shooting right hand dominant, left eye dominant

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  1. Vista123

    Vista123 Member

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    If you are right hand dominant, but left eye dominant how does that impact your shooting?


    Mod-please move this to a different section if I am posting this in the wrong category.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm 99% sure this is more "off topic" than "news".
     
  3. USMCGrunt

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    You won't hit where you are aiming. You will hit high and to the left.

    For long guns (rifle, shotgun) most instructors will have the shooter use the dominant eye and shoulder the weapon on that side (firing with the non-dominant hand).

    For hand guns there are workarounds and techniques if you don't want to use the non-dominant hand. But my experience is that instructors teach shooters to use the dominant eye and non-dominant hand.
     
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    i couldn't decide---i thought perhaps off topic was for something completely unrelated to military---feel free to move this.
     
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    is this as hard as it sounds?
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I went to my high school buddy's wedding a number of years ago. He and most of the wedding party were Army officers and the bachelor party was shooting shotguns on a range (fun stuff). I assumed, being Army guys, they were all good with the shot gun. HAHAHA, NOPE! The reason they gave me "we use shotguns to breach doors."
     
  7. USMCGrunt

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    With enough instruction, everyone can be taught to shoot competently. That said, I think it depends upon the military branch and its focus on marksmanship. In the Marines, the vast majority of Marines were taught to shoot quite well - I have no idea how many were cross-dominant but statistically there had to be some.

    Heck, I look at keyboard players or more appropriately, today's game system players, and can't see how they can use each hand doing differently things simultaneously and figure there is no way I could do that. Yet they all seem to.

    Training, experience, and practice help improve one's competence whether firearms, piano's or game systems.
     
  8. MedB

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    If this is for personal/civilian world, you might also consider retro/holographic type sights so you can go with two eyes open.

    If it's for the military.... practice, practice, practice (good advice in any case).
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    It also depends on the firearm.

    When I joined the Coast Guard we qualified pistol on M-9s (Beretta 9mm). After I graduated, we switched (state-side, the guys in the North Arabian Gulf still used the NATO round M-9) to the Sig 40. The two feel VERY different, and switching wasn't easy for everyone. The magazine, the recoil, even the lack of a safety took a bit to get use to.

    And then there's my S&W 500 Magnum.... which hurts to shoot.... but also throws a pretty big round out there... Why did I bring up my wheel gun? Well, because wheel guns rule! :wink:
     
  10. Zaphod

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    Little-known pic of LITS in action.

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    :biggrin:

    For me? A pistol is what I use to fight my way back to the rifle I should have never put down in the first place...
     
  11. Zaphod

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    This.

    With practice, anything can be mastered. Just don't try to get a cheek weld using your left eye to aim if shooting right-handed...
     

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