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Old August 18th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #1
 
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Cross dominant shooting

I am right handed but left eye dominant. Years ago while in the military a very "patient" and "understanding" DI told me, "Your left-handed from now on. If I see you doing anything with your right hand, you'll lose it." LOL, it worked. I can shoot left-handed pretty well to this day.

I am curios to see what other cross dominant shooters do (for handguns). Do you switch to your non-dominant hand? Or use your dominant hand and move your head or handgun to line up the sights with your dominant eye? Me personally, I am comfortable using my left hand. Interested to see what others have done. (I am not looking for advice, I just think this would be an interesting topic for a new shooters to read if they come across it.) Thanks for your time, Frank.



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Old August 18th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #2
 
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I shoot long guns left handed but when shooting handguns, I shoot right handed and just bring it in front of my left eye. I can't shoot rifles/shotguns right handed worth a darn ever since I switched over to lefty when I was around nine.
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I am right handed, left eye dominant. I never could learn to shoot left handed, (Marine Corps DI's were not so "patient and understanding").

When shooting handguns I just turn my head slightly to the right, I have to close my left eye when shooting rifles and shotguns.
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I'm cross eyed dominant - right handed but left eye dominant. It plays hell with my shotgun shooting; I do okay with rifles shooting with my right eye; I can switch back and forth between my left eye and my right eye when shooting pistols with iron sights. I'd say it is more or less a non-factor for my pistol shooting and only a slight issue for rifles. Has always been a pain in the butt, though, for shotgunning.
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I am right handed and left eye dominant. I shoot long guns left handed and handguns right handed and aim with my left (dominant eye) works for me.
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I'm cross eyed dominant - right handed but left eye dominant. It plays hell with my shotgun shooting; I do okay with rifles shooting with my right eye; I can switch back and forth between my left eye and my right eye when shooting pistols with iron sights. I'd say it is more or less a non-factor for my pistol shooting and only a slight issue for rifles. Has always been a pain in the butt, though, for shotgunning.
This. Never been worth a crap with a shotgun. Really need to learn to shoot long guns lefty.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #7
 
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Left Eye dominant, ambidextrous, shoot rifles left handed, shoot pistols either/or, just move it in front of my left eye. I do tilt it to the left slightly when using my right hand. I am probably slightly more accurate with my left hand, but it's been a while since I actually did a head-to-head between both hands.
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somewhat ambidextrous. shoot handguns and long guns right-handed and am right eye dominant, but strangely, shoot a bow left-handed in spite of right eye dominance. don't know why. also shoot pool left-handed.
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I have seen a special that showed that right handers who were left eye dominant and put the gun but at their left shoulder and worked the bolt with their right hand are faster than right handers who shoot with the gun on their right shoulder. Interestingly Lee Harvey Oswald was left eye dominant.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #10
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I just shoot lefty, feels more natural to me anyways.
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I am right handed and was right eye dominant until I had cataract surgery and became left eye dominant. I cannot shoot left handed because I lost the feeling in my left hand from an injury. I shoot pistols right handed with the left eye but have to wear an eye patch or tape on safety glasses to shoot a rifle. Sights or a scope is visible through my right eye for a moment when it disappears and the left eye takes over. The cataract surgery gave me 20-25 in the right eye and 20-15 in the left
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I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
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I was left handed in the first grade but printed backwards. The solution back in the early 50's in school was to make me right handed. Now I do some things right handed and some left. I shoot right handed but my eyes can't seem to make up their mind. When I am shooting claybirds I put a small smear of chapstick on the left lense of my glasses and keep both eyes open. When shooting rifle of shotgun while hunting I squint or outright close the left eye. Handgun I tend to close the left eye more out of 50 years of habit.
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I'm left-handed and left-eye dominant, but I grew up with right-handed parents, uncles, grandfathers, etc. As a result, I learned to do most everything - except write and use cutlery - with my right hand.

Shortly after starting handgun shooting, I realized that I was bringing my right hand across in front of my left eye, which gave me a less-than-optimal grip. A few years ago, I started shooting left-handed - especially with handguns - and my speed and accuracy have increased noticeably.

What I've noticed is that when shooting bolt-action rifles (the right-handed types), I can get off a second shot much faster, since my trigger hand never has to shift position. Of course, I need to have the forend supported by something, since it's hard to keep the rifle steady with only the trigger hand.

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Interesting discussion. I am recovering form retinal surgery in my right, dominant, eye and wondering what I will need to do if the eye doesn't come all the way back. I haven't been okayed to shoot yet by the docs, but I have played around with my unloaded handguns sighting using the left eye and I'll be okay with that. Holding a rifle, aiming with the left eye feels awkward, but I'm sure I'll overcome that. I just watched a clip (forget where) but the guy was demonstrating the 77/357 shooting left and working the bolt with his right hand. That's incouraging, just need to develope trigger control. But then, maybe everything will get back to normal, and the discussion is moot.
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