And I thought I was the only one; who was screwed up! When I write with a pen, I always use my left hand. When I write larger, say on a blackboard, I almost always use my right hand. I prefer to shoot right handed, but in a pinch can shoot left handed as well. As far as the eye thing, I can make good shots with both eyes open, but can't see any difference in one way or the other. Bet this makes you guys feel much more normal!
"The only difference between mediocrity & excellence is EFFORT!" Mike Walton
Nighthunter264wm, Regardless of how you shoot better, everyone has a "master" eye. That eye looks straight ahead and the other eye turns into the sight path and is what tells you how far away it is (depth perception). If you shoot using the non-master eye, you are getting a reference that is not where the target really is. I see this a lot when teaching kids archery. They are right handed with a left master eye and can't understand why they can't hit the center of the target. You do need to either close or patch off a master eye if you are shooting with a non-master (better to patch off if using open sights). I use the hole in the paper method for kids since it is fool proof and easy to use. Take a piece of paper and put a small hole in the center. Hold it and arms length looking with both eyes thru the hole at an object downrange. Then slowly draw the paper to your nose. Just shortly before getting to your nose (depending on how large the hole is), the paper will shift to the master eye. When you touch your nose with the paper, only your master eye will show. FYI. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
My son had the same problem being right eye dominate and left handed, try a Eyeblind www.eyeblindllc.com the thing folds out of the way when not in use and is very inexpensive I only use it for target shooting or when I'm after sage rats. It actually helps you concentrate on the target better. You can put elevation and windage adjustment info on the blinder for quick reference.
If you are using a scope, there is no disadvantage in terms of sight picture clarity to keeing your dominant eye closed if you are wrong side dominant. Unfortunately, most scope users close their off eye anyway! When shooting with a pistol and/or rifle with open sights, it helps your vision to keep both eyes open. Shutting one eye can cause a distortion on the retina since light is better balanced with two eyes open (even if one eye is blanked off). That is why pistol shooters especially use a blanking device on their off eye. The advantage of shooting with two eyes open with a scope is that you can find & follow running targets better (more like a scout set-up). This two eye open approach is critical if you shoot a scoped handgun. Without the rifle stock which gives you some direction in pointing, a handgun when raised even in a two handed hold lacks the line to the target and if one eye is closed, ultimate tunnel vision of the scope is seen. With practice, anyone except a wrong master eye shooter can learn to shoot a scope with both eyes open. It does take work to retrain the brain. I had to relearn this technique, and if my old brain can relearn, most folks can too!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
I have shared this with friends of mine that are shooters / hunters and they are incredulous ! That is my changing eyes or should I say my changing " master" eye [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
Yup! , when I was younger my right eye was dominant and I am right handed . I used all the tests to determine dominance way back when I was getting interested in long range shooting and reloading( almost 4 decades ago , [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] sheesh , sounds like I should be a 100 or so [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] )
Some how it has changed [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] I can no longer shoot a pistol, like I did back then ( won some good matches ) unless I blank my left eye .
While watching some does the other day at about 400 ( it was a Swaro lasered 337 but hey ! 400 sounds much better eh ? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]) I noticed that I could leave both eyes open and see both the magnified view(right eye ) as well as the unmag view ( left eye ) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
I know thats crazy , however it is true ! As long as I didn't get involved in the process I could see both views , big and little . I hesitated to post this but I haven't done any acid since the 70's [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] and only once then [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] No , really, has anyone else seen/done this ?
When I was young I built myself lots of little bows and arrows and would run around shooting anything that moved and some stuff that didn't. End result was that I taught myself to shot a bow left handed when I am a right handed right eyed person. Later in life I bought left hand bows and had to use sight pins and then my weak left eye suddenly had to function. That was when I discovered the powers of concentration. By little more than will power and long, long hours of practice over several decades I can switch eye dominance at will. Of course being prone to stupidity I sometimes forget to switch and the results are hilariuos.
About 10 years ago (at age 47) my eyesight quit deteriorating and actually started improving. By the time I am dead I won't need glasses any more. Both near sight and far sight are improving. My left eye is improving more than my right eye.
The amount of time it takes my eyes to focus is still bad and the amount of time it takes my brain to translate a new view is getting worse. Reaction time is based upon your eyes picking up an image and sending it to the brain and somewhere something has slowed down. Maybe I just need some fresh batteries.