Right handed, but left eye dominant.

Discussion in 'Anything Else' started by TheGuyver, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. TheGuyver

    TheGuyver New Member

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    So I just found out why I'm not that great of a shot.

    I'm trying to sight the gun with my right eye, but my brain wants to accept info from my left instead. [-X

    So now, I'm wearing a black piece of cardboard taped to the inside of my left glasses lens, so I can train my brain to be right eye dominant. Talk about a weird freaking sensation. I read that it can take a few weeks for the brain to adapt.... 8-O

    Has anyone else experienced anything like this.
     
  2. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    some people learn to shoot leftie, some retrain their eye as your doing, or some just cock their head or shift their gun/stance.

    whatever works for you.
     

  3. FightDesigner

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    Can someone remind me the quick & easy way to test new shooters as to which eye is dominant, short of letting them point a gun at me and looking down the sights backwards?

    Going to be taking a couple to the range in the next week or two. Actresses supposed to be playing Lara Croft and Witchblade in an upcoming indie fanflick...
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Same problem for me: Left eye dominant, but I'm right handed. I don't have any trouble with pistol shooting, but just sight with my left eye and it works great. I'm a better than average shot with my Steyr M40, Browning Highpower in .40, S&W 44mag, and a 6" Browning Buckmark 22. I tilt my head down and over a bit, chin nearly resting on my right biceps with the arms extended. Close your right eye and try that. For rifle shooting I use my right eye (have to, really). Since I'm primarily a deer and elk hunter with (scoped) long guns, this works fine. But I'm not the best shotgunner there ever was, that's for sure . . . I really have to think and work hard to look over the gun and point at the bird.
    I'm a corrective-lens glasses wearer (not contacts) and have to make sure the upper left of my left lens is clean, since that's the corner I sight through when pistol shooting. I tend to have glasses with fairly large lenses; my shooting shades are large-size Rayban Aviator frames with the prescription in polarized shatterproof glass; there is plenty of glass for me to sight through in those. I think retraining my brain would be tough for me, since I've got a system that works and it would hurt to have to think so hard :wink:
     
  5. FlaChef

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    some people have different ways. I just hold my thimb out at arms length and cover something w/ it w/ both eyes open. Then close one eye, then the other.

    whichever eye the item stays covered is dominant. When your thumb "jumps" when closing one eye that is the non-dominant one.
     
  6. TheGuyver

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    ^^^ That is definately the best way, but you have to rely on the other person to tell you the truth..... but since it is for their own good, they shouldn't lie about it.

    I don't know a way for someone else to tell.
     
  7. FightDesigner

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    Yeah... only problem with that is half the time when I ask someone to do that, they just ask "which of the two thumbs should I be lining up with the thing on the other end of the room?"

    Some people think about these things too much...
     
  8. TheGuyver

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    Have them use a pen, in their right hand, then you cover the eyes, one at a time, and have them tell you when the pen seems to jump, and they can see the target.

    Then you know which eye is dominant, the one you covered up.
     
  9. hud

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    another way is to hold your hands open, palms away from you and make a circle between your index finger and thumbs. sight an object across the room through the circle with both eyes open. then shut one eye at a time. whichever eye keeps the object in the circle is your dominate eye. Pretty much the same as using your thumb. I discovered years ago that I was left eye dominate while shooting my revolver. I noticed I was sighing with my left eye. I switched to the right eye and a few minutes later, discovered I had switched back to the left without realizing it. Since then, I just sight with my left, and have discovered I can shoot with both eyes open and my sight picture still shows through my left eye. whatever works!
     
  10. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    WIERD!!!
    using that circle meathod I get SOME shift w/ both eyes, though not nearly as much w/ my right eye.
     
  11. soapyballs

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    The method I learned was like Hud's but instead of a circle I made a triangle with both hands.
     
  12. hihoslva

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    Here's an easy dominance test.

    Point at something with both eyes open. Use your index finger, and hold your hand about 6" from your face.

    Without moving, close each eye. With your dominant eye, you'll still be pointing at your object. With the weak eye, your finger will jump.

    I'm left-eye dominant and right handed. It's extremely common. And while some people will tell you to try to fix it, I don't see the point. I shoot pistols fine using my left eye.

    I can see it being a problem - maybe - with rifles, where it's hard to get your left eye lined up with the sights with your cheek on the stock. But whateva. I don't even own any rifles right now........
     
  13. TheGuyver

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    I found this on the web;

    Quite an interesting read.

    I suffer from;

    inconsistent retrieval of information
    forgetfulness and
    good memory for trivia
    The trivia thing isn't so bad, but it does make people that I don't know very well, tend to think I'm a 'Know it all'.


     
  14. Guest

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    Luckily I am right eye dominent. I do have a buddy that is a lefty, but he just shoots with both eyes open and it really isn't that big of a deal. If we are shooting groups at 20 yards he will usually out shoot me.
     
  15. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    so who, what, or where is this NACD fella?
     
  16. TheGuyver

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    I'm right handed / left eyed (cross dominant). When I shoot IDPA, I just shift my head slightly and use my left eye. If I'm target shooting, I close my left eye. It's a lot bigger deal if you're shooting a shotgun, which I don't do very well.

    Most MLB players are cross dominant.