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  • I am right handed and shoot both pistol and rifle from the right side.

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  • I am left handed and shoot both pistol and rifle from the left side.

    5 7.81%
  • I shoot my pistol right handed, but my rifle from my left shoulder.

    9 14.06%
  • I shoot my pistol left handed, but my rifle from my right shoulder.

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    Left-handed and lefty dominant for EVERYTHING except kicking a ball. That is done with my right foot.
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    I am legally blind in the right eye since birth, but am right handed.I shoot my hand guns right handed but my rife and shotgun on my left shoulder to get a good "sight" with my left eye.
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    My Father shot a pistol right handed and a shotgun left handed. He also shot pool left handed.
    I'm the exact same, as are my sons.
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    Pistol carry right hand can shoot right or left, rifle lefty.
    I also shoot pool lefty.
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    Born with a lazy right eye. Left eye dominate as a result. Shoot lefty with a long gun, both with a handgun but I prefer right handed. I shoot with both eyes open.
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    Right handed, left eye dominant. While I can shoot with both hands equally well, I'm more comfortable shooting as a lefty.
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    One should really shoot from their dominant eye side. A rifle scope will enable one to shoot with the opposite eye, but they you are learning various compensation techniques to mask the issue when using open sights. Learn to use the correct (eye) side for rifles and pistols. Technique is the same and reinforces good muscle memory habits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    One should really shoot from their dominant eye side. A rifle scope will enable one to shoot with the opposite eye, but they you are learning various compensation techniques to mask the issue when using open sights. Learn to use the correct (eye) side for rifles and pistols. Technique is the same and reinforces good muscle memory habits.
    I am not saying you are wrong, but what is the source for your advice? What makes one eye, even if it is the "dominant" eye, the "correct eye"?
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    Right handed but have shot both hand gun and rifle with both for most of my shooting life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    I am not saying you are wrong, but what is the source for your advice? What makes one eye, even if it is the "dominant" eye, the "correct eye"?
    The dominant eye is correct by definition. It is not like handedness. Training an opposite hand trigger finger is easy. Shooting with the non dominant eye causes all sorts of problems with open sights.

    I've seen people cause themselves all sorts of issues that they cover up or compensate. A little practice with proper fundamentals would make them more efficient and a better shot. But it's their time and their money. They can do what they want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    The dominant eye is correct by definition. It is not like handedness. Training an opposite hand trigger finger is easy. Shooting with the non dominant eye causes all sorts of problems with open sights.
    Again, what is the source for your information?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    Again, what is the source for your information?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
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    Okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I am left-handed. I could not hit or catch a baseball growing up. I had a hard time qualifying with the M1 Garand in Navy boot-camp. I was great with the M2 (Ma Deuce) .50 BMG.

    When I attended Marine Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton in 1969, the weapons instructor checked me for eye dominance. I am very left-handed and very right eye dominant. He had me switch to shooting right-handed and I qualified expert. I shoot a rifle right-handed. I can shoot a handgun from either hand, but carry right-handed.

    To check for eye dominance, hold one finger vertically and cover a vertical item like a fence post, telephone pole, or tree in the distance. Close one eye at a time. The one that stays over the distant item is the dominant eye. The one that moves off of the item is the non-dominant eye.
    How does this work? If you focus on your finger there will be 2 fence posts in the distance. If you focus on the fence post there will be 2 fingers.

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