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Wrong hand, wrong eye!

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by Squirrel Sniper, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Squirrel Sniper

    Squirrel Sniper Engaging Member

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    Hi All,

    Just went for a shoot and popped in to see the brilliant people at Sporting Targets. They know their stuff and are brilliantly friendly too.

    Turns out that I have assumed I am right handed and have been shooting this way for a few months now. It works out, I should probably have a bit of 'left' in me when I shoot. Massively left eye dominant too. Whoopsie!

    I've booked myself and the other half in for some lessons there and I'm wondering if you would all choose to learn again shooting left handed, or would you try to compensate and still shoot right handed? Any experience of this, I'm all ears!

    So, do I start from scratch and play backhanded or keep as I am and try to overcome my errors.....
     
  2. JD

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    So you've done the test of holding your arm out at full length, sticking your thumb up and covering a object some distance from you ?
     
  3. terry1001

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    The 'master eye' issue isn't so much of an issue when you're using a scope, it mainly applies to shotguns. If you are getting on ok as you are it's probably easier to stick with it. If you are definitely strongly left handed that could be different but then you would start needing a proper, left hand stock and action and there's not so many of those about.
     
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    Hi, lots of people shoot with left dominant eye closed or with glasses with the left lens blanked out and still shoot off the right shoulder, my son has allways shot like this with no probs
    Hope this helps
     
  5. Squirrel Sniper

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    Thanks all.

    I have done the eye dominance test and I'm all about the left eye. "Massively" left eye dominant has crept into conversation......

    I'm doing OK right shoulder mounting, but as I am only getting started, I thought I might be early enough in to it to be able to learn left shoulder.

    I close my left eye when shooting a shotgun at the moment, but wonder if (and I might be being a bit crazynuts here) I should be closing my left for a rifle and scope (different stance/position/aim/shot) compared to being open-eyed and left shoulder mount for a shotgun. I would definitely be able to distinguish between both disciplines.....

    Questions questions.......
     
  6. lone wolf

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    Well I'm a lefty and shot left handed for years before I joined the army and had to then shoot right handed and I got used to it to the point where it became natural, I did however shoot my L96 left handed and my sa80 right handed like I said it became natural and it didn't affect my accuracy so id just go with what's comfy for you and gives The best results :)
     
  7. Squirrel Sniper

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    Cheers people.

    Looks like I'll give it all a go. I've got six lessons booked in, so should be OK to give the first couple a go with my left.

    Could be interesting! i might sell tickets for the show.........more of a comedy than an action adventure.....!
     
  8. Tailormadefun

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    The real question is can you you shoot left handed, if you can't then you will have to try the shooting glasses with a dot obscuring your sight enough to allow your right eye to take over, I too am left eye dominant but I just can't shoot off my left shoulder, and that's good otherwise my guns would have been much more expensive and my second hand choice would have been severely limited

    TMF
     
  9. Yeti66

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    I am right handed but with virtually no realistic vision in my right eye. I've just got used to shooting left handed, it's fine on a rest or kneeling but I do struggle from a standing position.
     
  10. Happy Hippo

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    I'm left handed with left eye dominance, but I was taught to shoot right handed when I was in the army simply because my personal weapon at the time was the Sterling 9mm SMG.

    If you fired it left handed you ended up with a face full of hot brass from the ejector port.

    Shooting the old SLR, I was able to revert to my left hand, but pretty quickly found that as far as shooting was concerned I'd become ambidextrous, which was great when having to shoot from behind cover.

    I used to shoot air rifles with either eye and hand, good skill to keep up, but since I was diagnosed with a cataract in my left eye, I shoot from the right shoulder only.

    Regards

    Richard
     
  11. Squirrel Sniper

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    Thanks gents,

    I'll keep you posted on any progress/calamity that comes about from my attempt at ambidextrousness.

    Should be a laugh!
     
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    Hi there if nothing else works for you have a look at a crossover stock. They are not pretty but do the job.
    A friend of mine lost his right eye in an accident and could not adapt to shooting left handed so he managed to find a crossover side by side and learned to shoot the gun off his right shoulder using his left eye.

    [​IMG]
     
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    You could of course do the obvious and close your left eye when you shoot.

    Simples:)
     
  14. Squirrel Sniper

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    Cheers again all.

    I am liking the idea of 'going southpaw' with the shotgun. Apparently my stance right handed is very 'rifle' and by closing my left eye, I lose a lot of perspective and volume of sky. If I can go alternative with a shotgun, and it is a big if, but I think I should be able to train myself to differentiate between rifles and shotguns simply by which foot is forward.

    Here's to hoping eh!

    Thanks again,
     
  15. r10hunter

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    You could have some fun with one of those, " don't bother bringing your gun you can shoot with mine" LOL

    Good luck trying to shoot left handed, I think I would break my neck if I tried.
    Cheers Andy
     
  16. Tailormadefun

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    trying to shoot left handed is really difficult, I tried but ended up just squinting or using the dot trick so I could shoot off my right, it worked for the british army for 70 years! or you could learn to trick shot off the hip?

    plus unless you lay out lots of dough when you use a SA or pump the cartridge will eject across your face
     
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    LOL,why did this happen?
     
  18. Yeti66

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    I've had a complete change of tack regarding this. My left handed attempts were adequate but not comfortable. I was using an ambidextrous stock so ended up chopping and changing and not achieving a reliable position. I've now bitten the bullet and changed to a dedicated right hand stock with a more powerful scope. I struggled a bit, I could see the crosshairs and the target but couldn't make out the mill dots. A cheap pair of off the shelf reading glasses has done the trick. More than adequate vision and a comfortable position back.
     
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    I too am left eye dominant and right handed, I shoot from the right shoulder and with practice have learnt to compensate and try never to listen to "general" advice from people as they shoot completely the other way round. It's a pain but thinking about it makes you try harder and that's what cocked me up - thinking too much about it.

    Best advice from me would be to read up about it, (there is lots but the "easyhit" site is probably the best, something you might want to look into, they are worth a punt but i took mine off after i felt the eye was trained) learn where you need to point on the clay, draw it on some paper and take a picture, then everytime you go the clays you can have a look before you start and know for sure which side of the clay you should go (generally the opposite from your friends) Which stops you thinking about it and you may enjoy it more

    My percentage isn't great by any standards but it's sure increased since I did the above

    Stick at it and good luck which ever you go with it :)
     
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    I learnt to shoot left handed, brother in law taught me how to safely unload over and under with some snap caps, been shooting left handed for 20 years now ! Finally managed to afford a left handed adjustable Browning B525 laminate stock too
     

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