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I am right handed and right eye dominant. Shooting has always been fun and felt natural. However, due to LASIK complications it is getting difficult to use my right eye. I have tried using different scopes/reticles and while some are better than others, none have achieved a great sight picture. I am considering just switching over to shooting lefty as my left eye has fewer issues than my right. With pistols this seems to not be a big deal as I can shoot with my right hand but use my left eye. However with rifles, this is obviously harder. I have tried shooting lefty a few times just messing around and it feels totally unnatural. I suppose this is something I could get better at over time.
So would it be better to use dedicated LH rifles if I decide to make the switch? I feel like it’s not necessary but it could be advantageous. I shoot tactically and hunting.
 

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i have been a life long left hand shooter and almost exclusively shot right hand guns. It works for me since on bolt guns I can operate the bolt with my right hand while holding the pistol grip with the left hand.
As far as the right eye getting in the way wear a pair of glasses with scotch tape over the right lense.
 

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It takes a while for left handedness to 'take'. I was assigned to help LH trainees shoot at Ft. Benning so had to learn how first. I've never been able to shoot a shotgun LH, though.
LH rifles have always been scarce and are part of a small, specialized market so it's always good to grab a good LHander anytime you can. You might like it.
 

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I'm a lefty. Always used RH guns except for a LH Stag 5.56 I bought thinking it would be better in some way. I had to sell it because it just felt wrong
 

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Just work on practicing. I taught myself to shoot my first BB gun left handed, only because I didn't know any better. When I got a little older I was taught how "right handed" people shoot.

I'm still perfectly capable/happy to shoot either "handed", just takes some practice

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Yup, give it a try. Some people take to it more easily than others, but practice is the key, either way. With lever guns it doesn't matter much ;)

I went dove hunting not quite two months after rotator cuff surgery on the right shoulder.... want some entertainment? Shoot a shotgun with the non-dominant eye. It can be done! My buddies got some good laughs, but I hit more birds than I thought I would. Which is to say, any at all.... :p
 

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In the 1940's my Dad lost the last three fingers on his right hand in a sawmill accident, leaving only his thumb and forefinger. He was right handed, but could no longer hold a rifle/shotgun grip and operate a trigger with his right hand. He had no problem holding a fore end with his right hand though so, out of necessity (if he wanted to keep hunting), he had to make the switch to lefty. All my growing up years he shot a Stevens 325 bolt action 30-30, a Remington 740 30-06, and a Stevens pump shotgun. He operated the bolt and pump very well with his right hand through the remainder of his life. You can do it, you just have to want it, and practice....stick with your 'right handed' firearms that you have and are used to.
 

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Another "pure" lefty here. I've only owned one left handed rifle and sold it 53 yrs. ago. All I now own are right handed bolt rifles. Not a problem for me, made me learn to shoot better. I have to make the first shot count as the second is a little slower, though I rarely need it...
 

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For a year in college, only rifle we could borrow was a left handed stock Weatherby (in the exaggerated, angular, “California” style back then). Use to shooting, figured a .257 would be a easy to shoot “wrong sided” (not that we had a choice).

Nope...shot it left handed... not because I couldn’t run the mechanics. That rollover would leave face-hickies (hard to hit anything when your eyes are tearing up).
 

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Thanks for the responses. I contacted the eye specialist and explained to him my trouble with the scope. Best case scenario is that he can improve on the lens I currently have and I won’t need to change anything. I’m gonna go shooting this weekend or next and do some experimentation. I’m thinking I could buy a cheap LH Savage or something to mess around with just to see how it feels.
 

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A lefty shooting a right handed rifle



So easy even a Marine can do it.

RJ
 

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Had to go to go to airguns (recoiless match rifles) to get the MOST one sided stocking I have a picture of.

SUNP0003-6_zps48a0e86b by Robert Dean, on Flickr


Everything about these does make for one sided off hand shooting….nothing about them makes for “wrong” sided shooting. Even without recoil, you will not want to snuggle up to that stock from the “wrong” side.

Shooting "wrong sided" and add even moderate recoil, and there will be pain.
 

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I'm a left-handed shooter. I adapted to right handed guns and basically roll bolt guns to the left and reach over to shuck the bolt. Once LH guns became available I started buying them. Getting a LH rifle will make you more efficient in operating the rifle, but isn't necessary as you can modify and adapt your manual of arms to run the gun well enough.
 

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When my wife decided she wanted to learn how to shoot, after some difficulties, we figured out she is right-handed, left eye-dominant. Yeah, that's weird. So she adjusts her stance for handguns, but we really haven't figured out long guns.
Plus, I'm her husband. How much domestic strife should we willingly sign up for?
 

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I was right handed and right eye dominant .... untill I lost the sight in my right eye ...detached retina , surgery 5 times and complications .
Best and only solution ...shoot long guns left handed . Yes it feels strange at first ... you naturally carry in right hand on right side but when you shoot you have to remember to mount the gun to your left shoulder . Once you get the gun on the left shoulder ... the rest comes easy . I catch myself carrying in my left hand now . After a few years shooting putting the gun to your right shoulder feels weird ... the mind will adapt and the body follows suit . I even shoot my bolt action rifles left handed ... a little practice is all it takes .
Lever guns , pumps and double bbl shotguns are easy . Bottom loading and ejecting shotguns ...Ithaca's and Reming Model 17's are easy .
Going lefty isn't hard just takes a little doing and sure beats not shooting anymore .
Gary
Went lefty in 1985
 

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Good for you, GWPERCLE. Where there is a will there's a way and you seem to have found one.
 
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No big deal really---I'm right-handed and strongly left eye---never been a problem unless the rifle/shotgun is specifically right-handed (stock made so it is almost impossible to shoot left-handed)---you just pick-up the gun and mount it to your shoulder, lean into it, pull the butt into your shoulder and shoot! It becomes natural with experience... Most semi-auto rifles (AR-15---Ruger Mini 14,10-22, etc) shoot just fine left-handed. Most lever-action and slide-action rifles shoot very well left-handed. Even right-handed bolt guns shoot just fine left-handed once you get used to working the bolt. Practice, practice, practice...

When my wife decided she wanted to learn how to shoot, after some difficulties, we figured out she is right-handed, left eye-dominant. Yeah, that's weird. So she adjusts her stance for handguns, but we really haven't figured out long guns.
Plus, I'm her husband. How much domestic strife should we willingly sign up for?
 
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