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Old 03-30-2011, 11:27 AM
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From Right to Left

Hello My Friends,
Does anyone have any advice or ideas that would help me transition from a very dominant right eye and arm to left arm and eye? I was hit in Iraq which resulted in the paralysis of my right arm. I went into a semi-depressed state for a while, but I refuse to live my life taking meds and sitting in a recliner.
About 6 weeks ago, I started shooting again. Only this time, left arm and eye. I have had terrible days of frustration, as well wonderful days just scoping. One day I can get a nice tight group and others, I can't hit the target. I know that it will take much practice for the transition of dominant limbs and that is one question I wanted to bring up to all of you that have been through these situations or similar. 1) Any advice on a specific way to practice that might help, and 2) What rifle would yall suggest for me to use that is economical yet fairly accuarate at 100-250yds. My range is set up out to 250yds, but I have not made it there. I will though!
Thank you all for any pointers that might keep me from starting bad habits as I re-learn or ideas that might help get set up right with the right equipment.
Again, thank you for letting me into the forum and any pointers that you might have. If not, it would be great to meet some True Americans that are dedicated to making sure that we have and keep our rights. God Bless.
Respectfully, Josh Kelly
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:39 AM
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Re: From Right to Left

I have sorta similar problem in Trap shooting. I'm right handed but left eye dominant. What I do is shoot with both eyes open and a piece of tape on my shooting glasses covering the left eye and makes my right eye take over. Seems to help me, but I do understand this is rifle not shotgun sorry
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:24 PM
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Hello My Friends,
Does anyone have any advice or ideas that would help me transition from a very dominant right eye and arm to left arm and eye? I was hit in Iraq which resulted in the paralysis of my right arm. I went into a semi-depressed state for a while, but I refuse to live my life taking meds and sitting in a recliner.
About 6 weeks ago, I started shooting again. Only this time, left arm and eye. I have had terrible days of frustration, as well wonderful days just scoping. One day I can get a nice tight group and others, I can't hit the target. I know that it will take much practice for the transition of dominant limbs and that is one question I wanted to bring up to all of you that have been through these situations or similar. 1) Any advice on a specific way to practice that might help, and 2) What rifle would yall suggest for me to use that is economical yet fairly accuarate at 100-250yds. My range is set up out to 250yds, but I have not made it there. I will though!
Thank you all for any pointers that might keep me from starting bad habits as I re-learn or ideas that might help get set up right with the right equipment.
Again, thank you for letting me into the forum and any pointers that you might have. If not, it would be great to meet some True Americans that are dedicated to making sure that we have and keep our rights. God Bless.
Respectfully, Josh Kelly
Good for you for getting out of your funk soldier. I was in the opposite boat you're now in 20 years ago when I had to go from being primarily a left hand shooter to right for similar reasons.

Start bouncing a racket ball with your left hand and put a patch over your right eye while doing so.

When you can do it successfully off of the floor with out having to "think" your way through it, start doing it off of a wall.

When you have that down start trying to throw pitches through a tire at first 15, then 20, 25, and 30 yards.

You are going to have to retrain your brain to be right side dominant so that mechanically you become left side dominant.

It won't take nearly as long as you expect, just keep working at it and don't get frustrated.

If I can ever be of help to you send me a pm and I'll give you my contact information.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:55 PM
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I can't say anything on this but... thanks for everything you've done for us soldier!

Keep your head up!
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:37 PM
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Sounds like some really good advice from Wildrose.
Good luck and God bless ya brother.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:19 PM
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Switching eye dominance is just a matter of practice. You can put your finger up and practice it while watching TV.

Shooting is principally a muscle memory situation so practice is what is called for. Don't sweat the bad groups as they would become less frequent the more you practice.

With only one good arm I would tend to recommend a light rifle in a small caliber which will provide low recoil. Exactly which caliber would depend upon the animals to be hunted. Say for deer maybe a 243 and for elk a 25-06.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:45 PM
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Re: From Right to Left

I know when I practice pistol shooting with weak hand I put a patch over my eye first and the practiced keeping it closed. Try practicing only using your left arm only on the bench also. I keep my strong arm against my chest when shooting. Helps me
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