Whats the best way to learn to shoot with your off hand?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by dgray64, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    I've been shooting quite a while and have generally practiced with two hands. Lately, I've been practicing with one hand and doing pretty well with all my handguns. My left hand, though, (off hand) is just not accurate. I might hit a paper plate with a lot of time and concentration. What's the best way to build off hand accuracy? Thanks.

    Dave :)
     
  2. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Honestly and I'm not trying to be sarcastic, you just have to practice. I actually shoot better right handed (I'm a lefty) but I can't draw with my right hand worth a crap to carry that way.
     

  3. dgray64

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    I sort of figured that, myself, but no matter how many caps I bust, trying for trigger control and the rest, I miss that darn target, wasting ammo. That's why I was asking. I reload, but even that cost has gone up, so I have to watch the budget. When I started shooting a handgun a few years ago, I couldn't hit crap one handed, but got good two handed. Now all of a sudden, I can shoot great with my right (primary) hand. I want to improve my left hand. Thanks for the response.

    Dave :)
     
  4. silverado113

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    For trigger control, snap caps while you're watching tv. I meant to add, don't forget shooting lefty means corrections are backwards http://www.gunlink.info/targets/PistolChartL1S.pdf
     
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  5. dgray64

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    Thanks again, I'll try that.

    Dave :)
     
  6. boatme98

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    The same way you get to Carnegie Hall.
    Practice, practice, practice. :)

    Seriously, it is the only way. Now days I don't wory about too much about target shooting, I practice on stuff like cans and milk jugs. Both aiming and offhand shooting.
    I've gotten pretty proficient at hitting small objects on the move with my dominant hand out to 15+ yards, less so with my other. But I'm still working on it.
     
  7. BeyondTheBox

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    Rent a porsche, buy a rolex, tie your "on" hand tovthe steeringwheel, drive down to your local projects and wait. No better way to learn than to just do.
     
  8. robertusa123

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    I did it the fun and expensive way. Range time and ammo
     
  9. gollygee

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    You didn't say at what distances you are trying to shoot. When shooting with weak hand, move the target closer & practice there until you are satisfied & then move it out.

    Personally, I have better accuracy with just 'point & shoot' than by trying to use the sights. I figure the only time I'll actually need to shoot weak handed is in an emergency & at fairly close quarters.
     
  10. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot pretty good with my weak hand. But not near as fast. You just need to practice. If you shoould decide to shoot in competitions you will end up being required to shoot off hand. It is a skill you may need some day.
     
  11. dgray64

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    Gollygee, that starting closer to the target makes a lot of sense. I usually shoot at about 13 yards. That distance chose me, not the other way around. I shoot in my pasture where there is a ditch with a hill behind it for a backstop. The target it that distance from the pasture road. Since I reload, I collect the brass after each shoot and it's easier to find on the road. Lazy, I guess. I'll try moving closer and spend more time looking for the brass.

    Dave :p:)
     
  12. Gonzilla

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    One FTF member said people usually shoot at longer distances then they should only to become disappointed. True. If you can't keep them all in a pie plate, move the Tgt closer.

    The cheapest practice I know of is snap caps & TV. The next step is a good .22 pistol n lots of mags. Develope good to excellent Index and one of the hardest skills to learn is calling your shots. Army marksmanship unit has a great YouTube video on how to do this.

    Shooting skills are perishable, practice, practice, practice. Learn new drills to keep it fresh. 8" paper plates are cheap tgts. Set up one plate w 3"X5" card about 7-10" above it. I set up three of these in a row.

    Put two rounds in the plate and one in the 3X5 card then transition to the next Tgt. Numerous drills will keep your skills sharp & keep practice fun n stress free. (as it was intended to be.)
     
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    What about laying down a tarp to catch the brass? The ranges I practice at are determined by the wires across our range, from which we hang our targets. They are at 3, 7 & 15 yards. I use the 3 yard one for up close 'point & shoot', the 7 yard one for both point & shoot and with sights. Only about 10% of my time is spent on the 15 yard.
     
  14. Kdub

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    One of the most important things I've found shooting one handed is you need a solid grip. I grip as deep in the backstrap as humanly possible, pull my body and arms in tight, grip my shirt/vest with my offhand, slightly cant my pistol, then front sight front sight front sight. Trigger control, trigger control, trigger control.
     
  15. 25-5

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    In addition to what has been said. It helps to strengthen your left arm and hand. Weak hand is not a misnomer. Plenty of exercise equipt. for this. I hate to ask but are you using your left eye. Sorry!
     
  16. dgray64

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    Not a bad question. I seem to be angling my arm/wrist so that I can still sight with my right/primary eye.

    Dave :)
     
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    What stance are you using? Bullseye, isosoles, or Weaver? Weaver and bullseye you change eyes when you change hands and position. Until you get more comfortable there is no sin using strong hand support.
     
  18. dgray64

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    I use the isosoles stance for two handed shooting and face forward and/or turning partially to the target for one handed shooting. Is there an advantage to using your left eye for left handed shooting? I have never tried that.

    Dave :)
     
  19. Doc3402

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    Start with a barricade rest position to build hand strength. Since you shoot in your pasture get a pair of post hole diggers and sink a vertical 4x4 to use as the barricade. Place the palm of your strong hand against the rest and support your weak hand with the thumb of your strong hand.
     
  20. 25-5

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    I use isosoles for those whose dominant eye is oposite their strong hand, so you can use your right eye as you are facing the target. If your body is at an angle or sideways, or at a weak side barricade you need to use your left eye. At the barricade you would have to put a lot more of your head out as a target using the right eye.