Right handed Left Eye dominat?

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by Redarrow18, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Redarrow18

    Redarrow18 New Member

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    So i was shooting today and my dads friend pointed out that i was looking down the scope with my left eye and that i was cocked over the center of the rifle to look with it, but i am a right handed shooter. it felt comfortable and didnt have any seeing problems, but should i still switch to my right eye?
     
  2. IGETEVEN

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    Other than someone pointing this out, does it affect your shooting and sighting in any way? Is it comfortable and accurate for you?

    Don't fix it if it ain't broken IMHO. Altering some dominate eye sighting problems can affect one's shooting for awhile, but training the weak eye or using both for sighting can be useful and beneficial in the long run, just as shooting and training with one's non-dominate shooting hand or shoulder.

    Nothing is ever quite text book in any given situation, any advantage of additional shooting tactics, could more likely than not, alter an outcome greater in one's favor.
     

  3. Ubergopher

    Ubergopher New Member

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    Sounds like it's time to become proficient shooting left AND right handed.
     
  4. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    This isn't the study I'm referencing, but I can't find it at the moment so this'll have to do..

    Although it probably won’t make much difference until you start using a rifle that really kicks, I would thoroughly recommend changing your grip to accommodate for your dominant eye. Apart from the fact that you could injure yourself by not holding the rifle properly, there has been research done that says a shooter is more accurate when using their dominant eye once that they are used to holding the firearm using the corresponding hand/shoulder.

    Association between eye dominance and training for rifle marksmanship : a pilot study

    The study that I'm thinking of gathered 120 experienced shooters who held the rifle to their right shoulder but were left eye dominant or vice versa. Half were given a week of professional training to hold the rifle properly and use their dominant eye while the other half still received professional training, but continued to hold the rifle as they had been. Guess who showed the most improvement??

    I'm pretty sure the study said that a competent shooter would only need a couple of weeks to vastly improve on their previous performance once they changed grips, and for beginners only a few days.

    Another thing, are you sure that your left eye is dominant? Just because you prefer to use your left eye does not make it dominant, maybe you're just not used to using your right! Find out how to find your dominant eye here
     
  5. Redarrow18

    Redarrow18 New Member

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    yep my left eye is dominant, even the eye doctor said that the left is better than the right

    i only had real problems with it when i was laying down, when i was kneeling or standing it was fine, and i was shooting a 30-06
     
  6. jetgirl

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    If you're cross dominant it's easier to re-train muscle memory in your hands than it is to try to make a weak eye dominant. I'm in the camp that says "learn to shoot left-handed".
    I've got someone in my family struggling with the same thing currently, but it can be done and it's in your best interest. :)
     
  7. mach1337

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    not uncommon. my dad is right handed but left eye dominant. he shoots lefty tho and seems no matter how much we shoot he will always be a better shot. he does have 30+years of experience on me.
     
  8. cmhill

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    im not to sure on the rifle but i know when shooting sporting clays, skeet , etc. we will take the shooter and place a strip of scotch tape over the lense on the dom. eye which somewhat blurs the vision in the dom eye and forces the shooter to use the other eye
     
  9. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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    I'm the same way, left dominant and shoot right handed. I just have to close my left eye when I shoot.
     
  10. PTsouthpaw

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    I am also right handed, left eye dominant. This was discovered when i got my first scoped hunting rifle, as it became apparent (in the same way it did to you) that i was aiming with my left eye. My mother's uncle, a gunsmith, noticed it when i held up my new rifle he had just mounted the scope on to see if it was in a good spot. He recommended that i learn to shoot left handed. I have shot left handed since then. It became natural rather quickly to hold my rifles left handed, and it is definitely more comfortable to line up on the correct side.
     
  11. orangello

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  12. Davyboy

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    Eye dominence is only a concern when shotgun shooting.
     
  13. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Just what do you mean by that statement,Davyboy?

    I'm Right handed/Left eye dominant,and have always shot rifles and shotguns left handed.It doesn't matter whether they are left or right handed guns,I shoot them all the same.
    There are some Trap shotguns that the butt stocks are designed for left/right hand shooters,but most are universal.

    The only trouble that I have is when shooting handguns,I catch myself holding the gun in my right hand,and looking at the sights with my left eye.I can't shoot for crap that way,and have to either shoot with my right eye or shoot left handed.
     
  14. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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    I have always just shot with my left eye closed. Have to, as I just can't shoot for sh!t left handed. Is there any draw back to shoooting this way, other than my left eye lid being tired at the end of a long day of shooting?
     
  15. beege

    beege New Member

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    I just found out today that I was left eye dominant and I'm right handed. I shoot with both eyes open or I close my left. Tomorrow I'm going to the range and try to shoot with my left hand. I've always shot with both eyes open with the exception of scoped rifles.
     
  16. gorknoids

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    I shoot handguns strong and weak-handed, right eye dominant. Not that it's a concious thing when I'm firing.
     
  17. pabstman

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    ok I can't help myself, left or right.... as long as the target is hit and you did it safley. I don't think it matters.
     
  18. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    +1


    I'm left-handed, right eye dominant and this was the reason I chose to learn to shoot rifles right-handed from the very start. My right eye must be strongly dominant since its a real struggle to keep the left one open for any appreciable time...and it barely opens much at all. Plus all the club guns are right handed and during things like rapid snap shooting and 3-position competitions, it would be all too difficult to manipulate the bolt on the 'wrong' side.


    Did feel quite strange, but I've come to get used to it. At least with a handgun this isn't a factor.
     
  19. Tackleberry1

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    I don't see anyone mention the true benefit of shooting scoped rifles with the dominant eye?

    I grew up hunting white tail in eastern washington state and can tell you that most of my kills were running game, through timber, at 75 to 125 yard. Using your dominant eye allow you to keep both eyes open widening your field of view. Your dominant eye will superimpose the cross hair over whatever your non dominant eye is seeing. In short, it allows you to track running game with both eyes open, greatly increasing your chances and accuracy.

    If your going to hunt, I suggest learning to shoot lefty.

    TACK
     
  20. Britt

    Britt New Member

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    Same problem

    I have the same problem and am having alot of trouble with it. I started shooting bow first and learned I was left eye donimant so I started shooting with a left-hand bow. Then I started shooting handguns. I really don't want to shoot left-handed with guns because, to me, it just doesn't feel right. Someone suggested I turn my head instead of tilt it to use my left eye but that looks and feels awkward. I don't want to close one eye (right or left) becuase that narrows my field of vision. And every once in awhile, while I'm shooting my bow, things won't line up, like they are blurry. Is it possible to change eye dominance or something?