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#6320912 - 06/02/16 10:47 PM left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go?
jdh78 Offline
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My son is 8 and has slightly better vision in his left eye. When he picks up his nerf gun he naturally tries to sight with his left eye and closes his right. He is right handed.

He is a stubborn kid and resists trying closing his left to shoot-evidently it is at least somewhat unnatural for him. I'm ready to get a pellet rifle and get him started in shooting but not quite sure how to approach it with him.

I believe that with his glasses he could learn to shoot fine right handed, but first and foremost I am his dad which means I don't know anything. I'm not sure what would be more difficult-him learning to close his left eye or developing good trigger control with his left hand.

I bought a nice .243 for him to grow into that just might have to become mine.

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#6320918 - 06/02/16 10:56 PM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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Try both eyes open.
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#6320925 - 06/02/16 10:59 PM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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I am the same way as is my 9 yr old son. Because he is right handed I opted for him to learn to shoot right handed. It takes patience but he has been successful. One shot one kill on everything he shot this past season. Hasn't missed yet.
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#6320927 - 06/02/16 11:03 PM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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I'm right handed and left eye dominant. Wish I'd known this earlier in life to adjust then but didn't figure it out til I was probably 28. I shoot shotguns way better left handed than I do right unless I keep both eyes open. Rifle I shoot right handed better but because I close my left eye. If I could do it over I'd learn to shoot left handed solely. Can always get a pair of shooting glasses and put tape over the left eye forcing him to use his right.

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#6320933 - 06/02/16 11:08 PM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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My son was right eye dominate and right handed but lost some vision in his right eye due to a sports injury.
He soon noticed he was left eye dominate even though a contact would correct his vision in the injured eye.
He just made an effort to go left handed and now just shoots lefty most of the time even though he recently had lasick and again has good vision in both eyes.
I am left eye dominate and do most things right handed but shoot lefty.
I say let him go whichever way he is comfortable.

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#6321002 - 06/03/16 06:12 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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Dated a girl once who tried to get into shooting with this issue. The more I asked around the solution that seemed to make the most sense was changing shooting hands. A shtgun instructor, which is what she was trying to learn for work functions, told us IF you're gonna change something then it's easier to retrain muscle memory than eye preference.

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#6321020 - 06/03/16 06:42 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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It's easier to change hands than it is to change eyes.
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#6321065 - 06/03/16 07:45 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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I shoot hand guns left or right (both eyes open), throw right, kick right, write left, eat left. Left eye dominate but mom & dad DECIDED I should be a right hander....After going through the early years "I" decided to shoot with the dominant eye and never looked back. All of my bolt guns are lefties....just makes things easier! 2cents
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#6321094 - 06/03/16 08:08 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
jhenderson Offline
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Plus if just learning to shoot starting out left handed shouldn't be that hard to adjust to.

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#6321107 - 06/03/16 08:15 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
patriot07 Offline
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Is his vision only slightly better in the left eye? If so, then stick with RH stuff. If his vision is heavily left-dominant, then it's a tougher call. I'm heavily right-side dominant physically but slightly left-dominant visually. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to shoot accurate with a LH bolt gun.

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#6321149 - 06/03/16 08:37 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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My wife use to write left handed and in elementary school they made her change. She does a lot of things left handed or right handed. I ask her to hold my sons BB gun and show me how she would shoot it and she naturally held it right handed but closed her right eye. It was funny to see her trying to line things up like that but her dominant eye is her left. With practice you can learn to shoot either way. I would prob have him shoot left handed.
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#6321164 - 06/03/16 08:46 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
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I'm right handed left eye dominant . I shoot and bat left handed and that's it. I suppose I'm kinda odd.

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#6321171 - 06/03/16 08:48 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
My wife use to write left handed and in elementary school they made her change.


Haha, is your wife Asian?!?!
Most Americans don't now but most Asian cultures has an old belief that the left hand is the wicked hand. So much so that it used to be very common for parent to force their kids to switch hands. I had a Korean friend growing up that she was able to write simultaneously write with both hands because of this.

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#6321189 - 06/03/16 08:52 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
My wife use to write left handed and in elementary school they made her change.


Haha, is your wife Asian?!?!
Most Americans don't now but most Asian cultures has an old belief that the left hand is the wicked hand. So much so that it used to be very common for parent to force their kids to switch hands. I had a Korean friend growing up that she was able to write simultaneously write with both hands because of this.

no she isn't, I think her teacher made her write right handed not sure why
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#6321287 - 06/03/16 10:01 AM Re: left eye dominant/right handed child-which way to go? [Re: jdh78]
kmon1 Offline
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Aim with the dominate eye, so teach him left handed shooting.

I am left eye dominate, right handed. After struggling with it for years I learned to cope and am pretty much ambidextrous shooting but took lots of work to get there.
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