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Right Hand, Left Eye

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Flounda, Jan 7, 2012.

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  1. Flounda

    Flounda Member

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    I've put about 400 rounds thru my new CZ75BD and am hitting pretty consistantly 2-3 inches to the left. I am right handed but sight by closing my right eye. Could this explain it? The factory test target that came with the pistol favored the right side a bit. I'm just getting back into shooting after about 30 years of inactivity. Just looking for some input before I mess with the sight.
     
  2. jj1962hemi

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    I don't think it should matter. I'm right handed and left eye dominant. I think the alignment between the front and rear sights can be correct from either eye. You may need to adjust the sights due to the way they are situated relative to your grip, etc., but I don't think the eye you aim with should matter. With a shotgun, this is much harder to deal with.
     
  3. mdThanatos

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    I usually shoot to the left and am cross eye dominant like you. I had to adjust my sights on my GP100, only handgun I have had that has adjustable. I haven't really had time to test it with my 1911 that I got a few months ago or my new Cougar, but I have a feeling that I will need to drift them over some. As a test, try closing your left eye and shooting a few round to see how they line up, that might help determine if it is eye related.

    ADDED: It may also be too little trigger finger.
     
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  4. foxmoor

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    I have several CZs and think it's doubtful that the sights are off - it's likely just your cross dominance playing the main role. I'm also a right hand/left eye shooter and I simply learned to shoot predominantly with my left hand. Works great and you don't have the cross dominance/sight issue. If you're just getting back to shooting after many years, you can start and focus on the fundamentals and leave any bad old habits behind!
     
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    I also am cross eye dominant. Sighting with your left eye while holding in your right requires you to turn your head to the right so as to line up with that eye. This is a very awkward way to shoot and is not a good habit. Shooting off hand would be an option but my dexterity is better with my right hand. What I learned to do is close my left eye and shoot with my right. It took a little training but now I can do it just great. Turning your head to the side or adjusting your hold to accommodate the other eye makes it very hard to transition from target to target. It also makes it hard to walk while aiming. I didn't think that one would be a big deal but it makes walking where you want to harder.
    In order to shoot with both eyes open I have been learning that I only have to partially close my left eye for my right eye to be used to sight with. I have it now to the point that I only have to squint a little bit with my left eye to get my right eye to take over.
    Like I said it will take some work but you will be much better off.

    You can test this for your self. Line up you finger with a object on the wall. Close your left eye and your finger will no longer line up with the object on the wall. Now, move your finger to line up with the right eye and the object. See how far you can open your left eye and retain the same sight picture. It will take some conscious training but it will serve you better.
     
  6. Zach S

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    Cross dominate here. The only sights I can remember having to adjust were ones I replaced.
     
  7. DaBull

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    I'm cross eye dominant. I don't hold the gun any different, and I don't see how turning your head a bit makes a difference...and it doesn't seem to for me. All that matters is you keep your sights aligned between your eye and the target. Maybe I'll try shooting with my right eye next time to see if my rounds go right of aim...nah.
     
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    As long as you hit your target......


    I actually practice shooting with both eyes open.
     
  9. rickinil

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    am cross dom. i just learnt to tuck my chin into my right shoulder and sight with left eye - at least now i hit where i call it
     
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    I'm also right handed, left eye dominant. I shoot with both eyes open. Takes awhile to learn, and you have to blink occasionally, but it WILL fix your "shooting left" issue in a jiffy. I do, however, shoot all my rifles lefty.
     
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    I'm left eye dominant and shoot with both eyes open. I don't think that my cross dominance affects my accuracy (or lack thereof) at all. The only think that it seems to affect with me is that I naturally gravitate toward a Weaver stance, finding that it more naturally puts me inti a correct sight alignment.
     
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    I found that I had to do something to trick my brain to use my right eye. This could be turning of the head, adjust stance (weaver), or partially or fully close the left eye. Some may have to do more to over come this dominance. I have worked and worked at shooting with both eyes open and unless I turn my head I can't do it. I'll keep working on it, but the best i've gotten so far is to partially close my left eye. I can still see everything I just trick my brain into switching over the my right eye.
     
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    I am severely left eye dominant, and I just tuck my head. Shooting one-handed, I use the "half homie" grip, and actually seem to do pretty good with that.
     
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    I'm right handed, left eyed, but I have trained myself to shoot with my right eye sighting, both eyes open.
    Unless you're seeing the sights with one eye and the target with the other, it shouldn't matter.
    My new CZ 75B was shooting to the left and the test target showed the same. I had to move my rear sight quite a ways to the right to get on target. I also filed about .020" off the rear to bring the groups down on target at 25 yards.
     
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    Bullseye stance.
    Tilt head back.
     
  16. 1SOW

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    My only experience with the cross dominate issue ( I'm right handed) is when I shoot weak-hand only. It makes no difference in my 'aiming' except for provision to "ride the weak-hand recoil" differently.

    I know cross dominant shooters who say the same. Trusting your dominant eye takes practice, but usually works if your vision is good. Dry firing at home can strengthen the trust. Sight and dry-fire quickly and don't move the pistol, so you can think about it AFTER the hammer drop. Repeat, a lot.

    Just a possibilty: Make a VERY conscious effort to NOT move the pistol with your trigger press. Weak hand should have 60% or more of the grip on the pistol. Pushing the pistol left with trigger press is often a problem. It is with me, if not concentrating on trigger press and grip.
     
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