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Right handed, left eye dominant.. how to shoot?

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Exclamation Right handed, left eye dominant.. how to shoot?

I am right handed, but my left eye is dominant. Should I shoot with my left or right eye closed? I'm used to shooting with my left eye closed, but I just noticed earlier that I can see the target much better if I closed my right eye and aim through my left eye.

I'm a newbie at shooting, by the way. I shot a gun for the first time 2 months ago at 30 years old.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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Welcome to our sport and forum! So you are pretty sure you are cross-dominant... take a quick read of this article just to be sure:
How to overcome cross-dominance - North Carolina Sportsman

There's a paragraph about mid-article that mentions shooting cross-dominant with a hand gun is pretty easy... just tilt/turn your head slightly to get your dominant eye over the sight. Taking your normal stance, you can also shift the gun's position an inch or so over toward the dominant eye.

Alternatively, you can also practice to train your non-dominant eye for use. Just place a piece of tape, a bandage or patch over your shooting glasses' dominant eye lens... forcing yourself to use the "weak" eye.

Unless you have tried every alternative with no success, avoid closing that one eye... it is fatiguing and you lose peripheral vision; you are much better off learning position for cross dominant use, or training the weaker eye.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:44 PM   #3
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You can train your weak eye to be stronger. that's what I did. I was right eye dominate, but shoot left handed. Now I'm left eye dominate, left handed shooter.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:46 PM   #4
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If you focus, you can train yourself to switch dominance on command.

It'll be awkward at first, but eventually you'll get used to it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:31 PM   #5
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I am the same, and shoot with both eyes opened, but tend to lean my head in to align my left eye with the sights. It is my rifle shooting that is the most difficult, handguns not so much.
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Search through old posts, this topic has been around many times before. I have found that not extending my arms all the way and pulling down on my left elbow makes the sights line up just right.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:50 AM   #8
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Shoot with both eyes open.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:00 AM   #9
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I'm right handed, left eye dominant too. I close my left eye anyway, feels wierd closing my right eye. I only close it to see through sites then I open and sort off squint to keep site
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If you work at it you can train yourself to shoot with either eye. I'm left eye dominant too, but can shoot either way. Just take your time and be patience, if you really have a difference between the two eyes ,i could see the favoring toward the eye with which you can see better.
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