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Hello, everyone, I have a little problem and I discovered this after my first USPSA match.  I can't shoot. 😁   I have put that in.  I have been shooting IDPA and shot my first USPSA match a couple of weeks ago, a lot of plates and I was all over the place.  I am left eye dominant and right-handed but I can also shoot left-handed.  I have shot in some IDPA  matches left-hand so I guess I am ambidextrous.  Of course, gun handling is a little slower left-handed. The issue is I am more accurate left-handed than right.  Should just do a lot of dry fire left-handed and make a permanent switch?  I am shooting Glock 34 XD9 and XD40 Tactical and XDM 5.25 40. I have attached two pictures.  I took four shows at each target one show represent 3yds 5yds 7yds and 10yds.  The top is the is right-handed left eye and the one on the bottom is left-hand left eye.  Note the right-hand is usually not that good.  I have also done right right-hand which turn out the same as the right-hand left eye.

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No, dryfire more and learn to shoot with your right hand while not moving the sights. Practice trigger control and grip gun harder will generally improve accuracy. Also pay attention to where sights lift from when the shot breaks to know where the bullet will have hit the target. I'm not cross dominant, but if it bothers you that much, try that magic dot on your shooting glasses

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A past match director at our club who was also a police officer was in the exact situation you are in except he was not ambidextrous.

He taught himself to shoot left handed. He was one of the best shooters at our club. He also carried while on duty left handed.

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8 hours ago, kmaultsby said:

 gun handling is slower left-handed  BUT  I am more accurate left-handed than right. 

 

Try an El Presidente left and right handed, and count up your HF.

 

Bet you'll be better off shooting right handed …   Let me know  :) 

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I know I'm more accurate generally on weak hand only vs strong hand only. I'm also slower and more deliberate weak hand shooting. That may be the OP's case as well. As Jack said, HF wise you'll probably be better shooting with normally vs switching it up. You'll get there with practice

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I'm cross eye dominant also except I'm Left handed/right eye.  Take it from me, I tried switching also.  It was an epic fail.  Stay with your dominant hand and quit confusing your brain about wanting and trying to switch hands.  If I remember correctly Brian Enos is cross eye dominant also.  If you have a problem with your eyes, magic dots or tape will help correct that.  Just stick with one hand and train.

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For the past many years, I keep reading of left eye vs right eye dominant

and how that confuses people ...

 

I'm sorry, but I don't see the problem …    👀

 

I can shoot left or right hand with both eyes open, and

there is no confusion.

 

What am I missing here ?

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Lucas botkin from t-rex arms is cross eye dominant and has a YouTube on how he does it 

There is also a girl I shoot with that was told to shoot left handed because she was left eye dominant and she did good, but then we were messing around and had her start right handed wick is her dominant hand and had her just turn her head so the gun lined up with her dominant eye and that was it a hole new game for her. She shot better times about 30 percent faster .other then that I can't help much.

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For a right hand shooter with a dominant left eye, some have found that canting the gun/sights slightly towards their dominant left eye seems to help. It might be worth experimenting a bit with.

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I'm cross eye dominant (right hand, left eye). 

 

Just put a small piece of tape on your glasses over your dominant eye.  Make sure the tape is small enough so that it blocks the front sight, but you can see under/around it for movement and reloads. This gives you the benefit of both eyes open for movement/reloads. When the buzzer goes off, you'll never know its there.

 

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Not exactly the same thing, but...

 

My fiance is a 'forced righty'. The good Sisters at the Catholic school she attended damn near beat her bloody to make her become right-handed, even though she's a natural lefty. Her handwriting is nothing short of atrocious. After a few times at the range I suggested she try left-handed shooting. Scores went up by a good margin.

 

And more importantly, she wasn't twisting her head around to get her dominant right eye on the sights. Her stance and shooting platform flattened out and became much more comfortable. Slower at first, yes it was. But much more natural.

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All that said, try both. But if you decide right-handed is the way you want to go, keep your head straight UP. Do not bend you head to the sights. Bring the gun to your dominant eye. I learned to shoot both ways (sounds like a cross-dresser, huh?) in an instructors class, and made sure I kept my head in the same position for both methods.  I'm slower left-handed, but I can do it.

 

**That's probably what was in those videos but I didn't take time to watch them. 

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16 hours ago, DKnoch said:

I know I'm more accurate generally on weak hand only vs strong hand only. I'm also slower and more deliberate weak hand shooting. That may be the OP's case as well. As Jack said, HF wise you'll probably be better shooting with normally vs switching it up. You'll get there with practice

I was shooting from a holster.  I think part of my post got missed.  I have shot lefthanded only in IDPA matches.  I have both lefthanded and righthanded holsters.

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15 hours ago, stick said:

I'm cross eye dominant also except I'm Left handed/right eye.  Take it from me, I tried switching also.  It was an epic fail.  Stay with your dominant hand and quit confusing your brain about wanting and trying to switch hands.  If I remember correctly Brian Enos is cross eye dominant also.  If you have a problem with your eyes, magic dots or tape will help correct that.  Just stick with one hand and train.

I read his book he quotes that he covers his left eye with tape but if he had to do it all over again we just would use his dominant eye which is his left eye.

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14 hours ago, Hi-Power Jack said:

For the past many years, I keep reading of left eye vs right eye dominant

and how that confuses people ...

 

I'm sorry, but I don't see the problem …    👀

 

I can shoot left or right hand with both eyes open, and

there is no confusion.

 

What am I missing here ?

You will see double with both eyes open.  You will have trouble when you transition from one target to another.

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14 minutes ago, kmaultsby said:

You will see double with both eyes open.  You will have trouble when you transition from one target to another.

 

You have to practice a lot to prevent it from happening. I shoot with both eyes open using either left or right hand but I don’t see double targets even when transitioning from target to target. 

 

My only problem is my vision. I’m far sighted. Other than that, I have always shot with both eyes open.

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13 hours ago, gunnerBU said:

I'm cross eye dominant (right hand, left eye). 

 

Just put a small piece of tape on your glasses over your dominant eye.  Make sure the tape is small enough so that it blocks the front sight, but you can see under/around it for movement and reloads. This gives you the benefit of both eyes open for movement/reloads. When the buzzer goes off, you'll never know its there.

 

 

What was the result of doing this? Was your vision faster for transitions? Easier to see recoil arc? 

 

I’m righty with left eye dominance but I don’t know of any issues it causes for me. No double vision or anything. So should I try the tape? 

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35 minutes ago, Paulie said:

 

What was the result of doing this? Was your vision faster for transitions? Easier to see recoil arc? 

 

I’m righty with left eye dominance but I don’t know of any issues it causes for me. No double vision or anything. So should I try the tape? 

 

Without the tape over my dominant eye, I have double vision of the front sight. The tape gets rid of the “second” sight effortlessly. I don’t have to squint or move my head. So, I would say that it makes my transitions and follow-up shots faster because I can pick up the front sight quicker with the tape than I can without it.

 

Had I used my dominant eye when I started shooting, it may be a different story. But, I’ve never thought that the tape affected my progress or performance.

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I am a cross eye dominant shooter right handed left eye dominant. I shoot IDPA and USPSA. I hold the pistol slightly to the left and tilt my head slightly to the right. Both eyes open. Long guns are another story. I have started shooting shotguns left handed. Rifles I shoot mostly left handed although with an EoTech on an AR the window is big enough I can leave both eyes open right handed assuming I'm shooting targets less than 75 yards out.

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