Defensive Carry banner

Do you shoot from the same "side" for both pistol and long guns?

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

    Votes: 40 62.5%
  • I am left handed and shoot both pistol and rifle from the left side.

    Votes: 5 7.8%
  • I shoot my pistol right handed, but my rifle from my left shoulder.

    Votes: 9 14.1%
  • I shoot my pistol left handed, but my rifle from my right shoulder.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 10 15.6%

  • Total voters
    64
21 - 40 of 47 Posts

·
Banned
Joined
·
232 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,652 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,419 Posts
Discussion Starter #24
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"?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,628 Posts
Right handed but have shot both hand gun and rifle with both for most of my shooting life.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,652 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,419 Posts
Discussion Starter #27
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?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,879 Posts
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.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
791 Posts
I chose Other.

I'm a Southpaw for most things, but am right eye dominate, and shoot handguns & rifles right handed. (The exception being when I practice weak hand shooting, which ain't easy.)

I play guitar and bass right handed as well.

Not ambidextrous at all.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
404 Posts
I am right eye dominant and shoot pistols, shotguns, and rifles right handed.

My wife is left eye dominant, she shoots pistols right handed and shotguns and rifles left handed. For her, shooting pump shotguns was really easier - since her dominant hand worked the pump. She really hasn't done a lot of rifle shooting, but has done a lot of defensive shotgun work in the past.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,349 Posts
I'm a lefty and can shoot with either hand for pistol and am slightly better with my right hand.

I shoot rifle mainly left but can do the other if necessary.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
232 Posts
However it's determined, the dominant eye is the one you would naturally use to see things clearer when the desire to focus clearly on an object is done voluntarily. Even if a person's eyes are both close to the accepted norm of 20/20 or better most still prefer one over the other because the term 20/20 is rather ambiguous.

My ophthalmologist told me that very seldom are peoples eyes both the exact same strength. If they are different (close to 20/20 in one, close to 25/20 in the other for example) then it's a no-brainer. In my case I have close to 20/20 (corrected) in my left eye, and close to 20/40 (corrected) in my right eye. Basically legally blind in my right eye although I do have excellent peripheral vision out of it.

The finger covering a vertical object test described really doesn't adequately determine which eye would be used as the dominant eye, but it does determine which eye is lazier than the other. For instance, I work with guy that has a seriously lazy eye, but he has very good uncorrected vision out of both eyes. He can use both eyes together when he concentrates. But he tells me that he is right eye dominate because that's the one that his brain usually uses to look at people when he's talking to them. But I've caught him talking to me with his left eye focused on me... or he was looking beyond me with his right eye...the guys are eyes are just creepy regardless.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,914 Posts
I chose "other". I carry pistol's daily for right-handed strong-side draw & (what amounts to weak-side) left-handed draw. A finger injury some time back left me "left-handed" for about 14 months, so I became proficient with both hands, with a handgun. I can shoot long guns also, weak-handed, but not as well as I handle pistols ambidextrously.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,879 Posts
Close one eye and then the other.
It always moves. If you line it up with the right eye then switch to the left it moves. If your line it up with the left then switch to the right it moves.

I've never understood how to figure this out.

My dad just explained it like this. Make a circle with both hands with your thumbs and fingers touching and look through the hole at an object. Now close one eye then the other, one should align with the object. If this is a good way to test then I'm right eye dominant.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,652 Posts
It always moves. If you line it up with the right eye then switch to the left it moves. If your line it up with the left then switch to the right it moves.

I've never understood how to figure this out.

My dad just explained it like this. Make a circle with both hands with your thumbs and fingers touching and look through the hole at an object. Now close one eye then the other, one should align with the object. If this is a good way to test then I'm right eye dominant.
Thay sounds like a good method. It is a variation of holding both hands extended straight out. Hold palms away from you, fingers up. Open your thumbs to the inside (thumbs pointing toward each other). Rotate your hands and overlap them so there is a teardrop shaped hole between the webbing of your thumbs.

With both eyes open, look through the hole at a somewhat distant object (20+ feet). Without moving your head, close one eye. Still see the target? That is your dominant eye. Don't see the target? Try the other eye.

Now, you will see people moving, shifting, and compensating to get the eye they want, or to cheat the test. (They can try to cheat your dad's version too). That is where my instruction advice comes in. Anyone can try to manipulate or compensate. Natural point of aim will just give a more efficient result.

But people can choose to spend their time, ammo, and money on whatever makes them feel good.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
88 Posts
The variant that I was told was to do the extended hand/triangle or tear drop with both eyes open. Focus on your distant point and then bring your hands back, keeping that distant thing in the center of the opening while both eyes are open. Your hands will pull back in front of one eye or the other, and that would be the dominant eye. Interestingly enough, migraineurs (which I am, though at least my triggers are mostly avoidable) are more likely to be left-eye dominant.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,362 Posts
I'm right-handed, but left eye dominant. But I didn't know about the dominance until just a couple years ago.

I have always shot long guns right handed, and when I first started shooting a pistol three or four years ago, I taught myself right handed. But I struggled with the sight picture. Then I found out why. I have adjusted and do okay, but I wish I had known about eye dominance back when I was a teenager. I probably could have taught myself to shoot left-handed, and been much better at dove and quail hunting. My cousins were all better than me.

But at this stage of my life, I am not going to retrain myself to shoot long guns left handed, nor pistols for that matter.
 
21 - 40 of 47 Posts
Top