What hand to shoot with?

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    What hand to shoot with?

    I'm left handed and left eye dominant but have always shot right handed. I've shot rifles quite a bit and pistols off and on but always right handed. It feels a little odd to handle a pistol left handed. Should I just continue using my right hand or should I retrain my left hand so that I'm shooting with my dominant eye?

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    I believe you should shoot with whichever hand feels most comfortable and give you the most accuracy. If you can get some range time, try shooting with either and see how it feels.
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    I believe that you have answered your own question.
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    Think about how many baseball players are right-handed but bat left-handed and vice versa.
    It shooting right-handed isn't causing a problem, why change now and start all over?
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    If you carry for self defense, the answer is both. Maybe not as often with the non-dominant hand, but I think you should be able to pass the concealed carry test with your non-dominant hand.

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    You've all made good points. I'm going to the range tonight so I'll compare both hands and see which is more accurate. If there isn't a significant difference I'll just use my right hand and disregard eye dominance.

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    I've made my decision; I'm going to drive on right handed. I burned 150 rounds last night alternating hands and found that I'm way more accurate with the right. Even shooting one handed I was better right handed, and it just felt right. Thanks for all the input.

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    I used to think I was ambidextrous, but then I just realized that my strong hand was so poor at shooting, that it was no problem for my weak hand to keep up with it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    I believe you should shoot with whichever hand feels most comfortable and give you the most accuracy. If you can get some range time, try shooting with either and see how it feels.
    I'll second this.

    And whatever hand you choose to shoot dominatly with, also learn/practice using the other (weak hand) as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankmako View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
    If you carry for self defense, the answer is both. Maybe not as often with the non-dominant hand, but I think you should be able to pass the concealed carry test with your non-dominant hand.
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    To account for the possibility of your dominant hand being busy or injured.

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    Train both hands, even if you normally shoot only with one of them.
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    Thanks for the input. I've heard a lot of you recommend training both hands which is a very good idea. It's better to be proficient with both of course but I'm always going to carry strong side and unless my hand gets shot off before I can neutralize the threat I'll be shooting with the right. Because of this most of my training will also be done with the right hand.

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