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Switching Hands (any insight)

Post by Founder on 9/24/2011, 3:03 pm

Due to a lingering injury I need to switch shooting hands from left to right. I am left eye dominate and discovered that even at 25' the target is very fuzzy with my right eye, I look at the target and where the dot is "on" the target for my shot placement. It's what works for me. Shooting cross dominate seems clumsy and my right wrist is in a very unnatural position.

Has anyone ever trained their non dominate eye to become dominate? The hand I can do, weight training, grip, trigger control and hold. The eye other than putting a patch over my left eye, I have no idea how to get started.

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Post by Tristar on 9/24/2011, 7:57 pm

Joe,

Sorry to hear of this happening. I have never had to go through what you are going to do.

When you say the target is fuzzy at 25'; is that with both eyes open or do you need correction in the right eye?

If your vision in the right eye doesn't require a prescription from the Dr. I would think you could simply place opaque scotch tape over your shooting glasses to hide the view of your left eye. A patch per se would not be necessary. The tape would allow the left eye to stay open and have almost the same amount of light entering it so the right pupil will not open in response to the left one being covered completely.

I do not see anyway around covering the left eye in some manner.
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Post by Rob Kovach on 9/25/2011, 1:07 am

Get in touch with Msgt Moody. During a break he was telling us about an iron sights technique where you can train your eye to see 1 iron sight with both eyes open. He didn't tell us how to dothe technique, but told us the concept. this might be helpful for you.
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Post by davekp on 9/25/2011, 7:05 am

Years ago I remember reading somewhere that wearing a patch all day over a non-dominant eye inproved dominance. Perhaps that technique could change eye dominance. If it were me, I'd not drive or do anything risky with the patch on, though. Maybe just while reading, watching TV, eating, etc.

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Post by Founder on 9/25/2011, 8:31 am

Thanks for the replies.
I have taken my prescription shooting glasses and swapped back in the right lens an put in the non-prescription occluded left lens. I had to adjust my stance slightly to keep my left eye from peeking over my nose but this should work and the target is clear.

Andy talked about squinting the dominate eye slightly and forcing the use of the non dominate eye and over time you would be able to squint less and less and balance dominance. I cant squint my left eye and normally occlude the non shooting eye, so I will stick with that method.

Now, dry fire, strengthening the right arm and develop the stamina to fire a few hundred rounds, trigger control, muscle memory and grip.

Piece of cake!
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Post by Gunny Zins on 9/26/2011, 2:22 pm

Rob Kovach wrote:Get in touch with Msgt Moody. During a break he was telling us about an iron sights technique where you can train your eye to see 1 iron sight with both eyes open. He didn't tell us how to dothe technique, but told us the concept. this might be helpful for you.



Not really a good technique for shooting bullseye. The technique Andy teaches is mostly for combat shooting.



I wouldn't do much of anything other than "DRY FIRE" with my non dominant eye to train it.
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Post by Founder on 9/28/2011, 8:54 am

Thanks Gunny, that is what I have been doing as time permits, that and grip and trigger control with my weak hand.

I did have to close my stance a bit to prevent my dominate eye from peeking over my nose and taking over. It's all coming around pretty well.
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