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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    I am left eye dominant and right handed.

    Just learned how to shoot lefty as a kid and its stuck. Rifle and shotgun I can switch sides, but primarily shoot lefty.

    Only became an issue with pistol and I have learned to shoot with both eyes open. Ironically shoot better lefty than righty which I attribute to less bad habits to unlearn.
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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    Both eyes are open and focused on the target. I am also left eye dominant and right handed. Have shot IDPA, USPSA, Steel, Run and Gun and whatever else I could find. And I did so weekly for about 7 years with a lot of enjoyment and fellowship. I tried to resolve the supposed 'not perfect' alignment by closing my left eye or putting a cover over the left safety glasses lens. But once I did dry fire and sight picture drills on a daily basis at home the brain resolved any imperfection I assumed I had. And shooting 'support hand' as opposed to right handed yields no advantage.

    I have not done competitive shooting for a few years now, but still practice as I can and do my almost daily drills of draw, sight picture on multiple targets and re holster. I do not think about the dominant eye situation anymore. I just focus on the target, and that works well for me. The brain and the eyes will work together.

    Keep at it, practice, practice practice, and have fun.......j
    Last edited by J; October 17th, 2018 at 09:34 PM.
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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by J View Post
    Both eyes are open and focused on the target. I am also left eye dominant and right handed. Have shot IDPA, USPSA, Steel, Run and Gun and whatever else I could find. And I did so weekly for about 7 years with a lot of enjoyment and fellowship. I tried to resolve the supposed 'not perfect' alignment by closing my left eye or putting a cover over the left safety glasses lens. But once I did dry fire and sight picture drills on a daily basis at home the brain resolved any imperfection I assumed I had. And shooting 'support hand' as opposed to right handed yields no advantage.

    I have not done competitive shooting for a few years now, but still practice as I can and do my almost daily drills of draw, sight picture on multiple targets and re holster. I do not think about the dominant eye situation anymore. I just focus on the target, and that works well for me. The brain and the eyes will work together.

    Keep at it, practice, practice practice, and have fun.......j
    Target or front sight?

    Or you shoot red dot, and nevermind
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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by lts1ow View Post
    Rifle and shotgun I can switch sides, but primarily shoot lefty.
    Me too. I can shoot ambidextrous with a shotgun more effectively than a rifle though. I've done way more right handed shotgun to show other people in my family than I have right handed carbine. Shooting pistols left handed sucks though. I'm terrible at it AND it sucks.Having said that, I'll practice shooting my pistols lefty this weekend.
    Hope this is not Chris's blood ...

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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    YES!


    Quote Originally Posted by lts1ow View Post
    Target or front sight?

    Or you shoot red dot, and nevermind
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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    This is a good topic to discuss. I am an LE firearms instructor and ran into this issue a few years ago with a good shooter who was having a terrible time on the range. He is right handed and right eye dominant. At least he USED to be. Yes, it can change. To get through the day of training he shot with his left eye but has since switched to a both eyes open approach.

    Here is a lengthy but good article on the subject.

    https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/answers...shooting-13003

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    Default Re: Cross Dominant Pistol Shooting

    I'm coming across more and more people right-handed and left eye dominant (or don't understand the finding eye dominance exercises, but that's another topic). One thing that work for most of them with pistol is slightly bending the left elbow more. It pulls the hold to the left and aligns on their eye better. My smart-a** son prefers to roll his head over to the right and likes to remind me that Jeff Cooper was righty and left-eye dominant...to which I reply "the day you shoot as well as Jeff Cooper I'll stop trying to help you."

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