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Old 06-19-2017, 09:55 AM   #1
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Right handed, but left eye dominant?!

OK, newbie here - late comer to the gun world.


My dominant hand is the right hand, but I am left eye dominant. I shoot fine with this on my pistols but recently go my first AR - Sig M400 Elite. When I dry fire my rifle, it seems to be more problematic with my cross eye dominance than with my pistol.

When I tried to cross over to left hand shooting on my AR, it seems to be a little easier to do and I am contemplating on shooting left handed on the rifle but I did try switching on my pistol but it seems a lot more difficult to switch over on that?!

Yes, growing up I wrote left handed but my parents forced me to switch writing right handed!

So, how best should I resolve this quandary?
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:03 AM   #2
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Your issue is not at all uncommon. I'm the same way.

I tried shooting long guns left handed, and it just doesn't work as efficiently. 44 years of right handed muscle memory is tough to overcome. I find it simpler just to close my left (dominant) eye, when shooting long guns. My right eye aims through scopes and iron sights just fine.

The only thing that doesn't work is the Bindon Aiming Concept, like on the ACOG reticles. For some reason I can shoot both eyes open just fine with a red dot and no magnification, but once even very low powered magnification comes into play I have to close my left eye. I know a lot of people have gone to shooting long guns left handed and pistols right handed, but to me it just feels way less intuitive. My check weld takes longer and is less natural, magazine changes are slower, etc.

Long story short, I see no problem with closing the dominant eye during rifle/ shotgun/ subgun firing. So it limits my overall view for the fractions of a second I'm actually on target...I can live with that. It makes way more sense to me than trying to fight decades of right handed fine motor coordination.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:07 AM   #3
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I'm right handed and left eye dominant. I have recently started to shoot left handed with my P320. Switched the mag releases on all my grips. It takes awhile to get used to.

As for rifles, I only have 2 22LRs that I also shoot lefty.
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I am in the same situation and when I am getting a rifle for ME, it is left handed. I built an AR with all ambi controls and added a Stag Arms left handed upper so the brass doesn't eject across my face. Just bought a left handed Savage 10 for taking a dip into long range shooting. If I am going to be in a 2 day class in the prone position all day, I am going to be comfortable. I CAN shoot a rifle right handed as evidenced a few weekends ago when I was helping my F-i-L sight in his new bolt gun. I do okay, but prefer to shoot rifle left. I can shoot pistol left handed, but it is obviously my "weak" hand.
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I am right handed, left eye required. I shoot rifles left handed and pistols right. No problems
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A guy on YouTube shoots right handed and sights with left eye. Nutnfancy I believe.
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Asked an instructor about this once. He just said, "Close your left eye. Now which eye is dominant?" Works for me.
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Right handed left eye dominate here. I shoot with either eye just fine but concentrate on shooting with both eyes open for better situational awareness.
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Technically I am left eye dominant and, I suppose, right handed (at least that's the hand I sign my name with).
In reality I am ambidextrous and easily shoot equally well with either hand and eye.
Generally shoot long guns right handed/right eye. But can shoot left handed/left eye about as equally well - just far more experience right/right so more comfortable.
Handguns I generally shoot about half and half right/left eye and right/right eye. When I do shoot left I primarily go left/left.
There's no appreciable difference in my groupings shooting right/right eye or right/left eye. Again, because I have more experience shooting right/right I'm more comfortable and confident shooting that way. In rapid drills (i.e. reaction shooting) I go right/right although generally with both eyes open.
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Right hand/left eye dominate here. I tilt my head for pistols using my left eye and squint (not close) my left eye shooting with right eye with long guns.
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I am also right handed and left eye dominant and am pseudo ambidextrous. I can pound nails with either hand but am more accurate with my right and stronger with my left. I throw and kick leftie but wouldn't dream of trying to write left handed. When I got back into pistols after may years away I tried shooting left handed but was never comfortable with that. I shoot with both eyes open and shoot pistols right handed and rifles left handed. It's easy enough for an instructor to tell you to just close your left eye, but I prefer to keep both eyes open and dance with what brung me.
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So you realize you are in broad company, I also have the same "issue" as you.

I shoot right handed with the pistols and though I can see through optics much clearer with my left eye, I cannot function the rifles to my satisfaction left handed so I just squint my left eye while rifling.

No worries.
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