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Old 03-16-2021, 09:59 PM
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Cross Dominance, Right Hand/Left Eye



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Eighteen percent of people are cross dominant, with their dominant eye different from their dominant hand. Interestingly, 17 percent of people have no identifiable dominant eye.Cross dominance can be very challenging for shooting sports, especially with long guns. To compensate, some will shoot with their non-dominant hand while other will use glasses that block their dominant eye. https://www.shanbomeye.com/2015/03/3...eye-dominance/

I have Right Hand, Left Eye dominance.

How I shot Expert with the M16 in the Army is amazing, because I shot the iron sights and I don't recall *what* eye that I used! Still- I was proficient enough to score expert.

Never bothered me while qualifying with handguns during my years in Law Enforcement. In addition, I excelled at NRA/PPC and USPSA Practical Shooting.

But NOW.. with a scope and my *eye* on the wrong side of my head and rifle stock.. it is getting interesting.

Shot this today with the CZ 457 and Athlon 6-24 50, and I was having some difficulty because using my right eye didn't seem right with my brain. Closing my left eye helped..but felt unnatural. This is the first time using a scope.. so that's also relatively difficult to add to the equation.

I don't want to shoot left handed... so I will practice- maybe try the tape-over-the-left-eye trick.

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Old 03-16-2021, 10:18 PM
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I’m an oddball too as is my youngest daughter so must be genetic. When I was young could switch sides of the rifle to keep an eye on windflags. Shot a National record switching sides every other shot, advantage being I could see the switch coming.
Shot archery right handed only until my cornea become scarred with Shingles virus 2X. Now switched over to only lefty.

I’m RH with left eye dominance daughter is opposite.
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Old 03-17-2021, 04:20 AM
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Interesting thread. I seemed to shoot worse with one eye closed. Now with iron sights and both eyes open, things have improved.
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Old 03-17-2021, 04:25 AM
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How do you deal with scissors?

To the op , you’ll get used to it. Just like all us rightys get used to catching a ball with our left hand and a mitt.


Humans adapt easily, thats one of the reasons we are on top of the food chain.
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Old 03-17-2021, 08:49 AM
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To the op , you’ll get used to it. Just like all us rightys get used to catching a ball with our left hand and a mitt.


Humans adapt easily, thats one of the reasons we are on top of the food chain. <img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/sthumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Blue Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
Ha! I used to catch for my cousin who was a pitcher who threw hard..very hard..and that hissing fastball was caught by my weak hand. My brain was terrified, and I did indeed adapt...I avoided catching for him.

I was messing with the rifle, and a few adjustments to the cheek and stock length helped a bit..gotta go practice.
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Old 03-17-2021, 01:34 PM
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I too am right handed & left eye dominant. Many years ago I switched from right handed to left handed shooting.
It felt very awkward at first but in a short time I adapted & it felt natural.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-17-2021, 02:04 PM
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The AUG rifle may be an issue for us left eyed righties. The military used to say there are no left handed people. Wonder if that’s changed?
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Old 03-17-2021, 02:21 PM
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Same here. No flying shots at grouse with both eyes open which would otherwise be the best.
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Tricks to try...

I also am a righty and left eye dominant. I am 79 years old so I have been doing this a while. I shoot rifle righty and have never had a problem with that. I use two hands holding a handgun and use my left eye. Shotgun trick is to get shooting glasses, smart to wear anyway, with the left lens a reading glass with the focus about where the front sight would be on a handgun held with two hands. As a result, when wearing them while shooting shotgun, both eyes open, the right eye is the only one seeing things clearly and becomes the dominant eye.
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Old 03-17-2021, 02:37 PM
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I’ve always been able to shoot with both eyes open. Good eye through the sights or scope and the other wandering around watching the guy behind me, off to the side or a bird that lit on a fence post. If you walk and talk with both eyes open, ya shoot with both eyes open. An older trap shooter once told me that.
I wish I would have switched to left hand archery when I started. Instinctive shooting right handed my focus was to look at the target but 3-4’ off to side. Now I can shoot instinctive or sights with no issue.
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Old 03-17-2021, 03:36 PM
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I practiced for a good hour today, used some inexpensive Federal Automatch 22lr and my CZ457.
I shot some good groups, might have to move the scope up a slight bit, and try that as I am pretty far back on the cheek weld.
Then..my non-dominate right eye started to tire out, being used exclusively. I have to practice. Suggestion for NRL22 class- "Passive Eyeball Class"
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Old 03-17-2021, 03:41 PM
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How do you deal with scissors?
I buy and use left handed scissors and laugh when I hand them to right handers who immediately say, "There's something wrong with these!"

We lefties are the only ones in our right minds!

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Dont close the left eye tight, just squinch enough so it isn't trying to take over.
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I'm in the same camp. Additionally, I have difficulty winking my left eye.
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I used Offset Scope Rings.
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