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12-16-2011, 04:45 AM   #1
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Need advice, possibly converting to a lefty

I've been shooting for several years now but just started shooting more frequently and have noticed that shooting left handed seems a bit more natural, although still a little weird. I am left eye dominate, so I was curious if this is why. I am right handed and have always been.
My question is, would it be better to pursue training as a lefty if I won't shoot everything that way? I obviously wouldn't use bolt actions left handed. I don't want to confuse my brain by using both unless it would improve my abilities with both and I could switch with ease.

Any input is greatly appreciated

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12-16-2011, 04:48 AM   #2
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The guy who got me interested in guns shoots rifles lefty and handguns righty. He is a right handed person. I believe it is because he is left eye dominant.

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12-16-2011, 07:08 AM   #3
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Dallascj, It's one of the things I tried with my wife before she said eff it and went left handed. Both of us are left eye dominant and right handed. It did work, but she was more comfortable shooting lefty. Soon as she has a pistol permit we'll work with handguns and see how she does.

I actually learned that tirck from one of my dad's old range masters when he was in the Corps. Cool trick, and 9 out of 10 times it works. Let us know if it works for you.
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My wife is a righty, but left eye dominate. She uses a position that allows her to shoot right handed but aim with her left eye when using a pistol. She just shoots right hand right eye with a rifle.
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I am left eye dominate also but shoot right handed, I rotate the gun to about 11:00 to align the sights up with my left eye and keeping my stance and grip consistent. It seems to work for me and it was easy to get into being a natural shooting stance. I also shoot left handed for practice but I like the rotated grip best.
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I say train with both hands, can't really see any drawbacks to being a proficient ambidextrous shooter.

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