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bayoudude
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Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
While introducing my young son’s to shooting; I noticed my middle son (7yrs old) always aims with his left eye but wants to hold the weapon right handed. I have been getting him to shoot left handed but was curious if I am missing something.


NASA_ISS_Tiger
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Huntsville, Al via Sulphur, LA
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I am. Right handed and left eye dominant. It can suck sometimes.


Cowboyfan89
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I'm left-handed and right eye dominant.

I've always shot guns right-handed (that's how I was taught), but learned to shoot a bow left-handed (because it was given to me).

I think anyone can learn to shoot with an off hand if taught early enough.

But I also don't think it matters that much. How many people do you think are walking around shooting a left-handed rifle because they are left eye dominant? Right-handed guns are far more available (I've never owned a left handed gun).

I think being comfortable is more important than shooting with your dominant eye.


keakar
Member since Jan 2017
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
get him an eye patch to wear, it takes a little time but he will correct this if he wants to. eye dominance is a learned habit that can be changed.

i am right handed and left eye dominant and the eye patch thing allowed be to use both eyes equally when shooting.

its a muscle memory thing, he can start by learning to hold his left eye shut, that is the first step and it takes a bit of time to teach your body to react to a movement its not used to
This post was edited on 11/6 at 10:48 am


jdavid1
Member since Jan 2014
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
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I'm left-handed and right eye dominant.


Me too. I've always shot right handed, but I can shoot left handed pretty well too.


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geaux7122
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I do everything right handed, but shoot left handed. I've been shooting left handed for so long it feels odd shooting a gun right handed.


Cowboyfan89
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
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get him an eye patch to wear, it takes a little time but he will correct this if he wants to. eye dominance is a learned habit that can be changed.

i am right handed and left eye dominant and the eye patch thing allowed be to use both eyes equally when shooting.

its a muscle memory thing, he can start by learning to hold his left eye shut, that is the first step and it takes a bit of time to teach your body to react to a movement its not used to


This is precisely how I learned to shoot my bow. Took me all of 3 days to reteach my muscles to close my right eye independent of my left eye.

Now I can shoot with both eyes open, or my left or right eye closed.


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Wtodd
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Tampa, FL
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
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I am. Right handed and left eye dominant. It can suck sometimes

Me too....helps in baseball and golf.

For shooting switch to left-handed.....seriously


FelicianaTigerfan
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I am. Shoot with my right eye. Maybe that’s why I miss a lot


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cajun12
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
My son is this way....shoots his rifle left handed, shoots his bow right handed with an eye patch because he’s stronger right handed. He’s all jacked up, but he gets it done


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NASA_ISS_Tiger
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Huntsville, Al via Sulphur, LA
Member since Sep 2005
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I do whenever powder burn is not an issue (I can't shoot my AR left handed or my shotgun).

Also, I find shooting pool left handed can be beneficial as well. For some reason I'm steadier with my left than my right..and I'm extremely right handed....but not so much with shooting or shooting pool. Weird how that works.


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Polar Pop
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Member since Feb 2012
10117 posts

re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I have this problem, right handed but left eye dominant.

Is closing the left eye while shooting equivalent to using an eye patch over it?

I have been closing my left eye for 20 years, I cant hit shite but is that a decent correction or should I be doing something else?

I tried to shoot left handed last year and I looked like a 3 year old trying to hit a flying target.


Cowboyfan89
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Member since Sep 2015
6012 posts

re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I assume most people are talking about rifles or something with all this talk of missing.

If you're missing a lot with a shotgun, it has nothing to do with your eye dominance. You're just a crappy shot.


ChatRabbit77
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
Learn to shoot ambidextrously. I am right handed and right eyed dominant but I practice left handed left eye all the time. It is hard to get used to and takes a ton of practice though. Make certain he does a ton of dry firing and stuff like that.
This post was edited on 11/6 at 1:04 pm


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Polar Pop
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
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If you're missing a lot with a shotgun, it has nothing to do with your eye dominance. You're just a crappy shot.


I accept that but Im just trying to see if there is anything I can do to make myself feel better


Cowboyfan89
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
Practice. And don't aim a shotgun (unless shooting at a deer or turkey). Too many people try to aim at a moving target. You don't aim at moving targets. You lead them.

I have been shotgunning right-handed all my life. But I shoot with both eyes open too. I don't feel the need to shoot with one eye closed.

Are you comfortable shooting the way you do now? If not, then maybe you need to make a change. If your technique is bad because you aren't comfortable with the way you are shooting, you aren't going to shoot well.


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A_bear
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I'm one of those people that is totally against making someone shoot with their off hand to match their "dominant" eye. I'm left handed and my "dominant" eye is my right eye. I think it's a croc of shite though. Just because I see something through the triangle in my hand with my right eye, doesn't make it superior to me. I learned how to close my left and right eye seperate from each other at an early age because I wanted to be able to shoot with both hands. I'm not very good right handed but I'm pretty damn good with my left hand and "non-dominant" eye.


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m2pro
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
With sidearm, my right hand pointer finger pulls trigger for support. Feels natural as rain for me. With rifles, I shoot left hand on grip and right arm supporting rifle. 100% natural feel as well.

I'm not a technical guy, but throw my two cents in on having him learn it all the same way.


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ZacAttack
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The Land Mass
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
I suffer from this affliction too. I shoot everything right handed except shotguns. I’m drastically better shooting a shotgun left handed.


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cgrand
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re: Anyone right handed and left eye dominant?
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I do everything right handed, but shoot left handed. I've been shooting left handed for so long it feels odd shooting a gun right handed.

me too
for me its because i can only correct to 20/60 in my right eye


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