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Left Or Right Handed??

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dave Hopper, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Patrick

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    Check to see if you have a master/dominant eye and if you have shoot from the same shoulder as that. No problem if your dominant/master eye is on the same side as the shoulder you shoot from but if it's on the opposite shoulder to which you normally shoot from then it can cause problems. If your master eye is the opposite one to the shoulder you shoot from e.g you shoot right handed but your left eye is you master/dominant eye then you have basically two choices i.e either shoot left handed or close your left eye.
    I shoot left handed because i'm a naturally left handed but my dominant eye is my right eye so i close my right eye.
    Obviously if you normally shoot with one closed then you can shoot from either shoulder,which ever one you feel most comfortable with providing the eye on that side has good enough vision and you close the opposite eye because eye dominance is then negated
    I suppose i should learn to master shooting right handed as not only is my right eye my master/dominant eye the vision is slightly better in that eye than my left eye but shouldering and shooting a gun from my right shoulder feels very unnatural.
    No doubt if i was to persevere i'd master it in the end.
     
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    Indeed.. I find that when shooting from the right shoulder my stance is considerably different to when shooting from the left as I've got a lot less flexibility on the less-used side, and often get a lot of muscular pain / aching the next day as a result :(
     
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    I couldn't t hit the ground with my Stetson left handed... Let alone shoot southpaw.

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    To be fair pointing a scoped, bipod mounted air rifle at a range of 10m barely qualifies as any great skill on my behalf, whichever orientation I'm shooting.
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    And it gets exponentially worse with age... :oops:
     
  6. Patrick

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    As i said in my previous post it doesn't matter which shoulder you shoot from if you shoot with the other eye closed and providing you have sufficient vision in the eye you're using. it just a matter of which side/shoulder feels the most comfortable/natural.
    But if you have a master/dominant eye and you shoot with both eyes open then shooting from the opposite shoulder to you master eye can or will cause problems i.e inaccuracy. I know from personal experience particularly with a shot gun and a moving target (clays)
     
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    [QUOTE="Dave Hopper, post: 2594558, member: 5111]...when training in martial arts, I was taught to work both sides of body.[/QUOTE]
    And using both eyes is good too. I'm right handed, naturally dominant left eye, but I've always shot right handed, both eyes open, including shotguns. You do get used to switching from eye to eye and it's a definite advantage hunting as you can follow your quarry with your free eye.
     
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    Thanks - something else to look forward to then!

    I'm sure yoga with the Mrs would help immensely in this regard; sadly as much as I'd like to I simply can't quite be arsed..
     
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    Ah but Cloverleaf, attending a yoga class has MANY benefits.
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    Shooting to your dominant eye works for some folk and not for others. I shoot rifle left handed as it suits my build better, I'm not symmetrical about the vertical axis any more, might have been at one time but not now. I'm right eye dominant. I find it's best to keep both eyes open and either mask the other eye or train yourself to ignore it.

    Three of the young people I have in this term's contingent (of nine) are left eye dominant, one is also left handed and the other two are right handed. They all find it easier to shoot a rifle left handed, and they certainly look more natural and comfortable in that position. The girl is new to shooting this year and is already very proficient.
     
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    How you learned has an awful lot to do with it, the thing is, back in the day everything was made for right handed people so that's why it was drilled into everyone from an early age to use their right hand for everything...

    Everything stuff like driving, guitars, golf, shooting are all right hand dominated...

    You don't get left handed chainsaws, every car in this country (unless imported) is right hand drive etc etc...
     
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    Funny thing, I can't shoot left handed, yet I bat, golf & ride RODEO stock... Left handed... go figure.

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    There's always one... :rolleyes:

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    My dad is right handed but left eye dominant. He shoots right handed, so seeing him shoot is like watching a contortionism act. He seems to be able to shoot some of my rifles reasonably well, but just cannot use others.
     
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    That's why I taught myself to shoot as a leftie.
    Only takes about a year.

    I still pick up rifles right handed and then remember.

    I also have to avoid buying a nice RH gun now and again!
     
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    Two actually ,i'm a naturally left handed in everything i do except two things in cricket if i was to play the game i hold a cricket bat the same as a right handed person and it's the same with golf i'm right handed in golf. Using a snooker cue or tennis racquet then i use my left hand.
     
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    Likewise. But I can play snooker or pool equally badly with left and right hand, play darts left hand, deal cards left hand, bowl left or right hand equally, golf right hand, cricket bat right hand bowl left hand, tennis right hand, rifle left hand, pistol right hand. Write, right hand.
     
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    Snooker cue ? -Good on ya mate! There's very few folks ( I've met) who have a clue... Nickel a point ?

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    Can still remember getting whacked with a ruler to force me to write right handed as Rich says, but mainly use the left but have no issues shooting right, HW100 for example.
     

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