioning. I'm shooting much better than I ever did. A tip someone gave me for IDPA shooting: close your left eye as you draw, that way there is no confusion as to what eye will be used. After you line up your target open your left eye a wee bit, fire. I still shoot a rifle lefty and left eye. I guess you call it ambidextrious. :)
  20. rono

    rono Well-Known Member

    I guess I'm not the only oddball. I shoot pistols righthanded left-eye dominate. Rifles left handed left eye. Write with my left hand, everything else right handed. I used the style Tom mentioned. Works for me. The only issue is right handed bolt action rifles. Looks a little bizarre reaching up and across to work the bolt with my left hand.


    ps. Tom -- Love the TV show.

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