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Anybody practice shooting with their weak hand?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 357smallbore, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. jstert

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    “yes” to practice shooting with weak hand. “will do” to practicing manual of arms with weak hand, thanks for great suggestion. i also discreetly remove ear protection from one ear when shooting at an indoors range for just a couple of rounds, a few more rounds when outdoors, to familiarize myself with the sounds encountered in an emergency situation.
     
  2. ATLDave

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    I beg you to reconsider. This guarantees hearing loss/injury. The same logic would also suggest occassionally shooting yourself so that you will be "familiar" with it for an emergency situation.
     
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  3. jstert

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    yes i’m aware of the risk, thanks. i said a couple, as in two rounds, indoors and perhaps two more outdoors, out of 500 or so range rounds probably only every 2-3 months at most i should have added. i asked my m.d. brother who advised to make it a rare habit, as i have. i judge it important for me to know the sound. no, i’m not shooting myself or crashing my car or starting a kitchen fire.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    There was a cop here who shot his annual qualification with bare ears so he would not be startled by a gunfight. Sixty rounds plus everybody else on the line shooting 60 rounds was no doubt damaging.
     
  5. ATLDave

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    Hearing damage is permanent. It doesn't heal. Spreading out the damage just spreads out the damage... it doesn't prevent it. And lost hearing doesn't come back.

    Deafen yourself if you choose, but don't be under any illusion that you're not losing hearing every single shot (especially indoors).
     
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  6. entropy

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    BTDT. :rofl:
     
  7. murf

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    yes, the ringing never stops.

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  8. NoirFan

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    Yes I do, and I practice reloading my revolver with my weak hand too. Press the latch with weak hand trigger finger, push cylinder out and eject empties with strong side forearm, tuck revolver into strong side elbow, manipulate speedloader with weak hand.
     
  9. farm23

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    Every time I at my range I practice week hand. Also I grew up when there was no hearing protection and then when there was 'men' didn't use them. Now I have very expensive hearing aids.
     
  10. FL-NC

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    I did yesterday. A "little bird" told me it may be a good idea to practice for a multi gun match this weekend.
     
  11. Mustangowner

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    I have on occasion, but the first time I did it I shot just fine (at 5 yards), so every now and then I will but it doesn't seem to get better or worse and I don't really want to spend half my time at the range shooting left handed on the very off chance my right hand may be incapacitated, so I can hit at 5 yards, good enough for me.
     
  12. Jack19

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    None of us practice off hand enough. I dislocated my right shoulder earlier this year, carrying was, VERY suddenly, a problem. Lesson learned.
     
  13. cw308

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    I have fired right and left handed in the service but haven't in civilian life , it's a good practice though.
     
  14. JR24

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    Amusingly I was doing some dot torture drills this past weekend with a few guns and my off hand stage was significantly, crazily significantly, better with my new Glock 19 against my well used 1911 and relatively new APX.

    As usual, despite having the heaviest trigger, Glocks just seem to fit me so well. Either hand
     
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    I had a cranky old squad leader in the Army who harped on shooting with both hands. Never enough trigger time to get truly ambidextrous, but any lead down range is better than none. So I still like to keep minute of torso accuracy with my off hand.
     
  17. 1MoreFord

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    Not really recently but back when I shot IPSC I certainly did. I still maintain enough competency shooting weak hand to have passed my last re-qualify requirement for my carry permit.
     
  18. Olon

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    With handguns yes, especially in dry fire. Even so, I’m probably only half as good with my left hand as my right. Maybe less.
     
  19. skeeterfogger

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    Don't have to. Can shoot any pistol, rifle or shotgun either hand. Pistol either hand and eye. I just be that way.
     
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    After watching handgun tv I started practicing single handed, handgun homework. It's been a few months of practice now and I shoot every bit as accurately support hand as strong hand. I'm lucky to have a small range at my house and shoot almost every day so I get lots of practice.
     
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    I did this for the first time in a while over the weekend. It was a little disorienting at first, but I was still able to qualify without any problem and only dropped 2 points out of a possible 150. I was shooting a RUGER Security Six with a 4 inch barrel, PACHMAYR Gripper grips and using REMINGTON .38 Special +P 125 grain sjhp.

    Jim
     
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    So, hop in your TARDIS and go back to before it happened. And don’t do what dislocated your shoulder.
     
  24. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I had a stress fracture in my right wrist some years ago and could not shoot right handed for an entire shooting season, spring and summer.
    I learned to shoot left handed through necessity. I actually got to be pretty good out to 15yds. Once my right wrist healed, I of course abandoned practicing shooting with my left hand.

    The last couple of weekends, I have begun practicing with my left hand at the 7yd line.
    Last week I shot my M&P 40 with the 9mm barrel and managed to hit several steel targets fairly regularly.
    This week, I decided to try it with my two Vaqueros in .45Colt. I only missed one steel target at 7yds out of three cylinders full.

    I intend to make it a point to do some left handed shooting in each range session going forward.
     
  25. FlSwampRat

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    I'm right handed and left eyed, a bit of a POA adjustment needed each time I switch.
    Funny, but it's not the same POA difference with different guns. Handguns, of course.
     
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