Found another reason to train with my weak hand

Found another reason to train with my weak hand

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    Found another reason to train with my weak hand

    I don't think I have ever heard this talked about, but last night something happened (which happens frequently) that made me realize I should shoot more left handed. I awoke at 3am to use the bathroom. I quickly realized I had no use of my right arm. I had slept on it and it was completely numb. It took a good 5 minutes to fully recover.

    I got to thinking, if someone was breaking in to my home and I awoke to the sounds I would have had to fight with my weak hand. I always figure I'll have a two handed, proper grip and stance. This taught me otherwise.

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    I pulled a muscle and also developed tendinitis in my right arm 3 weeks ago. I am glad I feel very comfortable using my weak hand shooting.
    I even found a way to rack the slide and chamber a round with my only my weak hand.

    To my way of thinking, these are more useful skills than just about anything.
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    Perhaps I'm obsessive, but I've always forced myself to use my weak hand for regular activities.

    When playing sports with my son, I'll bat and throw weak-handed. If I'm carrying something heavy, it'll be with the weak hand. Hence, shooting isn't a reach. I really don't shoot much worse ('says something about my strong hand skills, doesn't it? ). Now my weak-handed draw looks like I'm afflicted, and I can't write lefty, but I do think it's worthwhile to keep that spare arm busy.
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    That's a situation I had not thought about, thanks for sharing it. I'll definitely have to practice more with my off hand. I don't want to be in a situation where I would have to say something like "could you wait a minute my gun arms asleep". I'm sure the bg's would be more than willing to comply don't you?
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    i enjoy shooting with my support side. makes my strong side look that much better. yukyuk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    I don't think I have ever heard this talked about, but last night something happened (which happens frequently) that made me realize I should shoot more left handed. I awoke at 3am to use the bathroom. I quickly realized I had no use of my right arm. I had slept on it and it was completely numb. It took a good 5 minutes to fully recover.

    I got to thinking, if someone was breaking in to my home and I awoke to the sounds I would have had to fight with my weak hand. I always figure I'll have a two handed, proper grip and stance. This taught me otherwise.

    Training is so important if you truly want to be a student of the gun.
    And think how much worse the situation would be if you kept your weapon in C3.
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    It's a shame that we have to be PROVOKED by a medical issue into an understanding that our dominate hand isn't always uniquely & reliably available. IMHO, we should incessantly train in the MOST uncomfortable, distracting, "unlikely" conditions. Loud noise, walking backwards, on uneven gravel, weak handed, in bad light, etc. Murphy isn't famous for being a convenient guest. He shows-up in unimaginable circumstances. Train the way you might have to FIGHT!
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    Please understand, what you think would hamper you when you are not under duress is not usually an issue when the stuff hits the fan.

    This is often the case with noise. People do not notice the noise when they are pressed into firing. The same with the number of rounds fired. The shooters seldom can say for certain how many rounds they fired in an extreme situation.

    There have been many people gain incredible strength when it was needed.

    It is a big difference in moving stiff joints voluntarily and doing so out of necessity. YOu would be suprised at how well the joints move when they have to do so.
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    Oh, excuse me. I thought you were talking about a non gun reason. :) Seriously though, I always devote some of my range time to shooting with my left, or wrong hand, every time. Anyone who has been in a few fights or combat knows that you do not always have the use of your good hand sometimes.
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    Though it sounds like a good idea, I admit I have never gone to the range and shot with my non-dominant hand.

    I'm lucky to get to the range (chiefly due to cost of ammo) 3-4 times a month now. Good post. Not sure how to deal with this, except hope it doesn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    It's a shame that we have to be PROVOKED by a medical issue into an understanding that our dominate hand isn't always uniquely & reliably available. IMHO, we should incessantly train in the MOST uncomfortable, distracting, "unlikely" conditions. Loud noise, walking backwards, on uneven gravel, weak handed, in bad light, etc. Murphy isn't famous for being a convenient guest. He shows-up in unimaginable circumstances. Train the way you might have to FIGHT!
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    Anyone practice drawing with the weak hand from your dominate side? Especially if you use a locking or level II or greater holster this can be a bit more difficult .
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    Fortunately I'm ambidextrous [some just say i'm confused!].

    What I can tell you is adrenaline will make that numb arm become un-numb in about a millisecond if your mind perceives a real danger. So you would have been good to go.

    Going to the bathroom, not so much.

    However, the premise of being able to utilize either hand comes into benefit if there is injury involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    I don't think I have ever heard this talked about, but last night something happened (which happens frequently) that made me realize I should shoot more left handed. I awoke at 3am to use the bathroom. I quickly realized I had no use of my right arm. I had slept on it and it was completely numb. It took a good 5 minutes to fully recover.

    I got to thinking, if someone was breaking in to my home and I awoke to the sounds I would have had to fight with my weak hand. I always figure I'll have a two handed, proper grip and stance. This taught me otherwise.

    Training is so important if you truly want to be a student of the gun.
    There's been a few times that I've done the same thing. For some reason in the middle of sleeping, I guess I feel the need at some point to sleep with my arm above my head and when I wake up, it's "dumb" enough that I've had to use my other hand to get it out of that position. Not a good feeling when you stop and think of how useless it is for a while. Not to mention being painful on the shoulder.
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