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Training for shooting with either hand

This is a discussion on Training for shooting with either hand within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I always incorporate some strong hand only and off hand only shooting into my range sessions. For one thing it is a good skill to ...

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    I always incorporate some strong hand only and off hand only shooting into my range sessions.
    For one thing it is a good skill to master in case your strong arm becomes damaged and also as another poster stated, I shoot IDPA two or three times a month and it is rare not to have an off hand stage ot two.


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    I do shot weak hand, but it's no thing of beauty.
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    Within the past two years, four of my friends have had various injuries that kept them each from being able to shoot with their strong hands (shoulder replacement, broken arm, carpal tunnel surgery, and another shoulder replacement) for awhile. Go figure!

    The day after my friend broke his arm, he asked me to accompany him to the range. We very cautiously ran through the basics and he was good to go, as he was well-practiced with the off hand and just needed to double check that all would be well for him. He dug his left hand holster out of the holster box and that was it.

    One of my other friends also asked me to proctor a trip to the range, and did not fare so well. This person had never really shot with the non-dominant hand, so we needed to start from the very beginning, which was difficult because pain was a distraction. After a lot of work, I felt my friend was a lot safer and more able to use the firearm efficiently, but it sure would have been much easier if the learning process could have started when there was no injury and no pain to complicate matters. Also, this friend's wait for a holster took almost as long as the healing process did. What a shame there wasn't one in the holster box!

    You don't have to become Wyatt Earp with either hand, but just familiarizing yourself with the basic manipulations and having the tools on hand will go a long way if you ever injure yourself and want to continue carrying a handgun.

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    When I go to the range, I practice off hand as well, though my range time is way down due to unemployment. In Nevada, to get your CCW permit, you have to qualify with each gun that you want to carry, and the distances are 3 yards, 7 yards, and 15 yards, and you shoot 6shots, reload, and fire 6 more in 1 minute. For the 3 yard stage, you have to shoot 6 shots with each hand. Not much distance, but at least it gives you the idea of working with both hands.

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    Weak hand shooting is part of my proficiency test for CHP training.

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    I developed my weak hand shooting skill as a former paintball player. I know it sounds silly but I would shoot thousands of paintballs during practice sessions and now it is second nature to me. Paintball has come and gone in my life but the weak hand skills remain. : )
    I havenít heard any of the journalists who volunteered to be waterboarded asking to have their fingernails wrenched out with pliers, or electrodes attached to their genitals.

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    Once upon a time, I had a more skilled left hand, and a stronger right hand, because I was, curiously enough, left-handed but right-armed. More curiously, I tended to shoot certain guns better as a lefty, and some better as a righty. All of this gave me a head start shooting with each hand being the "primary" hand. Good thing, too, as my formerly strong hand is now my weak hand, as in truly weaker, due to an old shoulder injury, and some newer nerve issues that are caused by spinal issues and, it seems, a touch of CTS. (At work, I reach over to my right to a computer, and type mostly with my right hand.)

    Do learn to shoot with either hand; someday, health issues or injury may compel you to do so. Best to be ahead of the game.

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    Reading an account of the April 1986 shooutout in Dade County, Florida, FBI agents versus Platt and Mattix, will quickly show how hands and arms tend to get hit in gunfights. I recently attended a training seminar taught by an instructor from LAPD, and even though he did not make an effort to emphasize the point, I noted that several of the shotouts he cited involved hits to the arms and hands. One of my co-workers was hit in the forearm of his support hand, and barely escaped having it amputated by the doctors, as the damage was so severe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    Reading an account of the April 1986 shooutout in Dade County, Florida, FBI agents versus Platt and Mattix, will quickly show how hands and arms tend to get hit in gunfights. I recently attended a training seminar taught by an instructor from LAPD, and even though he did not make an effort to emphasize the point, I noted that several of the shotouts he cited involved hits to the arms and hands. One of my co-workers was hit in the forearm of his support hand, and barely escaped having it amputated by the doctors, as the damage was so severe.
    They say that's because during a gunfight it's hard not to focus on the gun pointing at you. If you are looking at their gun guess where your shots are going to go?
    I havenít heard any of the journalists who volunteered to be waterboarded asking to have their fingernails wrenched out with pliers, or electrodes attached to their genitals.

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