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This is a discussion on off hand shooting within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I pinched a couple of fingers pretty good between an engine stand and the block that was mounted on it the other day. Severed a ...

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    I pinched a couple of fingers pretty good between an engine stand and the block that was mounted on it the other day. Severed a couple of arteries and did some significant tissue damage, but the prognosis is about 80% in favor of me not loosing any fingers at this point.

    Of course, it was my shooting hand that was damaged, so I will not be drawing, much less shooting with that hand for some time. I'll need to come up with a LH IWB holster for the time being. Any advise, in addition to lots of practice, for expediting proficiency with the weak side? Responses will be appreciated.

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    Sorry to hear about your hand. I guess all I can say is the age-old adage, practice makes perfect!
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    Well, that sucks! I say...look at this as an opportunity---to practice with your weak hand of course. Bottom line is you'll be spending some change getting a LH rig and all. If you get really good with the weak side, maybe you can change up every now and then once you're healed up and whole again. I know you'll be thinking a lot in the days to come where not to put your hand or fingers again. Glad to know the prognosis is good for you to retain what you once had. Accidents happen to all of us. Four years ago I sliced into two of my strong hand fingers when I lost my grip on a pry bar against some sheet metal. The most I've ever bled out in my life. I had to get a tetanus shot also, and remember the doctor telling me how close the cuts came in centimeters from me severing the nerves in those fingers. I wasn't carrying on body 24/7 then like I am today though. Good luck to you, a speedy recovery, and like I say-look at the new weak hand survival tactics as a blessing in disguise.

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    This is a good lesson-learned for everyone who doesn't practice shooting weak-hand on a regular basis. I try to do at least a quarter to a third of my range time practice with my left hand. Obviously, I am not as proficient as I with my strong (right) hand; but I am a lot better than I would be if I didn't practice, and if I had to shoot weak-handed, I know I can do so...

    I hope you heal quick, and make the most of the opportunity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    This is a good lesson-learned for everyone who doesn't practice shooting weak-hand on a regular basis. I try to do at least a quarter to a third of my range time practice with my left hand. Obviously, I am not as proficient as I with my strong (right) hand; but I am a lot better than I would be if I didn't practice, and if I had to shoot weak-handed, I know I can do so...

    I hope you heal quick, and make the most of the opportunity!

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    +1 Originally Right handed trained myself as a LH shooter since I was Left Eyed dominant. (bought into the highschool and college coach preaching) it has proven to me I'm faster and more accurate transissioning. However, if I want to transition back to my RH I have no trouble since that is really my strong side.

    Right now I might be in the same boat as you since my P-nerve on my left side is really starting to act up. Therefore I might start wearing a RH holster soon. If you understand the mechanics of how your gun works this is not a problem, I encouarage anybody to shoot unusual positions since when the rounds start coming inbound. Your Perfect squared up I stance or Weaver stance may not exist.
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    Geez, sorry to hear about that; I certainly hope everything comes back for you.

    In the meantime, you can simply teach yourself how to shoot with your off hand. I did back in 1989 when I broke my left hand when someone's face accidentally hit my hand several times; After learning how to shoot right handed, I kept right on doing it to the present.

    The advantage I have, though is that I kill everybody on the weak hand stages during matches, because since I shoot well with either hand, I really have no weak hand.

    So have hope. You can actually turn a weakness in your game into an advantage.
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    Try a revolver

    It's my experience that I do better with a revolver in my weak hand than with a semi-auto. That hand is weaker, and I experience the occasional stovepipe -- especially when I'm out of practice -- since I can't hold the firearm quite as steady.

    Obviously, you may have different results, and it should be less of a problem as you gain strength (and confidence) in your weak hand. It's also possible (particularly if you do the kind of work your post suggests) that your hands are much stronger than mine in the first place. But I think a revolver would be a good interim approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    +1 Originally Right handed trained myself as a LH shooter since I was Left Eyed dominant. (bought into the highschool and college coach preaching) it has proven to me I'm faster and more accurate transissioning. However, if I want to transition back to my RH I have no trouble since that is really my strong side.

    Right now I might be in the same boat as you since my P-nerve on my left side is really starting to act up. Therefore I might start wearing a RH holster soon. If you understand the mechanics of how your gun works this is not a problem, I encouarage anybody to shoot unusual positions since when the rounds start coming inbound. Your Perfect squared up I stance or Weaver stance may not exist.
    +2 but the opposite. I am left handed in almost everything but shooting, as I learned to shoot from my father, ROTC rifle team and the Marine Corps, all on long guns and I'm right eye dominant, to the point that I can't close my right eye by itself. With handgun, both eyes are open but its easier to shoot right handed, as the right eye takes over. I practice about a third to half of the time with my "weak" hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmwb View Post
    I pinched a couple of fingers pretty good between an engine stand and the block that was mounted on it the other day. Severed a couple of arteries and did some significant tissue damage, but the prognosis is about 80% in favor of me not loosing any fingers at this point.

    Of course, it was my shooting hand that was damaged, so I will not be drawing, much less shooting with that hand for some time. I'll need to come up with a LH IWB holster for the time being. Any advise, in addition to lots of practice, for expediting proficiency with the weak side? Responses will be appreciated.

    Hey I feel your pain.....today i was sharping my K-bar and it was getting pretty sharp too and I slipped and ran my middle finger and pinky across the blade neadless to say took a good chunk out of my nuckle about half inch....but oh well whata gonna do..... stuff happen......sounds like yours is really bad....I'll say a prayer for you and you say one for me and we'll be good to go....and be back on the range before you know it.........

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    I feel your pain. I'm right handed but shoot left handed. Just last month I had just sharpened by fillet knife and was cleaning fish. The bass I was cleaning decided to flop. And I cut my index finger in a perfect "C" right across the front face of the finger all the way to the bone. It made a nice fillet. I got to the emergency room and the doctor sewed it back together. But I still don't have all the feeling back. Luckily muscle memory seems to be more important that feeling. I hope. It's been a month since it happend and I have about 80 percent of the feeling back.

    Use your other hand as much as possible during this period. There are always ways to adapt.
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    Sorry about the injury but glad to hear the outlook is good. I agree with the others, you are being forced to do what all of us should be doing on a regular basis. I would be doing a lot of dry fire practice in the coming days/weeks.
    Prayers for a speedy recovery!!

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    Sorry about your hand and heal fast.
    Just put your holster on the other side and draw like the old
    cowboys in the movies until you are sure about your hand.

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    Weak side

    I broke my strong hand (I'm a lefty) a while back and was weak side only for a while. What I learned and recommend (besides having everything done before you need it) is first have a set of gear for your CCW you can use weak handed. This can be hard if you're looking for left side gear for a rare or odd pistol. Not as many choices out there. Second, get to the range and get a "qualification" done. Know your abilities, limitations, and what you need to work on. Could be weak eye issues, manipulating the controls, trigger control, etc. For me it was reloading with a flipper instead of a hand. Dry fire and practice is very important, too. And please don't forget that with a bandage or a cast you look like like the weak Gazelle to the Lions. You need to carry now more than ever even if it is uncomfortable or inconvenient.

    My injury gun was a Glock 19. High capacity means less (slow, fumbling) reloads, Easy trigger with no unnecessary controls, 9mm shoots comfortably with minimal recoil, and leather and mag pouches are a dime a dozen. After I healed it stayed as one of my best CCW guns.

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    Everyone should shoot reg. both hands strong, weak, LH, RH and switch eyes too. What if that happened in a gunfight? If your covers right side or left side, being able to switch means less exposure also. One suggestion if family is cool is do isometrics with empty firearm to build up muscles while watching the boob tube. You can also train eyes at same time sighting on the actors.

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    Thanks for the input. As good a time as any to reiterate safety in all things. An engine stand is designed to pivot to allow easy access to top, bottom, and sides. There is a locking pin that keeps it from pivoting when you need it not to. I neglected to use the locking pin. Pays not to cut corners on safety in any areas of our lives.


    The break was amazingly clean. Nothing a couple of pins can't take care of. Soft tissue damage from a crush wound on the other hand...


    Fortunately there was a hand specialist available that night who was willing to make the 75 mile trip to our hospital to do the work. It took 5 1/2 hrs of surgery to put things mostly right.

    I'll be working on my lefty skills. Being left eye dominant, I've shot a bow LH for years. Who knows, my accuracy may even improve.

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