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Old 10-08-2009, 12:08 AM   #1
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So basically, I am right handed but damn near blind in my right eye. So because of this, I have to shoot righty and aim with my left eye... I never thought anything of it until I started learning more about shooting. My question is, does shooting like this effect my aim in any way with a pistol? I have to shoot rifles left handed unless they have a tall scope on them, but shooting lefty feels down right awkward and is not fun for me.

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Old 10-08-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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interesting...
i would say to switch everything to your left
the way i see it:
1. your right eye is never gonna get better
2. the awkwardness of becoming a lefty is gonna go away with practice and time
its gonna feel weird and you'll shoot terrible but with practice and time you'll get better
and hey in this day and age a lefty has it just as good as a righty (maybe not all the time but yeah)

so what do you think?


and yes aiming with left while holding with right is gonna effect accuracy and you'll hit a wall eventually(i think)

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I've had lazy eye in my right eye forever and it's all but useless. It's the main reason I don't use long guns much. I shoot pistols right-handed and left-eyed with no problems - and I win my share of matches. Other than having my head turned a bit, I see no difference between me and "normal" shooters...

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I've had lazy eye in my right eye forever and it's all but useless. It's the main reason I don't use long guns much. I shoot pistols right-handed and left-eyed with no problems - and I win my share of matches. Other than having my head turned a bit, I see no difference between me and "normal" shooters...
interesting...
i guess if you make it work it'll work
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Wyatt to Ike, I like that!

I feel your pain, I'm left eye dominate but right handed.

Shooting with my weak side is like using a palsy hand!

Not that it would help your situation but I forced my sight picture with monovision contacts. This allows my dominate left eye to handle distant vision and I had my right eye prescription focused at arms length! Yep, actually sat in the eye doctors exam room holding my CCW at sight shooting distance as he rotated those bee eye thingies for a perfect shooting Rx!

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Naw, he wasn't intimated, he was actually cool with the whole thing!

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Right handed and left eye dominant. Instructor taught to use squared up stance and turn my head. I read on a forum to shoot with left foot forward and leaning forward. This requires me to turn my head just a little and has vastly improved my shooting. Just for what it is worth.

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Right handed and left eye dominant. Instructor taught to use squared up stance and turn my head. I read on a forum to shoot with left foot forward and leaning forward. This requires me to turn my head just a little and has vastly improved my shooting. Just for what it is worth.
Over time, I have found that a left foot forward stance works better for me as well. I'd sure like to have a good right eye but my only option has been to adapt, improvise, and overcome...
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Well thank you everyone for your input. I haven't seen any real problems with the way I was shooting because when I go to the range all of my shots are on target. I guess since my eye has been useless my whole life I've unknowingly adapted... I just wanted to see if my situation was uncommon. The first time I shot a pistol I stood with my left foot in front, shoulders squared and tilted my head a bit. Never missed what I was aiming at either. Oh and Cane, I think my eye doc would ask me to leave his office if I tried that

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Doyle - I would guess that if your right eye has been this bad for so long that you've become left-eye dominate by default and have already adapted to it. I'm right-handed and right-eye dominate, which means I should practice shooting with my right eye closed. I don't, but I should...

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Wyatt to Ike, I like that!

I feel your pain, I'm left eye dominate but right handed.

Shooting with my weak side is like using a palsy hand!

Not that it would help your situation but I forced my sight picture with monovision contacts. This allows my dominate left eye to handle distant vision and I had my right eye prescription focused at arms length! Yep, actually sat in the eye doctors exam room holding my CCW at sight shooting distance as he rotated those bee eye thingies for a perfect shooting Rx!

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Naw, he wasn't intimated, he was actually cool with the whole thing!


I didn't do it for shooting purposes but I had my eyes surgically corrected to monovision. My right eye is close vision and my left is distance. I'm right handed and was wondering how it would affect my aim, if at all. I know it can be a pain when I'm shooting my camera.
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