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Old January 21st, 2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Left eye Right handed

Looking for any suggestions on this subject. My son who has decided to start hand gun shooting with me. Bought a S&W M&P9. But he is right handed and has a dominate Left eye. So he is having right time with shooting....any ideas on helping out with this......?
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Old January 21st, 2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=COBRA;339364]Looking for any suggestions on this subject. My son who has decided to start hand gun shooting with me. Bought a S&W M&P9. But he is right handed and has a dominate Left eye. So he is having right time with shooting....any ideas on helping out with this......?[/QUOTE


Does he wear contacts? That might be his problem.

With out getting into a lot of detail I had lens replacements surgery for my eyes (cataract surgery). Having this done kinda fouled me up since my right eye was done first. I'm left handed. My right eye became my dominate eye. I learned to shoot gangster stile. Worked well for me. A few months latter I had my left eye done and all was better and my left dominate eye came back.

I'm not suggesting eye surgery but to let you know it can be done with practice.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 05:17 AM   #3
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I have this same issue. I over came it buy moving my right arm more to the left of my body. After I got used to that I Also installing a lighter trigger helped as well.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 06:32 AM   #4
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I am left eye dominant and shoot right handed and have no problems. Does he shoot like this?
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 06:52 AM   #5
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Looking for any suggestions on this subject. My son who has decided to start hand gun shooting with me. Bought a S&W M&P9. But he is right handed and has a dominate Left eye. So he is having right time with shooting....any ideas on helping out with this......?
I'm 74, have had cataract surgery on both eyes and my right eye Yagged??
dominant Right eye is blurred at the front sight of every pistol I shoot, so unless I am shooting fiber optic or night sights I cannot see the front sight.

I just close my right eye and lean my head to the left to bring the sights to my left eye and I'm spot on at most yardages.

I've been trying to shoot with both eyes open as advocated in combat shooting, but at arms length I see two front sights, Finally figured it must be the one on the right ( LOL ) but usually shoot low with this technique. Just have your son cant his head to the left and it will come to him, also check his grip/hold, he may be canting the gun, Most likely he is just slapping the trigger.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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I have the same problem. I’m right handed and left eye dominant. Over time I learned I could put a small piece of scotch tape in the upper/center of the left lens. This allows both eyes to remain open and only blocks viewing of the gun sights with the left eye.
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I am left eye dominant and shoot right handed and have no problems. Does he shoot like this?
Yes he dose.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 05:11 PM   #8
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Thanks to everyone who replied to my post, we now have some ideas and will try them out the next time we are at the range.
You all are great, thanks again
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The "cross-eyed" dominant problem can be corrected at the range with the eye taping solution.....but it's only a range solution, and doesn't often transfer well when you need to shoot correctly when not on the range and don't have tape over your sunglasses.

About 15 % of people are cross-eyed dominant.......dominant eye opposite dominant hand.

The same-side dominant pistol shooters learn to solve the problem every time they shoot with their support (weak) hand only....for the right hand -eye dominant shooter, shooting with their left hand only, requires the shooter to align their sights up under their right eye....just as if they were shooting right hand only or two-handed...they are not using tape over their shooting glasses !

Once you have confirmed you are indeed cross-eye dominant, then just practice shooting with your sights aligned under your dominant eye, no taping needed.

Shooting long guns cross-eyed dominant is another kettle of fish......scopes & fixed sights.... however, using red-dot sights that are parallax-free can solve the problem

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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:28 AM   #10
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Shooting long guns cross-eyed dominant is another kettle of fish.

That's why I took the scopes off my rifles (blurred vision, right eye)..Then sold the rifles It's almost impossible to shoot a right handed rifle with a left eye. I'm not a good left handed shooter.So I refuse to go there.
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I have the same problem. Iím right handed and left eye dominant. Over time I learned I could put a small piece of scotch tape in the upper/center of the left lens. This allows both eyes to remain open and only blocks viewing of the gun sights with the left eye.
Thanks for the tip . Never tried tape,
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Old January 29th, 2013, 04:57 PM   #12
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Left eye dominance

I'm left eye dominant but right handed, also. I was diagnosed with amblyopia (fancy term for a lazy eye) in my right eye as a young child and got glasses with a goofy looking patch over it to try to correct the problem. After about 13 years of glasses and then a contact in my right eye it is now 20/20. However, my left eye is still my dominant eye.

While I do struggle with long guns a little (not near as much as I did when I was younger) i can shoot them with my right eye effectively.

Handguns I have always naturally pointed and lined up with my left eye. I would suggest just letting him use his left eye for handguns. There is no disadvantage to moving the pistol over < 1 inch to line up with the left eye. Try it! it will probably be more comfortable for him and help with accuracy.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 06:11 AM   #13
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You might even try having him shoot left handed. With a little practice it just could be the ticket.

I am ambidextrous. It really helps when shooting off hand competitions. I am right handed "for the most part",(being it is a right handed world). But when changing hands shooting, I also change eyes (also have had cataract surgery). If I shot left handed (younger days),I still closed my left eye. Took awhile to get use to keeping both eyes open,but then I also noticed/discovered I was shooting much better left handed. It's weird. But if I point at an object with my right hand and do the close eye trick,my right eye is on target. Point left hand,left eye is on target. Drives my eye Doc. crazy,it's rare and I can't remember the name of it.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 06:45 AM   #14
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I am a left-eye dominant, right-handed shooter. I line up my sights with my left eye. I also shoot pretty well left-handed. Long guns I shoot strictly left-handed.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 06:40 PM   #15
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I am in the same boat. I draw the gun to left-of-center, and if I am being honest, also turn/tilt my head a hair to the right at the same time. Still trying to figure out which way I shoot a rifle best....so far, looks like shooting lefty is my best option.
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