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Righty or Lefty shooter?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by larryh1108, Jul 17, 2011.

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Are you a Righty or Southpaw shooter?

Poll closed Aug 16, 2011.
  1. I shoot MAINLY righty.

    93 vote(s)
    52.2%
  2. I shoot MAINLY Southpaw.

    58 vote(s)
    32.6%
  3. I shoot EQUALLY WELL with either hand.

    27 vote(s)
    15.2%
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  1. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Member

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    I posted this poll in another forum. I am stunned at the results so I wanted to post one here as well to see if the trend is the same.

    This is about how you normally shoot, righty or lefty. It's not about you practicing to become good off hand, weak hand, etc. If you choose both hands then that means you've shot both hands forever, not that you've practiced until you've become good with your other hand. I don't know what percent of the population is southpaw but it seems a lot of people are lefty shooters.
     
  2. AirForceShooter

    AirForceShooter Member

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    I voted lefty but....

    I shoot a handgun lefty
    I shoot all rifles righthanded.

    AFS
     
  3. Tape

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    Righty
     
  4. DM~

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    I voted left, as that's the side i shoot from 99.9% of the time, but if needed, i can shoot from either side.

    DM
     
  5. oneounceload

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    LH for everything except scissors and old rotary phones
     
  6. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Left.

    However, the non-dominant hand has not been neglected with respects for firearms training.
     
  7. KJS

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    Right handed 100% of the time.
     
  8. Rail Driver

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    I'm right handed, and my right eye is dominant, however I train shooting both left and right handed. I'm much better with my right hand, but I'm getting there with the left.
     
  9. GEM

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    Left, but I shoot well (for me) with either hand. In fact, I broke my left wrist and carried righty for quite awhile. Took courses RH with little problem.
     
  10. Mr. Happy

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    It would be interesting to find out about cross-dominance. I have a friend who's right handed but left eyed, and he's a great shot with both handguns and rifles - but he has to shoot the rifles left handed!
     
  11. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Member

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    I'm right handed, left eye dominant. I shoot handguns righty and long guns lefty. I've had to adjust for the cross-eye dominance as I like to shoot with both of my eyes open. I just learned that I was left eye dominant. I never know before last month.
     
  12. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    I can shoot a rifle quite well left handed just not as steady as my right and handguns its getting better. I've been working on becoming ambidexterous and I've already learned to write left handed.
     
  13. MedWheeler

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    I did not vote. I am left-handed. I shoot handguns left-handed, and long guns right-handed. With handguns, I am cross-dominant.
     
  14. huntsman

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    I’m a southpaw all the way except when playing Bass, I can shoot pistol weak hand but with my master eye.
     
  15. jawn

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    I'm cross-dominant for vision and I'm right handed. I'm training gradually to become a lefty or ambidextrous shooter. It's not so much a problem with handguns as it is with rifles (I can't keep both eyes open when I shoot a rifle with my right hand).
     
  16. DNS

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    All southpaw.

    Daughter too.
     
  17. Iramo94

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    I am from a strictly right handed lineage, but I was born with a lazy right eye. :banghead: Since then my left eye has become very strong. I have no hope of shooting a rifle right handed (unless I shift my face to look with my left eye). I shoot handguns equally well with both hands, but I only use my left eye.
     
  18. mdThanatos

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    I shoot righty but like others I am cross-eye dominant. It's not a problem with handguns but for rifles I have to close my left eye. I am going to try shooting lefty when I get more time to go to the range.
     
  19. Shienhausser

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    I am a lefty but I have made an effort to practice shooting with both when I go to the range.
     
  20. ClemY

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    I am right handed and shoot with two hands right handed, but when I shoot with one hand, I am actually a little better left handed. I started practicing weak hand for IPSC and it worked.
     
  21. Retcop

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    Being a retired LEO was trained to shoot with weak or strong hand , however, I mostly shoot right handed with both eyes open
     
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  22. bergmen

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    Strong hand: right

    Weak hand: left

    I practice with strong hand mostly but also do much practice with weak hand in various holds and positions.

    My adoption of weak hand pracice came about mostly because we had an incident in town a few years ago when a Ukiah Police Officer was attacked in a parking lot by a criminal with a five shot revolver in one hand and a knife in the other. Officer was caught a bit off guard and was wounded in his right arm (strong hand). He had a junior assistant riding with him at the time, he was able to extract the officer's handgun and place it in his left (weak hand). While lying on his back he fired a few times first wounding the perp, then killing him while he was trying to pry the shotgun from the patrol car.

    Our IDPA matches have weak hand shooting as part of many scenarios and it is great practice.

    Also, in my case, I had right shoulder rotator cuff surgery about 8 months ago. I practiced weak hand shooting while my right arm was in a sling. Worked out a good, solid method for reloading a DA revolver in this situation as well as my autos.

    It's a good idea to not exlcude your weak hand in defensive handgun practice IMO.

    Dan
     
  23. Hardtarget

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    I do a few things right hand...but...shooting is left. I do practice with my right some, (not enough), but my dominant eye is left also. So left shooting is much better for me.

    Mark
     
  24. hemiram

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    Years ago, I hurt my hand when I was tossing a whackjob out of the casino I worked at and he struggled and I slammed my right hand into a steel door frame. It hurt, but not all that bad, until the next day. It turned dark purple, and hurt really badly. So I dug out the left sided holster I got with the S&W 28 I had, and carried it left side. I went to the range, and shot left handed twice, and actually didn't do all that bad. It felt very strange though. Kind of like trying to bat right handed, it just seems totally wrong!
     
  25. ClemY

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    As I recall from the FBI Miami shootout 25 yrs. ago, Platt (bad guy) apparently tried to shoot Mireles (FBI) with a .357, at close range, with his left hand after his right arm had been hit. He missed. Platt practiced shooting in the 'Glades, but apparently didn't practice weak hand. Mireles then got up, went to the window of the car and killed both Platt and Matix.
     
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