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Weird to be left handed in pistol and right handed in rifle?


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#1 CynicBlue

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:56 AM

More or less I'm sort of ambidextrous with both rifle and pistol but when I shoot a pistol its still more comfortable to shoot with my left hand, however my right eye is dominant. I never found out if this would effect my accuracy at all. I want to practice with airsoft guns before I try out any real steel shooting.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:44 AM

Try shooting with both eyes open.  It's normally more convenient to shoot with the same hand as the dominate eye although you can train your other eye with enough practice.  Shooting a pistol with the opposite simply requires slightly canting the pistol toward the dominate eye and works well at normal engagement ranges.  Or tipping your head the other way.  This is common shooting around barricades on the "wrong side."

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:16 AM

I shoot righty with both.  I can shoot lefty pretty well though.  I play so much woodland I had to train myself to shoot from the other side of the tree without exposing my whole body.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

Lil' combat tip for you guys.  Since most folks are right handed they usually (heck, almost universally at this skill level) shoot around barricades like barrels, trees, etc. on their right side -- the left side of the barricade as You look down range.  Guys all "sling-ed up" very often can't transition easily either making this even more common.

Got an "enemy" shooter hiding behind a barricade or tree?  It's an 85% bet he'll pop out on the left as you look at it.  Maximize your odds of getting him.  Of course he may be left handed or read this tip...  :)

North American folks also tend to "keep right" even when moving thru areas with obstacles.  This means guys moving toward you will appear to the left of things (from your point of view) more often to the right.

You can disrupt this pattern by learning to shoot left handed and not getting too tightly wrapped in a sling.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

View PostCynicBlue, on 02 February 2013 - 03:56 AM, said:

More or less I'm sort of ambidextrous with both rifle and pistol but when I shoot a pistol its still more comfortable to shoot with my left hand, however my right eye is dominant. I never found out if this would effect my accuracy at all. I want to practice with airsoft guns before I try out any real steel shooting.
Don't worry about which eye is dominant. Although it's said that it's best to shoot with both eyes open, (I prefer this way just for overall awareness of my surroundings), a very competent shooter named Hickok45 on youtube has competed and won many IPSC and IDPA matches (back in his day) and he finds himself shooting pistols righty, but using his left eye to aim. This makes him tilt his head more towards his shoulder so he can see the target more clearly...

I shoot my pistols right handed, but due to a wrist condition, cannot wrap my right hand completely over a bolt-action rifle type stock. I use my left hand as dominant hand for shooting bolt action rifles/ rifles with stocks with no pistol grip.

Chuck makes an excellent point about the probability of where people/ targets are in terms of when playing airsoft. Since we drive on the right side in America, I guess it's almost customary that we do things on the right side as well. Just don't do them on the wrong side. Heh...

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

I've gotten people on the arm or hand multiple times just taking a random single shot at the left side of the tree. Chuck is definitely right :)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:43 AM

i can use my m4 with on the right and left and learning to use my left eye for sighting. oh yea when practicing use switching your gun to the left or right use a sling cause i had a couple of close ones.




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