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    Posted: February/17/2010 at 17:32
Hi guys
I've been shooting left handed for probably 15 years now and just recently found out about eye dominance.  It turns out I'm right eye dominant.  As an experiment I tried sighting my assorted guns right handed and found that my sight picture with iron sights is greatly improved if I shoot off my right shoulder.  I can keep both eyes open without the sights blurring.  This is probably reason enough to learn to shoot right handed even though it's really awkward.  Does eye dominance have any effect on parallax while using a scope? I don't have much experience shooting scoped past about 150 yards but I'd like to get into long range shooting in the future and if I need to relearn my position I figure it would be best to start now.
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15 years is a long time to overcome, but it is always better to shoot "sided" with the dominant eye.  You almost certainly won't be exactly positioned shooting right-handed as you are positioned shooting left-handed, so parallax will be different.  Start with the very basics of practice, sight picture acquisition, dry firing, etc and just practice, practice, practice.  
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kickboxers right u need to learn to shoot right handed just practise as much as u can. u need to make sure ur right eye dominate before u do that though my father dosent have a dominate eye and it enables him to shoot right or left handed
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I am right handed and left dominant. Discovered it at age 17. It was hard the first year but soon became natural. You will see the most improvement with your wing shooting with a shotgun and a little less with the rifle. This should help your pistol shooting as well. Where you are really lucky is now your selection of firearms has improved because so few models are male for Lefty's.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PONIESWHEE Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/19/2010 at 16:57
Thanks for the advice guys. I put a few boxes though my 22 today alternating left and right and it wasn't as bad as I thought. Shooting offhand was pretty shaky but the biggest issue was training my right hand to feel when the trigger is breaking, it just seems so intuitive with my left. I'll force myself to shoot right handed from now on. I have a SxS 12 gauge but I haven't done much wing shooting as of yet. Just bringing the gun up right handed is very awkward. I think that will be the hardest to adjust.
Eh well, more time at the range this year :P
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Guess that means I better switch to lefty shooting then.  Shot my whole life right handed included quals in military.  Still shoot right handed.  Maybe I should look at switching.
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I am ambidextrous and shoot both ways.  I have no lefthanded rifles, though.  Seems like whenever I am in the market for one, I cannot find a suitable lefthanded rifle.  One reason I really like the BAR is because it allows me to shoot lefty without getting "brass face".
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But, it also provides some advantages in shooting.  Positions that are nearly impossible for "singlehanded" shooters are doable for us "oddballs" and there are IDPA shooting scenarios where I can switch hands very easily and singlehanded shooters have a positional disadvantage...
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I am left eye dominant and right handed ..I was originally taught to shoot left handed in summmer camp back in ancient times .. After being burnt on the face by my Zuave black powder , I taught my self to shoot right handed .. Now I switch back and forth with similar results , but shooting left handed I can leave both eyes open, right handed I close my left eye . Shotguns I shoot almost exclusively left handed though , and hand guns right handed .. Just got used to it over time . I get funny looks when shooting trap and switching shoulders for station 5 ..
You just have to shoot allot and get the eye dominance thing worked out ..practice ..practice..practice  ( that's the fun part anyway)
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I just figured out my son is left eye dominant but he's right handed. He shoots scoped rifles extremely well right handed but I am wondering if I need to get him to switch to left handed shooting so shotguns,pistols, and rifles could all be done left handed ??
 
He's just 8 right now ! So far he does not like the feel of shooting left handed just messing around but I imagine it would grow on him ??
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I'm a freak, with little dominance, I shoot lefty and righty without much bias.

Dan, I just got my first lefty rifle and really, really like - though I still reach for the bolt on the wrong side quite often.

CBM, if he shoots extremely well, why switch?  The "right way" to shoot is the one you enjoy and the one that puts rounds on target with the most precision and accuracy. In my opinion.
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Well..............I hate to mess with a good thing as much as anyone ! But I am figuring he's going to have to shoot a shotgun left handed or learn to close his left eye when shooting. And if I have to go that route at this age...........I'm assuming it would be easier to teahc him to shoot left handed across the board. My buddy has a son with the same deal and he is pretty adament that left handed shooting is the way to go !! I am really not sure to be honest ...........what's the best way to teach him all around ...........all right handed and learn some tricks or all left handed and get used to the big intial change ?
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i dont ever practice shooting left handed with my hunting rifles, but i will with my rim fires. i have had to shoot deer out of tree stands left handed because of the way the stand faced in relation to the deer. i found that taking that shot left handed made me take  good shot. i had to concentrate and make sure i held perfectly and the deer went down. so i guess my point is that you and your son both need to do what feels natural to you, if he feels better shooting left handed then i would encourage him to shoot lefty. if you gotta buy him a shotgun get a browning bps, they are bottom eject so right vs left hand isnt an issue.  craig boddington shoots a ton of right handed rifles and he is a south paw. it may take time, but do what feels the best.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

I'm a freak, with little dominance, I shoot lefty and righty without much bias.

Dan, I just got my first lefty rifle and really, really like - though I still reach for the bolt on the wrong side quite often.

CBM, if he shoots extremely well, why switch?  The "right way" to shoot is the one you enjoy and the one that puts rounds on target with the most precision and accuracy. In my opinion.

yeah, I need to get one.  I've shot with left handed rifles and like them pretty well, but it is hard to find a really good one.  
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Yea, it is, which is why I jumped on the LH 40X.

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I'm in the same boat but opposite.  Rt. handed --- Lt. eye dominate.   What a thing to try and overcome, but working on it.  
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