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Aimpoint; left eye, right handed shooter

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by shotgunjoel, Apr 20, 2009.

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  1. shotgunjoel

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    Here's the deal, I think that an Aimpoint would be a great thing to have, but as you shoot it with both eyes open I think it could be a problem for me. You see, I'm right handed and left eye dominant. kinda annoying. So I'm wondering if this would be a problem.
     
  2. huckster

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    I'm also a right handed shooter with a very definite left eye dominance....

    I've used aimpoints and eotechs and as long as I shoot both eyes open they're not a problem for me.

    A big problem is that I have a bad habit of closing my left eye when using irons only... it's long been the way I zero with iron sights and shoot highpower.

    When I zero an eotech or aimpoint with both eyes open (like you should) and then accidentally close my dominate eye, I'm wildly off target.

    Bottom line: as long as you zero the sight with both eyes open, and continue to use it with both eyes open, you shouldn't have any problems
     
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    Thanks, sounds like a plan.
     
  4. SimpleIsGood229

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    Short term, the best course to take is to simply adapt to it by closing your off-side (in your case, left) eye and make the best of it. You could train your right eye to be dominant,
    Long term, the best thing to do is to adapt everything to your strong eye--shoot everything left handed. I know that this will feel completely foreign and clumsy at first, but my opinion is that a cross-lateral person has more raw marksmanship potential with a switch to shooting with the same hand as his dominant eye.

    With handguns, the cross-lateral shooter can "cross-over" himself by shifting his stance. It's not ideal, but it can work.

    When it comes to shotguns, forget about it; a cross lateral shotgunner will have quite a lot of trouble consistently hitting anything. This due to how aerial targets are hit--seeing the target, knowing at which point the target must be lead to, and instinctively putting the shot pattern in that area. If you cannot naturally see the target well due to cross-lateral dominance (or anything else for that matter), you will simply have lots of trouble hitting what you're "aiming" for. This also applies to fast combat rifle shooting--especially with red dot sights.

    Basically, it comes down to the fact that switching dextrously-dominant sides of ones body is generally much easier than shifting ones visual dominance.
     
  5. Wesson Smith

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    I'm strong side right, and left eye dominant as well. It has taken a lot of patience and practice for me to adjust to it, but it's worked out pretty good. I have no problem at all with red dots. Iron sights (for me) are a different story.
     
  6. lefteyedom

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    I to am right handed and left eye dominant. Once I started shooting left handed, shooting became fun.

    The only problem I have had shooting lefty is finding the guns I want in lefthand action.
    It is not that hard to shoot a right handed rifle off the left should and run the bolt with the left hand.
    Good luck just keep both eyes open.
     
  7. Lucky

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    Seems so awkward to get a cheekweld with the left side, no? But re the sight, the eye that sees the bright dot should get priority in the brain.
     
  8. kyarcher

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    I am also left eye dominant. I tried using both eyes but that did not work. I now close my left eye to shoot both my rifles and my bow.
     
  9. RyanM

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    IMO, red dots are actually perfect for people who are cross-dominant. Try putting the lens cover down, and use the scope. It still works! Your left eye sees the target and the area around the target. Your right eye sees the dot, the scope, and the area around the target. Your brain puts them together, and the dot ends up right where it should be.

    The ancestors to red dot scopes had a closed end, and were used exactly like the above.
     
  10. AKElroy

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    I am LED and right handed; and this is exactly my experience. I shoot all my rifles left handed, and my pistols right w/ the CSI Horatio cant. I have a red dot on an AK and an SKS, and with both eyes open the dot just miraculously sits on target. You will not even be aware you are looking through the tube. For me this is unique to the dot; I still have to close the right eye with standard reticles.
     
  11. Big_E

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    Huh, I was born ambidextrous but I primarily use my right hand/eye for about everything. I have tried shooting my Rem 700 left hand and left eye and dis just as well as i do with my dominant configuration. All I can say is shoot the gun like you normally would. I guess i'm lucky to be ambidextrous.
     
  12. Hungry Seagull

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    I had cataract removed from nearsighted right eye and replaced with a implant that restored my sight greatly. My left is dominant and there is no valid number smaller than 20/5 that they can assign to that eye with a good lens.

    I used to shoot handgun with weaver two hand with a right shoulder back and brought the entire weapon over to where the left eye did the work. That was when I was blind totally in the right eye and still could place 90% of rounds onto center mass or nearly so.

    Shotgunning was a problem. I placed a green dot laser on the gun and aimed at the dot. When those things quit or burned up I put a sightmark onto a rail and tried again. Much better. But waiting for lens for the new right eye to be prescribed and fitted.

    Ask me again in a month how I do with that reflex laser sight. I already see the iron bead well enough to shoot less than 12 feet and hit what I aim at with that right eye.

    Im still shooting right hand. Prior to the surgery I was getting ready to shoot shotguns to the left and learn to like eating shells.

    My eye surgeon knows that shooting is my number one concern for that bad eye and he was able to preserve it the way it used to be.
     
  13. Rexster

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    I am left-eye dominant, but have found that I can sight just fine with a Leupold Scout Scope, mounted, of course, in the forward (scout) position. Things do not work so well with the cheaper scout scope marketed by Springfield Armory, probably because of less-clear optics. It also works with my Trijicon Reflex mounted in a forward/scout position. FWIW, with a normal optic, mounted on the receiver, close to the eye, I must close my left eye, when shooting from the right shoulder, or I will see the left side of the as a strongly dominant image, if not the only image.

    I went to a gun shop and tried this concept with an Aimpoint, mounted on a AR, in the forward/scout position. It worked fine. Of course, no shooting was involved.

    Of course, my eyes are not your eyes, but try the Aimpoint in the forward/scout position; it might work for y'all, too.

    Another thing to consider is an offset mount, such as the mounts that will put an optic at 1100/0100, or 1030/0130. I have thought about trying this.
     
  14. TEC

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    Same here -- right handed, dominant left eye. Last year, I finally quit squinting, bought my first true left-handed custom stock, re-learned to shoot long guns left handed and have never looked back. Best move I ever made to improve my accuracy with a rifle.

    And I discovered another interesting thing I had never really considered before. I was shooting a bolt action PCP air rifle (Air Arms S410 XTRA / .22) with a 10 round rotary magazine at a friendly get together and competition last weekend in Texas. Shooting LH off a rest, sighting with your left eye , you can work the hell out of a bolt action rifle without ever taking your eye off the scope or finger out of the trigger guard. Within one afternoon of practice, I was shooting 10 consecutive moving 2-inch targets at 50 yards. Rapid fire with a RH bolt action, shooting lefty is a tremendous advantage! You should try it. You may surprise yourself at how easy it really is to learn to shoot lefty. And being ambidextrous with a rifle is a good thing, especially when you are hunting.
     
  15. shotgunjoel

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    Hey TEC, you are posting on all of my threads. Yes, I've done that too with a right handed bolt gun off of the left shoulder, that's how I shot back at scout camp.
     
  16. Hollywood Marine

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    An lady trapshooter I know is right handed, and more or less blind in her right eye. She has an aimpiont or similar sight mounted on an aluminum extension bolted to the guns' rib that puts the aimpoint in front of her left eye with a normal gun mount and shooting stance. She does very well, and has been doing so some time.
     
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