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Training a left-hander who is right eye dominant?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by BenjiEDF, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    This describes me.
  2. InsaneGorilla

    InsaneGorilla Hello

    Mar 31, 2007
    I'm left handed and right eye dominant. I trained myself to be an ambi shooter. I holster my pistol on my right hip but I can draw and acquire a sight picture quicker when I draw right handed. When i shoot lefty at the range, i shoot with both eyes open.



    Mar 4, 2013
    Right handed left eye dominant. I always just close or squint my left eye.
  4. MJB


    Jul 28, 2008
    Treasure Coast FL
    Right handed and "extremely" left eye dominant. (amblyopia)

    Long guns left handed, handguns right handed my whole life.
  5. Tazz10m

    Tazz10m Mod Aerator Moderator Millennium Member

    Thank you for your service, Sir!
  6. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    fwiw I recommend trying to squint/close your right eye and use your dominant eye to aim. It just requires you turn your head a little which is almost unnoticable to anyone but yourself.
  7. I kick myself for lack of awareness on this whole cross eye dominance that I've been oblivious to basically my whole life... My most recent tour in the 'Stan was particularly a rough one. On one patrol mission, got into contact, as we always do, bad guys just taking a couple of pop shots & running off, as they always do. Well, was in a position to almost pick one of them off, but couldn't get the sight picture in time. Delay that I now attribute at least a good portion to not realizing my true dominant aiming (always had a frustrating time getting an expedient sight alignment) and thereby handicapping my full capabilities. Maybe a half second faster in that situation on the mission could have made all the difference. Well, at least I know now.
  8. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I still can't believe that the US Army supported that movie. :dunno::faint::steamed:

  9. Had some range time, shooting with my new found dominant eye... shot groups are tight, but shooting to the left dramatically. Maybe it was trigger slap, but don't think so, cause I can tell I'm not jerking the trigger. Plus, this should have been the symptom when I was shooting with my non dominant right with my strong side right hand.
  10. Is it a recent switch to a Glock? Left is common for righties.

    Otherwise, if it is just the eye, do a side by side comparison. Same hand, different eyes and see what happens.

    I don't have eye dominance issues, but I can switch eyes with no difference in point of aim. Switching hands, though, will change the direction that bad shots drift :)

    I joined the NRA, have you yet?
  11. Tried it with both to see if it was trigger pull related... with non dominant eye, shot group was much more centered (but much less tight grouping) but with dominant eye, was shooting to the left (but tighter shot group). Should have tested it with other hand but ran out of ammo!
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013
  12. flw


    Apr 4, 2012
    When I was a much younger man (cross eyed dominant), I was in the Army and told not to consider eye dominance and just shoot to your handedness (lefty for me).

    I didn't know anything at that time about eye dominance so it was not a issue for me. Ignorance.

    I shot lefty and used my left eye (non-dominant) with no issues as was able to qualify as expert. Now I still shoot a rifle lefty with my left eye and a pistol lefty using my right eye.

    Sometimes not knowing the issue can be to your advantage and going with what feels best.
  13. Z1232K

    Z1232K Heavy Hauler CLM

    May 8, 2008
    SE MI.
    Right Handed, Left Eye dominant here. It's not really a big deal with pistols or long guns, but when it comes to shooting an AR-15 left handed, it really sucks, breathing exhaust from the ejection port is only tolerable for so long...:crying:

    Any solutions?
  14. Left Handed Right Eyed Dominant here.

    I shoot everything right handed. Always have.

    I can run either hand, but right has become default. It is rather nice not having a weak side though.
  15. BenjiEDF


    Jun 15, 2012
    I shot with my left hand and left eye for the first time recently, felt really weird at first but I got better by the end. Was pretty fun actually. I'm right eye dominant and shooting lefty with the right eye seemed perfectly doable. Thanks for all the responses by the way.
  16. ipscshooter

    ipscshooter Mostly IDPA now

    Jan 22, 2002
    Near Phoenix, Arizona
    I'm a little late to this party, but Hi Dad. :supergrin:
  17. flw


    Apr 4, 2012
    You must be shooting pistol or your neck would be either broken or twisted out of shape doing that with a rifle.
  18. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    I didn't know I was crossed until a few years ago at about age 69. The instructor insisted I would need to start shooting with the left hand. Can you imagine changing after about 60 years of doing it wrong?

    After thinking about the 'expert's' advice, I decided it really makes very little difference. As long as the sights are lined up, the bullet knows where to go.
  19. KalashniKEV


    Sep 24, 2003
    FTR, the issue we're discussing is "Cross Dominance," not Cross Eye Dominance... unless you're this guy:


    That's your new zero. You're witnessing the sight picture from a slightly different angle with each shoulder. If you were previously zeroed to compensate for the wrong eye, your shift will be greater than a person who is zeroed for their correct eye, and only switches shoulders/eyes.

    Respectfully... duh!

    I hope I never have to go to the life-or-death world penmanship competition with the pen in my non dominant hand. ;)

    That's completely insane.

    What year did you go to Basic and where?

    Yeah that's a great reason to never learn the proper way to do anything.

    An amateur can throw a discus just as far (or farther) without using any technique or spins or lift, but if you want to learn something about what you're doing, you have to learn it the right way.

    Once you receive instruction and learn the right way, you start gaining by leaps and bounds over the amateurs...

    Money well spent!!!


    (I might take golf lessons this spring and do whatever the hell I want too, LOL)
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013
  20. SGT67


    Jul 10, 2005
    I am right handed and left eye dominant, I shoot pistol either with both eys open or with my bad eye closed, I still shoot rifle right handed and have adjusted my sight picture accordingly and it works fine for me.