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Advice Blind guy needs help!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by tepper82, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. tepper82

    tepper82 Member

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    Hello there! first post this but from what i have read this is the best place to get accurate advice.

    I used to own an air rifle when i was younger (12 years old) and was in the army so have plenty experience with rifles, however 5 years ago i was blinded in my right eye and havent fired anything since so i have a couple of questions

    1, Do i need to buy a left handed air rifle?
    2, I will be hunting rabbits, vermin ect which rifle would you recommend, i have about £150 - £200ish to spend, 2nd hand is fine.

    thanks in advance for any advice

    lee
     
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    Well the best thing to do is look for ambidextrous stocks as the second hand market will primarily be right handed.;)
     
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    agree with above,theres some good second hand ones going at the moment good luck mate
     
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    cheers, will get looking now, other than on here were would be the best place to look for 2nd hand rifles? online or in the manchester/ warrington area? nice1
     
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    forgot to mention before, im blind in my right eye and im right handed!
     
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    couldnt you have a scope mounted high so you hold it right handed but look through with your left
     
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    I too have a Knackered right eye.I had to learn to shoot left handed,believe me it is the only way to do it !!!! You wont be able to get the proper eye relief when using a scope.Seems daunting,but you soon get used to it :up:
     
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    cheers mate, encouraging to hear from someone in the same situation. does left handed shooting feel totally natural for you now or would you prefer to shoot right handed if you could?
     
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    Blind right eye

    Hi mate im also blind in my right eye through diabetes, and im right handed i lost my sight in my eye 18 years ago and cant shoot left handed so i use all my rifles with high mounts and i usually have a set of theoben plastic raiser blocks under the scope aswell then ive set them all up so i can see through the scope perfectly with my left eye and this works pefect i can shoot as good as anybody else and ive been shooting this way for the past 18 years, have a look at my album of the pics of my rifles and you will see the rifles that have high cheek pieces have got the theoben blocks under the scope, but if you get a rifle with a low cheek piece i just use a set of high mounts and thats fine, hope this helps, cheers Andy
     
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    HW80

    I would recommend you get a HW80 as the cheek piece isnt to high and you would probably get away with using a scope and a set of high mounts with comfort, and they are very powerfull and accurate for vermin shooting, if you need any further help with anything send me a pm and ill help you out in any way i can, ATB Andy
     
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    When i was in Australia ; i got to shoot some real weapons on a range . A .22 ruger scoped rifle, a .22 pistol, a glock 34(a match version of a glock 17) and Dirty Harrys favourite - the 44 magnum .
    Anyway the guy who instructed me was blind in his right eye and could shoot perfectly with with the scoped ruger and with every other weapon . So dont give in whatever you do !
    By the way the recoil on the 44 was incredible ! it hurt your hands to shoot it.
     
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    If I had the choice I think I would rather shoot right handed,but believe me once you get used to it,it's like second nature.Its a lot better than trying to crane your neck round to look through a scope.

    Get yourself an Air Arms 410 and I will swop you a left hand stock :D:D:D
     
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    Hi steve like i said on page 1 i shoot right handed but have to use my left eye, but when the rifle is set up right its as comfortable to use as if i was using my right eye to shoot, i dont have to crane my neck to see through the scope because once its setup correctly your left eye just lines up nicely with the scope ;) but what ever suits the particular person at the end of the day if youve lost sight in an eye you have to adapt whether it means shooting left handed or using high mounts and looking through your left eye at least were still shooting:) atb Andy
     
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    What Steve says is good advice, he was always right handed and now shoots left handed because of his accident. He learned really well and is a really good shot, you soon get the hang of it :):up:
     
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    EYE agree..... what ever you feel more comfortable with :)
     
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    Cheers guys, top advice, just wanna mention that airgunner177 has invited me to shoot his adapted rifles to get a feel for it and to give me advice, i was just expecting a little advice but instead got a massive confidence boost towards shooting by speaking to people with the same condition and a fantastic offer to try adapted rifles (something i wouldnt even be able to do in most gun dealers) excellent forum and even better members, top forum well impressed!:D:D:D:D
     
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    Thank you mate,and good luck to you :)
     
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    You could buy an HW98 and take out the cheel piece,this leaves a dip in the stock so you can get your head right over in order to see through the scope.I've seen it done,but with a modified stock that worked in the same principle.

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