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Old 05-30-2012, 03:52 PM   #11
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Do you know the logical behind not "changing" eye dominance? That is something, like your "more rounded shooter" argument, that I think would make one a "more rounded observer"

It's been awhile and I don't remember the specifics behind why it was "a bad idea" in the minds of some. I know for me it simply didn't work and just confused the issue. Though, my left eye is definitely stronger (aside from being dominant) and that may have had something to do with my lack of success. It may be easier if your sight is equally as good in the eye you're trying to "train".

I just remember that most (it wasn't a universal opinion) of those who's credentials impressed and who's opinion I tended to give more weight* (like LAV and another top trainer whos name escapes me at the moment) recommended making the switch to lefty for rifles and they certainly didn't seem to suffer for it. I didn't listen... At first.


* That applies to cross dominant shooters, those who deal with them regularly, as well as doctors in the field. Most of the "change your eye dominance" crowd were "gamers" (like skeet shooters and such) and less in the high level "tactical/defense"- crowd.

Cross dominance is a highly individualized thing though... So, YMMV.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:39 PM   #12
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Have you tried shooting lefty? I practice with both hands wich is why I like ambidextrous guns. I am left eye dominant. I shoot better with my right hand with both eyes open. It is a comfort to know I can shoot with my left hand if I need too. Ed
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How long you figure?
That really depends on you. You don't have to block off the eye all day, just do exercises that work on changing it.

Here are some websites about it:

Cross Eye Dominance Exercises | LIVESTRONG.COM

How to overcome cross-dominance - Mississippi Sportsman

How Do I Change Eye Dominance? | eHow.com

A good PDF, specifically surrounding shooting:

www.easyhit.com/misc/MasterEyeDominanceArticle.pdf


In the first 5 pages of Google results, I didn't see anything that indicated it was a bad idea. I saw a few that said it's not easy, but it is possible.
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I don't think there's a serious threat of going cross eyed or anything.

But it was a bad idea for me. Because I wasted a couple years of putting scotch tape on my glasses and other junk. Only to find after it was removed my left eye would take back over (in short order if not immediately).

Time which could have been spent on making myself a better shooter and working with my natural strengths.

I know if I'm teaching a new shooter and I notice they're cross dominant I immediately start having them shoot from the dominant eye. Every trainer I'm aware of does the same. So unless you're and old dog incapable of learning new tricks (I think I made it just before the cut off)... I think you're better off looking at it as a challenge and an opportunity for self improvement.
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Some how I don't think wearing a set of red ladies panties over your eye will make you into the image of a pirate. It might make you into an image of something else, but certainly not a pirate!
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what he said.....
I too shoot pistols right handed left eye dominant
rifles left handed... I never had a problem with it at all.....
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Here is an interesting article that talks about cross eye dominance. Seems he had success with the pistol just going with the cross dominance.

WARRIOR TALK NEWS - Right Hand, Left Eye, One Way-Wrong Way

Worth a shot. And I think that his message is more important above all; to find what works best for you and stick with it.
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Does the Marine Corp. still force everybody to shoot a rifle righty? Do they do the same with pistols? What about the other branches? Ed
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As far as I know, lefties can shoot left handed. Everything in the marksmanship manuals are written for a right handed shooter though. I remember left handed shooters on the rifle range and in the armory we constantly switched out the M9 mag release from right to left for left handed shooters.

If the regular military were really on the ball though, we'd be teaching everyone to use both sides. Just not enough time or resources I think.

Great question though, because I never really paid attention to it as I am right handed, I really had to think back!
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If they were on the ball they'd teach both hands and buy ambidextrous guns. Ed
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