Left eye/Right eye Conundrum

#1
Generally new here. Search is exhausted, figured I'd have a go at it and throw it out there...

I'm currently in process of joining up. Been shooting a few rifles/glocks with some mates from time to time. I'm a left-handed, and from what I assume left-eye dominant shooter. I've been shooting right-handed with the rifles just as how I've been brought up/taught.

Anyone serving now, a left-eye/left-hand dominate shooter and been trained by the forces to shoot right-handed and right eye? Anyone shooting right handed/left eye? I feel fine aiming with my right-eye, but obviously have not done with an SA80, or the like.

Suggestions, experiences, tips? Want to know what the left-handed/left-eye dominates have figured out. Easier to shoot right hand/right eye, or right hand/left eye etc.?

Cheers.
 
#5
I'm left hand-left eye dominant too & to be honest I had the exact same worry as you, albeit my worrys were 15 years ago.
I never had a problem with shooting the SA-80, none at all.

The injuries guys can suffer from firing it left-handed ensure you remember not to do it yourself! A good mate of mine fired his gat off the ground from his left shoulder. The end result was a broken cheekbone, loss of 4 teeth and it ripped the left corner of his mouth back 3 inches (He fired on AUTO).

Seriously, you'll be fine.
 
#12
Serious answer time;

Pinky, I'm ambidextrous (here comes the slagging) but when we did the master eye test, since neither eye was dominant, I chose to shoot right-handed, simply because the SLR was designed to be used that way. I realise that the SA-80 can only be fired from the right shoulder, but I think you'll find that the Army has encountered this situation before, and has its ways of overcoming it.

I shouldn't worry about it. :)
 
#14
auscam said:
Serious answer time;

Pinky, I'm ambidextrous (here comes the slagging) but when we did the master eye test, since neither eye was dominant, I chose to shoot right-handed, simply because the SLR was designed to be used that way. I realise that the SA-80 can only be fired from the right shoulder, but I think you'll find that the Army has encountered this situation before, and has its ways of overcoming it.

I shouldn't worry about it. :)
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous
 
#16
Ivan,
are you shooting right-handed, and coming over to shoot left-eye, or are you just sticking it out right eyed?

I sat outside yesterday looking like a lunatic closing one eye, opening the other back and forth. I can't see much difference, and figure it won't make much difference even if my left-eye is master and i go and shoot right eye.


Cheers.
 
#18
amazing__lobster said:
If you're young enough, you can re-train your dominant eye supposedly.
Shoot often enough, and it happens automatically, but there are exercises to help train your right eye.

It's not really too much of a problem with the SA80, compared to pistols/shotguns, as you shoot with your left eye closed.
 
#19
With pistols I used to shoot with my left eye because I was short sighted in the right eye. My right eye is dominant. I found no problems with using the left eye. I've now had laser surgery on my right eye but still use my left on the odd occassions when I pick up a pistol - force of habit.
 
#20
Interesting.
Mine always seems to go back and forth, no matter what test I try. It seems when using my left hand to perform a miles test (or other equiv.) it's my right eye that dominates. Same vice versa. I figure I'll just get in, get it stuck in my right-shoulder and practice with my right eye. If my marksmanship is really that bad I'll start messin with the left-eye and see what happens.

Anyone shooting right-handed - left eye or what? Or is that not well received as your head is going to be hanging over the side of the 80 (depending on how big or small your head is mind you).
 

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