I have a problem

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by tbruins37, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. tbruins37

    tbruins37 New Member

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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.
    Thanks.
     
  2. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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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:confused: 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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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  4. Buckethead47

    Buckethead47 New Member

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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.
     
  5. Soliferrum

    Soliferrum New Member

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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.
     
  6. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Use scotch tape to cover right glasses lenses.

    Allows both eyes to stay open, but only one can focus
     
  7. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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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  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  9. spack762

    spack762 New Member

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    Ive got the same problem. This is how I trained myself. Keep practicing cause your left will take iver again.
     
  10. tbruins37

    tbruins37 New Member

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    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.