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Left eye dominant right handed

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jungle, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. jungle

    jungle Engaging Member

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    As my SGC is sorted and I'm just awaiting the cert to come spent some time at the gun shop looking at guns. After a bit of a chat I have found out I'm left eye dominant. This has totally blown my mind as I'm right handed for everything.

    He suggested I start shooting right handed m. Which is not going to happen or wear a patch over my left eye wen shooting?

    Any one else experienced this? Don't know what to do :-(
     
  2. jps norton

    jps norton One Hit Wonder

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    Same here with being right handed and left eye dominant.

    I did try practise shooting with a pair of clear lens safety glasses and a piece of tape covering my left eye on the lens of the safety glasses at some clays.

    It did help but to be honest I just shoot normally and I seem to do pretty well.

    Maybe try shooting with both eyes open (that's what I do).

    Don't worry about it, your shooting style will adapt to suit :up:
     
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    This is the advice I was looking for, the thought of shooting left handed just totally puts me off.

    Iv used shotguns many times and never really had a problem, it does make me think would shooting left make my accuracy better :-/
     
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    jps norton One Hit Wonder

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    I think shooting left handed may feel very awkward for you especially as you`ve shot many times right handed.
    Don`t make a problem out of something that`s not bothered you before you knew about your left eye dominance.

    Practice and getting to use your new shotgun will make your accuracy better ;) not changing your stance
     
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    Yeah deffo staying as I am. Thanks for the advice jps norton
     
  6. Ganton Gunner

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    it's called cross lateral its a form of Ambidexterity so stop complaining it just means your special :D
     
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    p.s. a good technique is to try with a eye patch trust me it works and helps your weaker eye become more dominant there is different levels off being cross lateral my version is incredibly close to being fully Ambidextrous but not quite :( can still play darts and pool etc left or right handed I always used to skateboarded left handed and normally write right handed and my punctuation is poor cos I never know which hand to use for it :D

    p.s. I always shoot right handed but I am left eye dominant
     
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    When I was in my late teens I found out I had left eye dominance and was shooting right handed.I was clay shooting and was ok,nothing mind blowing.I decided to change to shoot left handed and thought omg this will he so hard after shooting for quite a few years r/h but it wasn't,a lot of practice at clays l/h and my scores climbed and I started winning competitions.now shooting l/h is so natural even tho I am right handed for everything,one thing I noticed at the British shooting show was the amount of different gadgets for people with left eye dominance,I did think Damn if those things had been available 20 years ago I needn't of changed to l/h.it might be worth googling to see what it throws up.
     
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    I'm left eye dominant and right handed. I've bought the red eye kit, magnetic dots to go on your shooting glasses. Not shot with them yet but practicing mounting at home and it certainly makes a difference on what I'm looking at.
     
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    Why dont any of you get glasses for your weak eye just like for reading or wont that help.
     
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    Eye dominance is not the same as weak or strong eye. I'm ambi at lots of things luckily, but I am strongly left handed with a rifle. My left eye has better acuity than the right eye, but I am right eye dominant.

    I shoot FT with a high mag scope to the left eye, and can just manage to do that with both eyes open. I shoot indoors paper punching and again I have taught myself to keep both eyes open. If you keep one shut, oddly they both tire. I shoot pistols right handed.
     
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    If you're left eye dominant but right handed surely he suggested you shoot left handed not right handed.If you can't or wont shoot l/handed you'll have to cover or close your left eye or if you shoot with both eyes open you may have to accept the fact you might miss a few more targets,you'll have to see how goes. I think years ago the used to do cross over stocks for this problem.I am L/handed but right eye dominant but I only shoot an air rifle now so just close my right eye
     
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    There are a fewthings you can try. I've heard an shooting instructor friend of mine talk aboutit. My eye dominance changes. Time of day, how tired I am and if I'm hangover! Youcould try one of those fluorescent beads which catches your right eye and makesit the dominate one while looking down the barrel, another method he advised wasreading a chapter of a book or the paper each night with a smeared lens overyour left eye not a patch. It trains your right eye to take the lead.
     
  14. valboskie

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    I am also right handed but left eye dominant.
    I was told I should teach myself to shoot left handed.
    I always shoot with my left eye closed but in the last few weeks I have tried with both open
    I just can't do it my left eye goes Into better focus .
    If I shoot left handed I get a perfect sight picture so I'm struggling with what to do.
    Shooting left handed is very awkward
    Cheers
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    Loads of advice here fair play. A lot of people in the same boat.

    I think I'm going to stick shooting right handed and try shutting the left eye see how that goes.

    If that fails I'm just going to carry on doing what I have done.

    Deffo ain't buying a left hand rifle and can not see the glasses or shutting my eye working purely because ill just forget and don't have enough time to try alot of the other methods mentioned.

    Seeing a gun maker next weekend and looking at fitting me to a new shotgun see what advice he has on offer. (Properly tell me to go left hand)
     
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    I'm the same, I just shut one eye, I've tried left handed shotguns and I just can't do it, it's really annoying as my brother is ambidextrous, my father is beyond that, he sits writing, picks up his coffee and carries on with the other hand! I imagine that's why he was such a good surgeon.....
     
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    My brother fitted an pigs ear [ rubber scope eye piece, that sorted him in about a week,,Dave
     
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    Same here. OK for rifles but crap for clay pigeons. I either have to close the left eye which is fine except for when a clay comes from the left and then you don't see it because your nose is in the way so tend to use both eyes and then shut the left once on the clay and aim using the right. The best bit is it gives me a wonderful excuse for being such a hopeless clay shooter . Dark clouds and silver linings and all that.........................:)
     
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    On a shotgun?
     

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