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Old April 14, 2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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Cross domanince

upon assessing the student in firearms safety class I was overwhelmed with the number of cross dominant students.
There are 21 students with one being a lefty.
I then planned to re-asses later during marksmanship night. We have a Dasiy Laser trainer and I let my teaching partner take that while I covered another topic with half the class and then asked him how it went as he wasn't present the first night.
He was astonished also,
Seven student, 1/3rd of this class is cross dominant!
And sadly, when introducing left hand to one student, his dad wouldn't allow this student to shoot left hand. We have some work ahead of us on this one!
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Old April 15, 2012, 06:50 AM   #2
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Gbro: upon assessing the student in firearms safety class I was overwhelmed with the number of cross dominant students.
There are 21 students with one being a lefty.
I then planned to re-asses later during marksmanship night. We have a Dasiy Laser trainer and I let my teaching partner take that while I covered another topic with half the class and then asked him how it went as he wasn't present the first night.
He was astonished also,
That describes me. I am left hand dominant but right eye dominant. I never knew that during my time in the Marine Corp. I always shot left handed, and did not learn I was right eye dominant till I started shooting handguns and got my CHL several years ago.
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Old April 15, 2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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It is not an uncommon thing from what I've seen. I am actually left eye and left hand dominate, but I do everything right handed. I had no idea I was all mixed up until a few years ago.
I pretty much do everything right handed still... with a handgun I aim with my dominate eye with both eyes open, but shoulder fired weapons I do righty shutting my left eye.
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Old April 15, 2012, 08:38 AM   #4
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Some people can train enough to the point that they can choose the dominant eye.... We use shooting glasses with a piece of paper taped over the opposite eye, so if they are shooting right handed the right eye is the only eye with clear sight...

With practice eventually the shooter can change the dominace at will and even shoot with both eyes open and neither one covered...
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Old April 15, 2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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We limit our Basic Handgun classes to 12 students, and we usually have between two and four who are cross dominant.

We find dealing with cross dominance with handgun is fairly straight forward. One of our instructors is cross dominant, and he shows students how to just turn the head slightly, lining up the dominant eye with the sights. It works for him. It works for our students. And it works for me (and our other instructors) when shooting with our non-dominant hand.

When teaching wing shooting, we've used the trick of putting tape on one lens of the student's shooting glasses. That can work well, but I don't like to use that device for handgun. Self defense with a handgun tends to be a "come as you are" proposition.

Some people have a weak dominance. Although one eye is dominant, if fatigue sets in the non-dominant eye will start to take over. My wife's like that. She's left handed and left eye dominant, but only weakly so. So when shooting trap or sporting clays she puts a bit of tape on the right lens of her shooting glasses to prevent her right eye from taking over as she tires.
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Old April 16, 2012, 03:04 PM   #6
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the AMTU found that it's easier to train the hand than the eye .Therefore with left eye/right hand dominant , shoot left handed.
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Old April 16, 2012, 03:30 PM   #7
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the AMTU found that it's easier to train the hand than the eye .Therefore with left eye/right hand dominant , shoot left handed.
That's probably a reasonable plan for rifle or shotgun shooting. With handguns, cross dominance isn't as big a problem and is more easily managed. In any case, with a handgun, if one's interest is self defense, one will want to be able to shoot with either hand.
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Old April 16, 2012, 04:28 PM   #8
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Cross-dominant also. Explains why I have always sucked at shotgunning, other than self-defense. I plan to start using the translucent stickers on the dominant eye when I again try my hand at shotgunning games.
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Old April 16, 2012, 04:57 PM   #9
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Eye Dominance is irrelevant to defensive pistol shooting

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the issue of eye dominance in regard to pistol shooting. When the pistol is at extension, eye dominance is irrelevant. All the tests to check dominance actually prove this... your brain puts the gun where it needs to be.

For detailed explanation of Sight Alignment and Sight Picture issues related to defense pistol shooting, watch these:

Part I:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_AbAfZtTpk

Part II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUy46J9IAOM
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Old April 17, 2012, 10:06 AM   #10
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I am also cross dominant but never notice any issue unless I am shooting out to 20yards or more. If that is the case I close my right eye...
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Old April 17, 2012, 09:17 PM   #11
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Hey Rob,

I agree with you on the relevance of dominant eye in combat pistol shooting, but it is important that we identify this at a youth level and make changes when these young ones are just learning.
I do believe eye dominance is important in one hand bull's eye and also with the Weaver/Chapman stances.
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Old April 17, 2012, 09:25 PM   #12
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Eye Dominance is irrelevant to defensive pistol shooting
Im not eye doctor but it seems to me that if your right handed and the left eye is dominant it will have some effect.. Sure the brain may be able to compensate for most of it but thats not the same as not having an effect.

I can make either eye dominant at will and I can tell you the sight does not appear to be in exactly the same place, not at all... respectfully I call a flag on the play..

You can try it yourself with your own pistol.. (please ensure its not loaded and all safety measures are followed).. Aim at something with your left eye closed and then aim with the right eye and then vice versa... Does the picture look the same... no and thats how it is for my eyes and I can do it with both eyes open..
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Old April 18, 2012, 06:42 AM   #13
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I think what was meant by "irrelevant" was that if you're cross dominant all you really have to do is tilt your head slightly to pick up your sights with the dominant eye while using your dominant hand. Obviously you don't want to line the sights up with one eye and then use the other.
For all practical purposes - or at least the vast majority - it works. Training to be able to use both eyes might still be a useful exercise, but it's no more useful for cross dominant shooters than shooters in general.
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Old April 18, 2012, 07:35 AM   #14
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Gutzman,

The point is that you won't be playing those "close one eye, then the other" if a fight... you'll be focused on the threat and your brain makes sure that the gun is in front of the appropriate eye. If you need your sights, you SHOULD be closing an eye... it should be your non-dominant... but, again, this happens intuitively. It would be better if eye dominance were never brought up in conversations about defensive pistol shooting.

Did you watch the linked videos? They contain a very thorough explanation or related issues.

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Old April 18, 2012, 07:24 PM   #15
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I havent watched it but I will.. Im always willing to learn a new trick or new info..
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Old April 23, 2012, 06:08 PM   #16
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cross dominant master eye?

Shooting handguns from the Isoceles Stance, I'm not sure if head position makes a lot of difference. I shoot from the Chapman stance (modified Weaver) and just slightly shift my head to the right to line the left eye up with the sights. Doesn't affect binocular sight or peripheral vision or any of that. It's not a big deal for most shooters.

I've instructed firearms at the local regional police academy on and off for 23 years and in the ANG as a Combat Arms Training Specialist for 10 years and as an LEO since 1982; in my observation in all that time, I believe that about 20% of the population has a cross dominant master eye.

When a shooting long gun, I fire from the right shoulder, close my left eye, and shoot with the right eye. Some people (10%?) can't independently close one eye or the other and leave the other eye open (often can't close the master eye) and I'm not sure what the solution is for those folks when they're shooting a long gun. Some people have a greater natural tendency toward bilateralism/ambidexterity than others, and some can fire off the weak shoulder with some ability, but most people can't do that.

I know a minority of instructors try to take a cross-dominant shooter (right handed -- left master eye, for example) and try to teach them to shoot left handed, but I see absolutely no reason to do that UNLESS their primary weapon is a long gun and they can't close their eyes independently.

I can't use occluded eye gunsights with my particular set of vision characteristics, and in my experience most cross-dominant shooters can't either, but I do know a few cross-dominant operators who can without significant difficulty. So, it's a little hard to come to a rule that's "carved in stone", particularly since a person's eye sight may significantly change over the course of their lifetime/shooting career.

With a handgun, I think it's a non-issue. Turn your head a couple inches and line the master eye up with the sights and press on.
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Old April 25, 2012, 08:33 AM   #17
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Pistol shooting: Cross Dominance is irrevelent. Ten years on the Air Force pistol team confirmed that.
Right handed/Left eyed is no problem

Rifle/Shotgun: Ditto. Right Handed/Right-Eyed (even when Left dominant) It does generally mean your
final aiming is not w/ both eyes open. No big deal -- even low-gun skeet starts w/ both open to
pick up the bird then automatically shutting the left eye as the sight ramp closes on target.

Holographic sights -- whole different story.
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Old May 9, 2012, 10:35 AM   #18
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hello! first of all, i am 28 old and i just started shooting with handguns. i spent most of my training with a .22 ruger. i shoot from a 25 distance.

well my dominant hand is the right hand and my dominant eye is my left eye.

i started with the iso-stance, left eye open, right finger on the trigger. i really don`t feel comfortable with this stance, but i can place shoots in the middle. i`ve switched to the weaver- stance, because i feel better with it. my right finger is on the trigger and i have my right eye open.
my groupings are good that way, but the shots were placed on the left side of the paper- target. so if i`m aiming a bit to the right, all shots will go in the middle.

i can`t shoot lefty or with both eyes open and i don`t think, that i could get used to it!

now the question! should i keep the weaver stance and shoot with the weaker eye, or should i try to get used to the iso- stance? i mean i just got into shooting and i think i could get used to any stance if i practice enough, or not?

sorry for my grammar, greetings from germany!
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