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Old 01-22-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm hoping someone has a solution for this. I shoot lefty, but I'm right eye dominant. I cant close my right eye, without my left closing. Naturally, this is a problem when I'm trying to look down the iron sights on a rifle. I have a big head, and since my left cheek rests on the gun, I cant get my head low enough to see through them. I can barely see the bottom of the front sight post when I look through the rear sight. Now, I'm wondering since a lot of the red dots you can buy are virtually at the same level, will that still be a problem when it comes to zeroing? I dont want to rely on a red dot, I want to be able to use irons, but obviously cant if I cant see down them. Hopefully I've explained this correctly...any input you guys have would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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sorry, I don't have a very good answer for you, but you have tried to reposition to use the right eye is this correct, but with no help? hummmm if all else fails, learn to shoot right handed

some one that has dealt with this type of problem will be by shortly I'm sure....

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Whether you shoot left or right is determined not so much by your "handedness" as by eye dominance.

When teaching basic rifle marksmanship to Army Basic Trainees, step 1 is to determine eye dominance. Left eye, left handed. Right eye, right handed.

Average distance between adult pupils is around 2.25 inches- too far to try to offset a sight without having a rather Rube Goldberg setup.

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I'll 2nd practice shooting right handed. If you really want to get into practicing this get a mock up rifle or what ever is close to what you normally shoot and just practice aiming right handed. It will be a little awkward at first but after a couple of days of that you should be comfortable holding the gun.

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i understand you want to zero properly. but these days optics are the new irons. hell just get one thats not batt-operated. im not 100% positive how you shoot with a red dot but with an ACOG you shoot with both eyes open, so even left or right eye dominate have to re-learn the whole system anyway. and as long as there is light your system will work. which is just like irons anyway.

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Use scotch tape to cover right glasses lenses.

Allows both eyes to stay open, but only one can focus

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Use scotch tape to cover right glasses lenses.

Allows both eyes to stay open, but only one can focus
He needs to cover the right eye, and switch to optics on a higher mount and shoot left handed. He should count himself lucky, some of us are forced into cross dominance by being blind in one eye. Although I can think of one advantage to CED, My shooting scores and off hand accuracy have greatly improved since I am now stabalizing my rifle with my stonger arm. Just some food for thought.
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He is also saying he cant get low enough on the stock to properly see the irons due to his facial structure. He needs more drop at the heel or has a cheek piece that is blocking him. He either needs to change the stock, raise the irons or get a scope. The eye dominance issue would be best resolved by shooting right handed. While taping the right lens would work it is not much of a solution in the field hunting. For a scope, I would suggest a low power variable (1-4X) or a low power fixed (1-2.5X). For shorter ranges, shotgun and muzzle loader scopes have a shorter parallax setting. The red dots are fun to shoot with and the target acquisition is very fast but almost all are battery dependent. For a reasonable red dot, the Vortex Strikefire @ $150 has a good reputation and good battery life. There are lots of others out there but dont go too cheap. If you have a 22lr rifle, you might try a cheaper red dot on that to see if you like it.

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Use scotch tape to cover right glasses lenses.

Allows both eyes to stay open, but only one can focus
Ive got the same problem. This is how I trained myself. Keep practicing cause your left will take iver again.
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He is also saying he cant get low enough on the stock to properly see the irons due to his facial structure. He needs more drop at the heel or has a cheek piece that is blocking him. He either needs to change the stock, raise the irons or get a scope. The eye dominance issue would be best resolved by shooting right handed. While taping the right lens would work it is not much of a solution in the field hunting. For a scope, I would suggest a low power variable (1-4X) or a low power fixed (1-2.5X). For shorter ranges, shotgun and muzzle loader scopes have a shorter parallax setting. The red dots are fun to shoot with and the target acquisition is very fast but almost all are battery dependent. For a reasonable red dot, the Vortex Strikefire @ $150 has a good reputation and good battery life. There are lots of others out there but dont go too cheap. If you have a 22lr rifle, you might try a cheaper red dot on that to see if you like it.
I was hoping to put the irons on riders. It will look awkward as hell but hopefully would solve it. That or I need to learn to shoot eighty. But thanks for the dot info, ill definitely check that out.
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