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Anybody practice shooting with their weak hand?

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  1. 357smallbore

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    I am a lefty. I now and again try and shoot and train with my right hand (handguns only) It is a real challange. I try and stay 5yds distance while doing this. Auto or revolver I look pretty pathetic on the range. But I guess practice makes holes in a target get tighter :D
     
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    I was taught to shoot with both hands, and I continue to practice with both hands (one handed and two handed shooting). And it has come in handy (no pun) quite a few times when I have broken an arm or a hand.
     
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  3. Jim Watson

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    Weak hand only is an occasional challenge in USPSA and IDPA.
    Competitors had better practice.

    We had one guy who was left handed, but had injured his left arm to where anything more than about a magazine was painful. So he taught himself to shoot right handed. When called on to shoot "weak handed" for a few rounds, he was way ahead.
     
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    Yes, very often with my carry guns, at 25yds out to 100yds. I have somewhat of an advantage being left eye dominate and right handed. I shoot left handed primarily but I am very comfortable shooting right handed with a handgun or rifle.
     
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    weak hand and non-dominant eye. because you never know when SHTF really means SHTF.
     
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    Yes am fairly ambidextrous and have co dominant eyes (shoot lefty with left eye) and shoot both long guns and handguns both ways. It is a little more natural for me to shoot right handed since I do that more. But often I focus on the fundamentals better lefty since it's not as natural. As such I do nearly as well shooting clays off either shoulder.
     
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    I always practice either hand. Gets easy real quick. Change stance as well.
     
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    Just enough to realize i could do better with my offhand. Things like manipulating the safety are always a pain.
     
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    I've always shot ether hand with handguns, rifles and shotguns.
     
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    I have always practiced shooting single handed with a pistol using either hand all of my adult life. What can I say it pays to be ambidextrous.
     
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    Every range trip.
     
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    I usually do a magazine weak hand every time I hit the range...usually @ 7 yards if indoors and will push it to about 21 yards if outdoors.

    It's not that I am very good 1 handed - especially getting older - but feel it's important to practice the mechanics as well as the accuracy.
     
  13. theotherwaldo

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    I started out as a leftie but was forced to use my right hand while in my first elementary school.
    Thus, I am ambihelical - I screw up equally well with either hand.
    This has stood me in good stead when I lost most of the sight in my right eye, when i pretty much amputated my left trigger finger a couple of times and from nerve damage to my hands from various misadventures.
    I'll never be a great shot, but I'm a fairly reliable one with either hand.
     
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    I always plan to, and then forget.
     
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    I'm adding that to my repertoire. Where should I send the royalty checks?
     
  16. 40-82

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    Practice with the left, yes. As my right becomes more arthritic, I can draw out a shooting session longer by doing more with the left. How much good this practice does me beyond amusement is yet to be determined. I've never killed anything with my left hand.
     
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    I sometimes shoot the FBI qualification drill, which has the shooter use his or her weak hand at three yards. It is quite a difference from shooting strong hand only.
     
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    I try every so often to practice with my weak hand with handguns. As the other poster standard I am cross eye dominant (left handed but right eye) as well, so it's not that difficult.

    It just feels very unnatural.

    I always shot rifles right handed. I should give that a try with my left hand
     
  19. WheelGunMan

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    I'm fortunate to shoot with both hands equally well. I actually shoot my LCR better with my weak hand...go figure.
     
  20. BLB68

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    I shoot equally poorly with each hand, each time I go to the range.
     
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    Shoot rifles and shotguns pretty equal. Shooting handguns left handed, under stress, I’d need smart bullets. I still practice southpaw. And in controlled slow fire I do.....ok. But 5 shots in 4 seconds, he better be close, and built like Butterbean.
     
  22. FL-NC

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    1. Yes. There were drills that we did both in the military and as a contractor where we fired pistol and carbine weak hand. 2. Story time- I took multiple wounds once when I was just not having a good day. I had a RPG detonate 3" from me that gave me a concussion, frags to my right arm and shoulder, left eye, neck, and face, a dislocated jaw, broken nose, and 5 teeth knocked out. Seconds later, I was hit in the right forearm by a bullet. After I was dragged to cover and had some 1st aid applied and I got my wits back somewhat, I thought I would get back into the fight since it was still going on. I picked up a M4 and went to fire it from my left (weak) side, since I had a 1 1/2" gaping hole in my right forearm, and it just wasn't working. The only problem was, I couldn't sight with my left eye due to the debris in it and the fact that the blast injuries had closed it like I had got punched by Rocky. My Oakley glasses had come apart in the RPG blast. So, I wasn't able to further contribute to the gunfight. However, if I had not gotten the eye injury, I would have been able to continue to fight, firing the M4 from my weak side. So it is definitely a drill worth doing occasionally.
     
  23. FROGO207

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    About half the time I actually remember to do it at the range. Mostly handgun and surprisingly I am a fair shot. Not bullseye accurate but SD accurate non the less. The hard part for me is the safety operation. YMMV
     
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    Most range trips. Getting better, but my left hand rate of fire is pretty slow.
     
  25. rskent

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    Right hand. Left hand. Both hands.
     
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