November 5th, 2006 08:44 PM
training the other hand
How many of you have trained themselves to shoot with the other hand? Being right handed and doing a lot of work around my vehicle and the house I have injured my right hand on more than one occasion (sometimes pretty bad, putting it out of commision for a while).
Anyways, since I started carrying fairly recently I have realized that if I injure my right hand I'm SOL.... so I will try to teach myself to shoot with my left hand. How many of you have done that? Any tips?
November 5th, 2006 08:54 PM
Practice practice practice thats all ya can do
I'm Left handed and have had to train the right i have had right shoulder rebuilt twice and it take a lot of practice to keep me shooting good right handed thats all i can really tell ya
November 5th, 2006 09:00 PM
It is so easy to forget the weak hand - but practice we must.
I easily forget about that when at the range - until sometimes near finished and then oops - better do some weak hand drills. I have always tried to do this but am aware that it is never as much as I should.
One good thing in IDPA shoots, is there is usually at least one stage where weak hand has to be used - it is a salutary reminder usually re how we do need to train with it.
It is also, even tho pretty tricky to do - necessary to be able to aquire the piece with weak hand - from carry rig. No easy answer usually but it is certainly vital to have found at least some method you can make work, even if clumsy compared to normal.
Main thing is to keep gun secure and controlled.
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November 5th, 2006 09:03 PM
As Bud said, practice. shooting airsoft weak hand helps too.
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November 5th, 2006 09:07 PM
I'm actually thinking about ordering one holster for left side for a "rainy" day.
Originally Posted by P95Carry
November 5th, 2006 09:27 PM
Had To Shoot...
weak hand in a couple of courses...but haven't done much else!
Probably a good idea to do a little more...
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November 5th, 2006 09:41 PM
I took a few course with mirrored set ups. I would alternate hands for every drill. It did not take long at all to get over that "retarded" feeling.
November 5th, 2006 09:52 PM
I would highly recommend weak hand practice. There are millions of ways to reduce you to only your weak hand in a fight for your life, and murphy has a way of showing up at precisely the wrong time. One thing to remember when practicing weak hand is that many find that a slight inward cant on the gun (not "gangsta" style, just 15-25 degrees or so) dramiatically helps with recoil control and follow up shot splits. Just food for thought.
November 5th, 2006 10:09 PM
I'm basically ambi in most everything, though I shoot right handed with pistols the majority of the time as the controls are always more conducive to the "righties".
I practice the "Enhanced Peripheral Vision" [ EPV ]© TM I developed for the courses using two guns at the same time quite often, so both hands get a workout simultaneously. Sometimes with the same weapons platform, other times with different guns in either hand and swapped back and forth.
One of the two easiest ways I've discovered for getting others to become ambi in many things in life is double stick training [ kali or escrima ] and the EPV workouts at the range. 10 hours on the sticks really gets people to use their "other" hand quite easily in other areas like this discussion where shooting is concerned.
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November 5th, 2006 10:13 PM
I train weak-hand (and weak-hand only) drills fairly regularly. I even have a left-hand holster or two.
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November 6th, 2006 04:22 AM
Training with left hand, I Found, I'm not too bad.
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November 6th, 2006 07:13 AM
Training with your non-dominate hand is really important, but I must admit that I have not done it enough. While taking a FOF course recently, I was amazed at how often others and I were hit in the hand with the airsoft rounds.
Really need to start including this in my training…
November 6th, 2006 02:55 PM
Have any of you folks practiced performing reloads and/or racking the slide using only one hand (right or left)?
Our practice group does these on occasion. It’s not all that difficult to perform a reload by capturing your gun between your knees, in a holster or in a pocket while inserting a new magazine. It’s not at all difficult to rack the slide by catching the ejection port or rear sight on your belt, holster, heel, or by trapping the slide upside down between your knees or in the crook of a bent knee.
I’m just curious to see if anyone else practices stuff like this.
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November 6th, 2006 03:23 PM
I've done one-handed reloads and clearance drills, but I don't practice them much (I probably should, though). I have recently added one-handed practice (both strong and weak hands), and weak-hand draws to my dry fire routine, along with some shooting in weak side two-handed fire (for shooting around the left side of cover).
Originally Posted by Harold Green
One thing I've discovered is that I have to consciously put my weak-hand trigger finger in register. My strong hand trigger finger goes to register automatically, without conscious thought. Hopefully if I keep up with the weak hand practice, my weak-hand trigger finger will develop the same autopilot as my strong hand.
November 6th, 2006 03:28 PM
I always practice firing from retention, which is one handed for me, at 10' and less every range session (about once a month). This is both to keep my muscle memory at hitting close targets with out using the sights, and becuase I think that a CCW incident is going to by close. I have done weak hand drills, but not enough.
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