MemberDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
I’m a filthy casual shooter, left handed, but right eye dominant, which is find when i shoot hand guns, but gets awkward when i shoot rifles. Would i be better off training my right hand until i’ m ambidextrous? I’ve tried sighting down with my left eye and it just doesn’t want to focus. Should i keep aiming with my left eye, or should i relearn to shooters right handed?
KuzkuladaemonGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
Learn it all. If you cant, dont force it unless it’s just not possible. A friend of mine has a defect in his eye socket, he shoots lefty but has a problem sighting with either eye solo, so hes been practicing both open and now drills nice holes.
You never know what situation you’ll be in, so you might as well play around with it.
DodgeMan68GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
I have the opposite problem. Right handed but left eye dominant. I shoot handguns right but long guns left. I’ve been shooting for 45 years now and trying to retrain myself. Everything you can shoot right handed will be a benefit.
KorgOgresonGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
I am in the same boat. Left eye dominant, and ambidextrous. I have found that I do best shooting rifle left handed, so that I can use my dominant eye, and pistol and shotgun right handed, because the controls favor right handed operation. You will probably be better off with right handed rifle and shotgun, and left handed pistol, since you are left handed.
TheDannestDanGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
I’m the opposite, right handed but left eye dominant. It’s why I prefer red dots over magnified optics. Basically at close range, both eyes open is fine. At medium range it helps to squint my dominant eye a bit. At long range, I have to switch to my non-dominant hand which is why I always shot lefty to qualify with my carbine in the Army. Probably could have made the 300m shots with my right, but it would have taken much longer to acquire the pop-up target.
I usually switch hands between mags at the range to train both, while getting annoyed that I’m slightly worse when I’m more comfortable.
And just like you, handguns are great because we can use both our dominant hands and eyes.
IlovemakingbombsGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
Well lets put it this way. You’ve got zero training so far. You’ll be slightly at a deficit if you train with the hand you’re not “main” in, but you get to speed far quicker by sticking to one hand than trying to train both.
I used to be left eye dominant until I kept training and now I cant keep from being right eye dom. Its actually kind of irritating, like i lost the ability. studies show that trying to train ambidextrously actually makes your overall ability plateau at a lower level.
Whatever you decide, stick to it. IF you want to switch, switch and you might be able to convert some of that skill and get back to top level quickly, but you can’t try to do both sides unless you’ve got a genius brain which can actually perform that function, e.g. some kind of mechanical autism.
JesusfuckthisnameGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
Learn both, red dots help when using your non dominant eye
koolkidnameGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
We had a guy like you in my basic training class, seeing how horrible of a shot he was on a simulator was hilarious- he’d shoot good one set, then completely miss the next several shots. When it was finally figured out that he was weird like you they had him shoot left handed, he shot pretty good after he got used to it and gained dexterity in his left hand. Go with your non domi ant hand and dominant eye
OneshoeleroyGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
Use your good eye. It’s easier to gain coordination in your off hand than eyesight in your off eye. I’m left eye dominant and right handed. I shoot rifles left handed, an with handguns, I just cant pistols to the left for the sight picture. It’s easier to pick up than you expect
yeehawpardGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 10:40 am
If i were you, i would learn to shoot primarily right handed. I am left handed and left eye dominant, and my eye dominance is strong than my left handedness that i can handle guns perfectly find righthanded but using the sights causes problems. If my left eye is covered, i can shoot right handed with zero issues