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  1. TGVan

    TGVan Member

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    I am right handed and have shot right handed my whole life. I have never been a great shot but I do well enough to qualify every year at work and pit meat on the table when the opportunity comes along. I recently discovered that I am left eye dominant. Is that going to effect my shooting style? Should I attempt to change what I have been doing for 30 plus years? It's kind of mind boggling to me.
     
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  2. SilverbulletMAG

    SilverbulletMAG Well-Known Member

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    My wife is right handed but left eye dominant, as are a few friends I shoot with. They all do better shooting lefty. Definitely something you should at least try and doesn't require a "lefty" rifle or anything...
     
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  3. jmcmath

    jmcmath Well-Known Member

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    Yes
     
  4. antelopedundee

    antelopedundee Well-Known Member

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    I'm a lefty as well with left eye dominance. Why put up with RH stuff when left handed bolt guns are readily available?
     
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  5. just country

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    morning, from ventures I have noticed that most people
    have a nominate eye. being left or right handed as shooter.
    with a shotgun a person shoots with both eyes open.
    with a low powered scope running shots r taken with
    both eyes open. I am left handed shooter. I am right eye
    dominate. with the high quality of rifle scopes parallax
    and focusing r done with scope adjustments.
    if the problem bothers u put a patch or pair of one side
    focus glasses. justme gbot tum
     
  6. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, from ventures I have noticed that most people
    have a nominate eye. being left or right handed as shooter.
    with a shotgun a person shoots with both eyes open.
    with a low powered scope running shots r taken with
    both eyes open. I am left handed shooter. I am right eye
    dominate. with the high quality of rifle scopes parallax
    and focusing r done with scope adjustments.
    if the problem bothers u put a patch or pair of one side
    focus glasses. justme gbot tum
     
  7. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, from ventures I have noticed that most people
    have a nominate eye. being left or right handed as shooter.
    with a shotgun a person shoots with both eyes open.
    with a low powered scope running shots r taken with
    both eyes open. I am left handed shooter. I am right eye
    dominate. with the high quality of rifle scopes parallax
    and focusing r done with scope adjustments.
    if the problem bothers u put a patch or pair of one side
    focus glasses. justme gbot tum
     
  8. Russ661

    Russ661 Well-Known Member

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    I am left handed but right eye dominant so I understand your dilemma. I started shooting rifles in 1967 left handed and although the experts will tell you to aim with your dominant eye and shoot with the appropriate hand I'm here to tell you that it is not impossible to become a decent shot while aiming with your non-dominant eye.
     
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  9. catamountsierra

    catamountsierra Well-Known Member

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    Right handed, left eye dominant. I learned to shoot with my left eye closed, but now shoot with both eyes open; I can see both the magnified view through the scope and the un-magnified view at the same time, which can be great, or utterly confusing if you aren't used to it. I can shoot left handed, but it never feels quite right.
     
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  10. Wyofax

    Wyofax Well-Known Member

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    I am right/right but sometimes practice left. My daughter is right/left and shoots way better lefty. My wife is left/right and shoots way better right.

    I would suggest you spend time shooting left to see if you can change old habits and get more comfort. If after shoot several hundred rounds, even if it’s .22, you will know if the transition will work for you. Good luck and enjoy the new found knowledge.
     
  11. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    I am left dominant, right handed, and shoot left. Most of this came from shot gun and open sights. I can shoot right handed, often have to at comps, but shouldering left feels best. I shoot my bow right right.

    I personally would just do what is most comfortable and consistent for you. The reason I say that is primarily that i shot comp in rifle, bow, shotgun, and pistol and did fine. Not top shot but I’ve been at the top plenty and I’m not particularly talented.
     
  12. chindits

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    What Brent says.

    I’ve shot both sides after various medical issues . With an M4 I’d encourage you to become proficient with both hands. With bolt guns, shoot for comfort.
     
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  13. My1sydney

    My1sydney New Member

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    I do not have a response but will follow this thread. I, like yourself, had a job for 29 years and always met the qualification standards. At about 27 years of employment I discovered that I was a left eye dominant right handed shooter. I am still employed in retirement and have to satisfy quarterly qualifications. Oddly enough if I close my left eye momentarily during target acquisition i am fine. It is to use your worlds mind boggling. On a side note, do you shoot photography. I did for decades, and sure enough I shot with my left eye. Fairly sure this is why i shoot firearms and am left eye dominant. Good luck.
     
  14. SavageHunter11

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    I don't know where you live but I would like to move there. Every gun shop I walk in to I get blank stares when I ask for a left handed gun...
     
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