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Offline stuart cee dub

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Re: Probably have to switch eyes, any tips
« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2022, 06:34:43 PM »
 Hi Smylee!
After shooting some years ,my cousin we discovered he was a right hander left eye dominant . It explained why figure  his shooting was a kind of hit or miss fashion at the local matches.
It took him about two years to make, the transition . First he started shooting his existing rifle from the port side , but he really wanted a rifle that would fit him .So we gathered up some parts , a .54 cal barrel , a Beck stock from Jack's mountain and sent the lot to Mike Compton in IA to stock. Now he has a true left hander and finally a rifle with enough length of pull (6'4'' height)

If it were me ,being older, I'd be a bit unhappy like you as all my keeper guns were fitted to my dimensions.

So if this were my problem ,I think I would build a compromise rifle no cast- off ( or on as the case may be )rifle ,no cheek piece, but leave the lock on the right side with a short tang . That way if I wanted to bend it there wouldn't be an issue with the hardware. My cousin likes his new left hand rifle but finds the left hand lock a pain to cap as he is still right handed and that his where he's still used to looking for it .

 There were some historic rifles with cheek pieces on both sides I recall seeing.
Maybe for one gun frontier families who had to share?

If you're a flinter  guy I would still use a right hand lock . I have found as a rightly ,shooting a left hand flinter doesn't block my vision so much .Might even help my flinching.

My take away from this is a lot of new shooters don't know about eye dominance just like my cousin .Helping new shooters figure this out early is critically important to shooting success.

While  helping run a range day for MN gun safety certification on the shotgun range the first thing I checked was the eye dominance of these new shooters .
One of the young men as a rightly with left eye dominance . He was a bit upset when I told him he had to shoot from the left side . At least he left aware of the problem .  My cousin didn't figure it out till he was forty , his dad just assumed as a right hander he should shoot from that side likely not knowing about eye dominance .His dad was a great duck hunter but he was never deep in the weeds re teaching shooting .

Sorry you're running into this problem Smylee .
Eye issues and getting old isn't for the faint hearted but at least you know the issues and are formulating a solution.

Best wishes for your future success.


Offline Bigmon

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Re: Probably have to switch eyes, any tips
« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2022, 08:34:52 PM »
I been practicing lefty with my BB gun.  Not too bad?

Offline LynnC

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Re: Probably have to switch eyes, any tips
« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2022, 04:58:40 AM »
I am now near blind within 2 feet in the right eye now with or without glasses but can still make out the front sight if the barrel is long enough. I can see stuff up close but thats what i see. Stuff. Cant read a thing. Far sight is still fair. I am soaking up the advise. I am hoping i dont have to change eyes and shooting side. Thats life....
The price of eggs got so darn high, I bought chickens......

Offline jgraham1

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Re: Probably have to switch eyes, any tips
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2022, 07:13:03 PM »
My wife has a bad right eye and must shoot left-handed.  It does take a lot of practice, however, there is a good side to it all.  I now am looking and buying here left had built rifles.  I don't shoot them, but it is fun buying new stuff!  She seems to enjoy it also.