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Old 11-22-2010, 01:19 AM   #1
 
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I am a left-handed shooter,but am right eye dominant. This can cause problems when target shooting! I like to shoot from the left,but due to my eye dominance it is better to shoot from my right hand,which I feel uncomfortable with. Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:53 AM   #2
 
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I'm cross dominant as well. In my opinion, It's not that big of an issue for just target practice. I just turn my head to line up my left eye with the sights. But i'm starting to get in the habit of shooting with both eyes open which would be more appropriate in a self defense situation. Those are just my .02 cents
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If you're cross dominant, your options are limited. All of the options require practice, practice, practice, until you feel comfortable.



Your options include:
  • Turn your head to the left and use your right eye. If you shoot isosceles, you won't have to turn your head as much.
  • Learn to shoot using your right hand
  • Force yourself to use your left eye. You can start by covering your right eye.
  • Keep both eyes open

Hope this helps...
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I'm having a hard time determining which eye is my dominant eye. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-23-2010, 08:59 AM   #5
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I am monocular which means I focus with one eye first then the weak eye will follow. Always keep both eyes open. I don't shoot isosceles. I stand perfectly straight in-line with my target, relax both knee's bent and feet shoulder width apart and let'm fly.



I have also heard of a new tactical training technique were they teach you too actually relax you strong arm not locking the elbow like in the past but straightening the weak hand arm.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:58 PM   #6
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I am a left-handed shooter,but am right eye dominant. This can cause problems when target shooting! I like to shoot from the left,but due to my eye dominance it is better to shoot from my right hand,which I feel uncomfortable with. Any help would be much appreciated!


I'm the opposite, right handed but left eye dominant. With a pistol, it's not an issue for me. With a rifle, however, I just decided to become a lefty. This works pretty slick when I transition to my pistol, as I'm maneuvering the rifle sling with my left hand, I'm mid-draw with my right hand.



A Marine buddy taught me a decent rifle drill to get acquainted with both eyes. I'll try to describe it with words...

Starting in normal firing position, fire at your target.

Then, without moving from your shoulder, switch hands but do not switch eyes. Fire at target again.

Next, keeping hands in same position, switch to other shoulder and eye. Fire again.

Then again, without moving from your shoulder, switch hands but do not switch eyes. Fire at target again.

repeat...



It has worked pretty well for me. Plus, it eventually gave me an advantage to be able to come around a corner (slicing the pie) right or left, with my rifle shoulder first, rather than offering up my off shoulder and leg as a target. Granted, I'm still nowhere near as proficient with my less dominant eye, but with practice I am improving. Hope this may help you, I'm sure there are others on here with better advice (which I look forward to hearing) , but I'm sure it won't hurt. Good luck!
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A Marine buddy taught me a decent rifle drill to get acquainted with both eyes. I'll try to describe it with words...

Starting in normal firing position, fire at your target.

Then, without moving from your shoulder, switch hands but do not switch eyes. Fire at target again.

Next, keeping hands in same position, switch to other shoulder and eye. Fire again.

Then again, without moving from your shoulder, switch hands but do not switch eyes. Fire at target again.

repeat...


I like that. The more I think about it.. I like it a lot. I practiced off hand "pie-ing" but never with off hand/off shoulder engagement. If that makes any sense. When firing from the right shoulder, I use right hand. When firing from the left shoulder, I use left hand. So your method adds two steps. And IMHO adds two very GOOD steps. I'm eager to try this drill..
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I'm cross eye-dominant too, but with right hand/left eye. In dry fire, and at the indoor range, I've been taping a piece of paper towel around my right lens to block the vision, but i'm forcing myself to keep the right eye open while i aim and shoot. I've only been doing this a couple weeks, but it's slowing working. If i aim with both eyes (without the cover), i see multiple sight images, (as expected), but i'm consistently seeing the the correct one (left eye) as being the dominant image. The right eye image is slowly getting weaker and weaker. I suspect if i keep it up for another couple months that I'd have to consciously think about, and focus on it, to even notice the sight image from the right eye when both eyes are open.



The odd thing for me, is that when i grip and aim with my weak hand (left hand), the grip and aim just ...feel right. I say it's odd, because i've been a righty all my life, except i snowboard goofy foot. Hrmm. Maybe i should divide my time equally and work on both left and right handed shooting. Become a switch shooter.
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For a good way to check for eye dominance... Check the procedure I use.

www.gun-jutsu-training.com/dominant-eye
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http://www.insightfirearmstraining.c...icle-5-081.pdf

this is a great article that was published a couple years ago, hope this helps
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Right handed and left eye dominant!
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:37 AM   #12
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Same here. I even have a 'lazy eye'; not very noticable, but I do have double vision and 3D movies/glasses don't work on me....at all.

When I first started shooting, I just shot how it felt natural; right handed, close right eye, aim with left. No biggie. Now, I am really concentrating on the both eyes open method and it is working rather well.

I have no problems shooting a rifle right handed either. I do tend to close my left eye, but I have no problems hitting my target.
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I found out in basic training that even though I shoot left handed, im right eye dominant. Drill Sergeants told us to shoot with the same side that our eye dominance is, I chose to not do this, and still scored a 35 out of a possible 40 on my M16 marksmanship course. I do feel alittle more uncomfortable shooting pistol, but to counter it I just close my right eye and slowly open it once my left eye is focused, after much practice it only takes me a second or two to get my sights aligned. I dont care what anyone says, if I feel comfortable shooting lefty then im shooting lefty. BTW I did try to shoot righty in basic, I could not for the life of me control my trigger squeeze with my right hand.
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I'm having a hard time determining which eye is my dominant eye. Any suggestions?



in all seriousness, just train with both eyes open.
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I'm right handed and cross dominant as well. Now that I am of a certain age I also can't see close up, especially in dim lighting...so, my sights aren't in focus at all unless I cheat through my bifocals. My solution was both eyes open and add laser sights. Works great!
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