Guns for Beginners: If You’re a Lefty, Learn to Shoot Right-Handed


Reader Curtis in IL writes:

If you’re left-handed like me, you know the burden we bear. Besides the burden of being smarter and better looking than everyone else, you’re constantly struggling to use tools designed for the other 90% of the population, from measuring cups to musical instruments, everything is built backwards. My mother, also a southpaw, was wise enough to teach me that it’s easier to learn to use right-handed tools than rely on specialty products designed for lefties. For example, she knew that left-handed scissors wouldn’t always be available when I needed them, so she taught me to use right-handed scissors, among other things. I’m forever grateful to her for that . . .

Of course I have a lefty softball mitt and golf clubs. But when I bought my first Windows computer, I made the decision to set the mouse up on the right side of the keyboard like everyone else. I knew I could change the settings to work with the left hand, but then what happens when I need to use someone else’s computer, or when someone else wants to use mine?  That decision to become a right-handed mouse operator has served me well over the years.

When I got my first BB gun as a youngster, I learned to shoot right-handed. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s just the way my Dad taught me. I’m glad he did, because when I decided to buy my first pistol some forty years later, it was obvious that I would have many more choices if I wasn’t limited to “ambidextrous” models.

Now, even though I write, swing a hammer and wield a chef’s knife left-handed, pulling the trigger on a firearm with my right index finger feels just as natural. If you think that would be difficult for a lefty, consider that there are about a hundred switch-hitters in Major League Baseball, many of whom hit better left-handed. Also remember that with a long gun, your left hand grips the forestock and is primarily responsible for stabilizing and aiming the gun, which require fine motor skills.

The practical implications of this strategy go far beyond just having more choices in pistols and holsters (not to mention semi-auto rifles, shotguns with a cross-bolt safety, etc.). In a home defense situation, my wife and I have more-or-less equal proficiency with whatever tools are available. We both train with the same guns, even though we both have our preferences. Think about this: when the thugs come a-callin’, wouldn’t you rather have your dominant hand free to dial 911, point a flashlight or hold a child? Finally, during fun times at the range, I can shoot anyone’s gun, and they can shoot mine.

If you’ve been shooting left-handed for many years, you’ve already learned to deal with the inconveniences that go along with it. And if you aren’t inclined to switch gears at this point, I understand. But if you’re a lefty who’s new to the world of firearms, I highly recommend that you learn to shoot right-handed from day one. In the end, you’ll be as grateful to me as I am to my mother.


  1. avatar Mattb says:

    Being a lefty and a mechanic I am very proficient with both hands and while I can comfortably shoot with either, I still prefer to carry on my left side.

    1. avatar Tommycat says:

      Most mechanics HAVE to be able to use either hand for getting those stupid bolts that you can’t reach with whatever hand you normally use.

  2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Good advice.

    When I go to the range, I practice two-handed, strong-hand (left), and weak-hand (right) pistol, every time. I only recently found that shooting rifles right-handed was easier, because of my cross eye-dominance. So, I’m shooting rifles right-handed more often now.

    But I still can’t use right-handed scissors…

    1. There’s no such thing as right handed scissors. There are scissors and left handed ones.

      Back on topic, I think manipulating the pistol/rifle right handed is more important than eye dominance. I train with my off hand (left) as well and the only reason I don’t score as accurately with that hand is because that is always one handed even though in that case, I am using my left eye to sight, which is my dominant eye.

      1. avatar Goose says:

        I own several left handed hammers.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          I’ve got a metric crescent wrench.

          Seriously. Stamped right on it, ‘200 mm’.

          Sitting in the tool drawer right next to a ‘4 inch’ version.

      2. avatar Tommycat says:

        I actually found a trick that seemed to work well for me. When shooting right handed, I tilt my head to the right 45º. It improved my accuracy.

        I am right handed left eye dominant. I was born Lefty, but trained to use right for everything.

    2. Regarding scissors, pull with the thumb and push with he fingers.

  3. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    What’s your dominant eye, though? Learning to shoot a long-gun right-handed when you’re left-eye dominant is difficult. I can shoot a handgun OK right-handed, but I’m really awkward with a long gun.

    Ironically, my right-handed son is left-eye dominant and early in his military career, he was advised to try shooting long-guns left-handed. It stuck, so now he shoots long-guns left-handed and handguns right-handed.

    ETA: Wife just bought a 1911 without ambi safety, so I’ll be practicing with that right-handed!

    1. avatar RocketScientist says:

      I’m in the same boat as your son. At an early age shooting trap, found i was left-eye dominant. Learned to shoot long guns that way. Now depending on the gun or the situation I can switch back and forth with ease.

    2. avatar Rokurota says:

      I am left eye dominant, but right handed, I prefer to shoot rifles left handed, but handguns right handed. My oldest is likewise cross dominant and shoots right handed and aims with his right eye (left eye closed). My youngest writes left handed, but still prefers to shoot right handed.

      1. avatar Don from CT says:

        If you hold the firearm in your right hand, but are left eye dominant, you have two choices.

        1) hold the firearm in front of your left eye.
        2) Close your left eye.

        What do you?

        1. 3). Use right eye.

          I try closing my left eye for long precision shots but my scores are just as good keeping both eyes open.

        2. avatar Rokurota says:


      2. avatar mark s. says:

        You should practice shooting long guns and hand guns from every possible angle , eye and hand , no matter what your preference or dominance for both defensive situations and the big buck you’ve been on for three seasons . I am also right handed and left eye dominate but can shoot almost equally with either hand or shoulder or eye . The eye thing I found to be the toughest because of all the natural tendencies you need to get past . I practice shooting falling backwards and from my ass position a lot because that has a strong possibility of where I’ll end up at my ripe old age of 57 and my bad knees , hips and lower back . I’m very fortunate to own a bit of property where I can practice all my shooting skills unencumbered and very blessed to have grown up around weapons and the love of them and their power to feed me and my family if necessary or defend those I love if a situation required me to do so .
        If you practice speed shooting from various positions , on different shoulders and eyes you will find things can become rather automatic depending upon a given situation and should get efficient with all .

    3. avatar Paelorian says:

      Bingo. Your primary shooting handedness should be determined by your eye dominance. If a right-handed, left eye dominant shooter is learning to shoot, I recommend they learn to shoot primarily left-handed. However, serious shooters who keep guns for serious purposes should train with both hands. Their primary shooting hand could be injured or they may need to keep it holding on to something. Primarily train with your primary hand, but develop secondary hand skills as well so that if you have to use it you’ll still be effective in the fight.

      I also call into question the soundness of the author’s mind for his example of forcing himself to use his less precise hand with a computer mouse because he believes it is impossible to move a mouse to the other side of the keyboard. You literally put the mouse on the other side of the keyboard. If there’s a mousepad, lift that too. Slide the keyboard a few inches to the right. Even everything out. Done. You could do it at any computer in about ten seconds or less and then just put it back when you’re done.

  4. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “If you’re left-handed like me, you know the burden we bear. Besides the burden of being smarter and better looking than everyone else,…”

    Well, I consider myself a lefty trapped in a right-handed body…

    Handsome fellow I am… 🙂

    1. avatar mark s. says:

      …………………..and artistic !
      or was that autistic ? I can never remember .

  5. avatar Ditto says:

    Excellent article. I also use right handed scissors and run a computer mouse right handed. I haven’t shot long guns right handed, but I’ve found I can shoot pistols pretty well that way- my right trigger finger is actually better than my left one.

  6. avatar SteveInCO says:

    I write [edit: I should say “scribble” here] left handed. Swing a hammer right handed. Shoot pistol right handed. Usually shoot rifle left handed because my right eye is not only not dominant, it’s worthless in general. I certainly *could* use the right trigger finger, if it weren’t for the right eye. I need to pracitce a bit more with scoped rifles, maybe I can go right handed with them and work the bolt “normally”.

  7. avatar PNG says:

    I’m left-handed and left-eye dominant. The first long gun I shot was comfortably right-handed and fairly accurate, but shooting left feels more natural now. And more accurate. It suits me, like it suited my Air Force MTI with security forces background; he’s right-handed but left-eye dominant and shoots lefty.
    Jury’s still out on pistols, I’m not a very good shot either way. Yet.

  8. avatar Earl says:

    I am a right handed person, but my right eye is weak. I trained myself to shoot rifle lefty as a teenager because I didn’t want to wear glasses. I can shoot rifle with either hand, but left is more comfortable.
    For pistols, I still shoot right handed. It’s pretty easy to move the sights to the dominant eye (left for me) with a pistol.

  9. avatar HES says:

    As a southpaw I find this article to be full of micro aggressions. By using your trigger words this is violated my safe space. You’ll be hearing from my lawyers. Seriously though your dominant hand should not really factor into anything. As a shooter your dominant eye is the item we should be dictating which hand you shoot with predominantly. For instance my daughter is left eye dominant. So I have taught her to shoot with her left hand as her primary. Of course all bets are off with crew served weapons

  10. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    I shoot both ways as a south paw; part of it is ergonomics of the weapons I shoot, part of it is cross eye dominance and part of it is that training weak hand is a good thing. Admittedly, when I built my rifle I decided to make it as ambi as possible; the last thing missing is the ambi bolt release.

  11. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Absolutely. Learn to shoot right-handed. Life’s just better.

    As a youngster, I held guns (at first, just playing “Army”) left-handed. That continued as I got older and leaned to shoot actual guns. Sometimes I’d get hit in the head with ejected shells but that didn’t bother me. Then, in my late teens, I got into photography. Well, 35 mm SLR cameras weren’t made for left-eyed people, unless you want to smush your nose into the back of the camera. I made the conscious decision to become right-eyed. After that, transitioning to shooting right-handed was pretty easy. And I’m glad I did.

    I still occasionally shoulder a rifle lefty when I’m not thinking but I’m completely ambi with guns now. I don’t participate in 3-gun but I’m sure it comes in handy for any kind of tactical shooting around obstacles.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve always been right-handed in writing, all sports and playing the guitar. So, I guess I’m really right-handed to begin with but because I was left eye dominant, I did many things left-handed when I was young. Funny you should mention scissors – that was one of them.

    BTW, I grew up in the 1960s. I remember left-handed kids staying after school to learn to write right-handed. I wonder, to this day, if they were successful of purging those left-handed daemons.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      You might actually be naturally left handed and simply learned to do things really well right handed.

      I think I am in the same boat. My mother said that I did everything left handed early on and that schools taught me to do everything right handed. To this day, I think of myself as right-hand dominant since I write with my right hand and tend to do things with my right hand. And yet I swing bats, golf clubs, and hockey sticks left handed. While being an excellent ping-pong player right handed, I can play quite competitively left-handed and people have no idea that I am not left-handed. I can throw a football (nice spirals no less) with my left hand. I use both hands to brush my teeth. Shooting archery equipment feels more natural left-handed. And I have no qualms using either hand to operate power tools like drills and saws.

      Who knows. I wonder if everyone has a pretty good potential to be fairly ambidextrous … but most of us never develop the “weak” hand skills.

      From a practical standpoint, I think it is a good idea to learn to shoot handguns right-handed if you are left-handed. It opens more options.

  12. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Yeah I got the cross-dominant thing. Makes no difference in shooting. I suck shooting lefty-a bit of damage in my hand. I’m an artist and can’t draw worth a damn lefty either. Or write. The only thing I’m great at left-handed is remote control work lol.

    1. I usually use my right hand for the RE-mote because my left hand is holding a beer.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:


        1. Naw. It just happens that way naturally. Like eye dominance.

  13. avatar tim says:

    its about eye dominance not hand dominance. you shoot the side of your dominant eye, I’ve seen lefties shoot right handed because that is the side of their dominant eye and vise versa.

    1. avatar Don from CT says:

      THANK YOU. Congratulations. You know more about shooting than the author of this column.

      1. avatar Skeptical_Realist says:

        It’s not the same for everyone, probably. Some people may have a more dominant hand; some a more dominant eye.

        I’m right handed, left eye dominant. I shoot both handguns and long-guns right handed. Like mentioned above, when learning the rifle I was advised to try it left handed so I could shoot with my left eye. It was far easier to learn to focus with the right eye than shoot left handed, especially because rifles are even more right hand specific than handguns, and brass flies across your face.

        Now that I’ve trained my right eye more, my eye dominance is much less strong than it used to be.

        1. avatar Don from CT says:

          Then you are not strongly dominant with your left eye. But you’ve raised a good point.

  14. avatar Art says:

    As a fellow lefty, I’d say that eye dominance is more of an issue. If you’re left-eye dominant, you should be shooting left handed. I think everyone should be able to “switch hit” with their firearms anyway. It’s entirely possible that, in a self-defense situation, I’d be injured or grappled.

  15. avatar pres stone says:

    now if you can only find left handed coffee mugs and left handed pruning shears. Have you heard of the Leftorium?

    1. avatar Nate H. says:


      Hi-diddly-ho, neighbor!

  16. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Not if your grip is 2/3rd’s what your right is. Limp-wristing is not conducive to good shooting…

  17. avatar Cucamonga Jeff says:

    I’m a lefty and I simply use a different muaual of arms when using a righty gun. I don’t use the slide stop or safety. I just rack the slide every time. It’s like all hand guns are an AK to me. Makes things simple. On a 1911 I have to carry Israeli method but GLOCKS and other striker type pistols are better due to the lack of an external safety.

  18. avatar Other Tony says:

    If you can, train both sides at least some (at least 20% of your time with your “weak” side). I train that way with both guns and unarmed techniques. Might come in very handy (as it were) if your “strong” hand gets injured in a fight.

  19. avatar sota says:

    If you’re a lefty buy an H&K 😀

    Then practice shooting with either hand… something even you right handed people should do.

    1. avatar fishydude says:

      And FNH. FNX45 is the only fully ambi 45ACP. The H&K lets you flip the safety/decocker. But flipping isn’t helpful in a house with 1 lefty and 3 righties. 😀

      1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

        FNX45 is the only fully ambi 45ACP.

        Ruger SR45?

        1. avatar TM says:

          Slide lock on the SR45 is only on one side for a righty. The H&Ks have ambi slide locks.

        2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

          Why should the slide lock matter? It is a mechanical control to lock the slide. It is not a slide release, and when manipulating the slide properly, neither right nor left hand needs to manipulate the slide lock.

          As a lefty, I’ve had zero issues with the slide lock being only on one side.

        3. avatar James Lee says:

          Then what IS a slide release?

        4. Rack the slide to release it.
          My wife’s Nano has no slide catch.
          If you are using the slide catch to release it then you will wear it out.

        5. avatar Chip Bennett says:

          It’s a slide lock, not a slide release. Its purpose – its design intent – is to lock the slide back, once the firearm has discharged the final round.

          While one certainly can manually disengage the slide lock (and there may be times when doing so is advantageous), the proper/intended method to chamber the first round is to pull back on the slide, allow the slide to disengage the slide lock, and then release the slide.

        6. avatar James Lee says:

          I’m really glad you didn’t mention the gross motor skill BS, seriously. Your point makes sense, it one can’t afford a training beater

        7. avatar Chip Bennett says:

          Racking the slide and manipulating the slide lock lever are both fine motor skills, anyway.

        8. avatar James Lee says:

          Ok man… Whatever… Personally I drop the slide by the catch/stop/release every time. Don’t like the extra hiccup when doing a speed reload

        9. avatar Skeptical_Realist says:

          The whole slide release vs. slide-stop argument is a glock thing.

          Glock accolytes preach the slingshot method. On most other autos, especially ones with a large lever (1911, Beretta, S&W 1st-3rd gen, H&K, Sig), using the slide catch as a release is fine. In fact, all the owners manuals I just checked say to either pull back and release the slide, OR depress the slide catch/release.

          Including Glock, to my surprise.

          Larry Vickers has a short video about this on his youtube channel; he finds fault with either method, depending on the firearm being used.

          TLDR – Some pistols work better using it as a slide release, and some work better using it as only a slide stop. A good shooter should be able to do both, and know when and why to use one or the other.

  20. avatar Mark N. says:

    My daughter is right handed but shoots much better left handed, and she has no idea why. Which is why she is getting a fully ambi FN for Christmas. A friend of mine shoots handguns right handed, but rifles left handed, and he can’t explain why either. Me, I am so right hand dominant, I can’t even hold a pistol left handed with a two-handed grip–it feels like crossing your arms the “wrong” way, unnatural and uncomfortable.

    1. avatar fishydude says:

      Love my 3 FN pistols.
      Re: your daughter, it may be that she is left eye dominant.
      For me, I’m a lefty but also kind of cross wired. Any ‘stick’ sport I’m ‘righty’ ;Golf club, hockey stick, batting. More dexterity with left but more strength right. And right footed, which messed me up a little in martial arts.

  21. avatar fishydude says:

    My solution was quite simple. Buy FNH and H&K pistols. Problem solved.
    My 45ACP is the FNX45, the only fully ambidextrous 45ACP on the market.
    EDC is a FNS9C sans safety. The other 2 ambi 9mm are the FNS9 and VP9.
    The only pistol in our house that is not ambidextrous is my wife’s Walther CCP.

  22. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    I’m left-handed, left-eye dominant and while I naturally shoot guns lefty, I also play a variety of musical instruments and play them all right-handed, because finding a guitar strung for a lefty, or a wind instrument designed for “left-handed” finger-position is even more a PITA than finding a gun designed specifically with left-handed use in mind. I consider myself pretty ambi, because any task I decide to assign to my right hand, I can learn pretty easily.

    I’ve never owned a gun with a “left-handed” mag release and am so used to my various methods of operating “right-handed” releases that left-handed releases feel awkward.

  23. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    I thought about the whole eye dominance issue when I was writing this. The traditional eye dominance tests are inconclusive with me, so it’s never been a factor. I wonder if training to use your non-dominant eye is any different than learning to use your non-dominant hand for certain tasks? I’m a photographer too, and left-handed cameras are basically nonexistent so I have learned to use my right eye in the viewfinder.

    I know this much – I used to shoot with my left eye closed, but have more recently trained to shoot with both eyes open. After you get accustomed to it, target acquisition is much faster, which helps greatly whether you’re shooting clay targets or two-legged predators.

    1. avatar Don from CT says:

      If they are inconclusive for you. That is nice. But that is not how it is for most people. To not acknowledge that eye dominance can be important in an article that might be read by new shooters is simply irresponsible.

      Trust me. I’ve coached dozens of people who shot right handed and never knew they were left eye dominant.

      If they were experienced shooters, I would have them position the gun in front of their left eye. If they were new, I’d have them pick up the gun with their left hand. In all cases their shooting immediately improved.

      This is perhaps the worst “Guns for Beginners” column ever published by TTAG.


  24. avatar Don from CT says:

    The author is an very very wrong.

    As someone who has taught hundreds of people to shoot I can tell you that he is absolutely positively WRONG. Although my answer may also be a bit non traditional.

    If you are a new shooter, figure out what side is your dominant eye. Then shoot on that side. Period. Why? Because for a lot of shooting, you need to keep both eyes open to do well. This can only be done behind the dominant eye.

    The fact that the author never even thought to mention eye dominance but the commenters have, should tell you something. This is very simply bad bad bad advice.

    I am left handed and have had no trouble adapting. In certain cases, being left handed is an advantage (running an AK for example). In other cases, adapting is no big deal. And in some rare cases adding certain hardware is necessary. Shooting a 1911 compeititively is the only case where I NEEDED to ad an ambi anything to run a firearm as well as a RH person.


    1. avatar James Lee says:

      Yea, go with the eye that’s what i always tell new shooters. But i forced my wife and kids to be lefty shooters so we could simplify logistics and interchangeability on setups and gears. I just told them to shoot lefthanded with the right eye closed, as they couldn’t handle both-eyes-open at the beginning anyway. After a year or two they became left eye dominant. LOL. True story.

    2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Don, you seem to think it’s impossible to learn to shoot with both eyes open while lining up the sights with your non-dominant eye. I’m not convinced. I think if you have good vision in both eyes, you can learn either way.

      I remain open to opinions from ophthalmologists on that question.

      1. Eye dominance occurs in the brain as a result of habit. I am left eye dominant but line sights up with my right eye while I shoot right handed.
        In a DGU, I figure the first thing you see is your target and both eyes are open. As I bring the gun up, I see a double image of my gun sights. I bring the nearest image in line with the target and that means my right eye has rear sight, front sight and target in line. Both eyes remain open as I fire and I usually hit center mass. Any misses have more to do with poor grip or trigger control or premature recoil management. Eye dominance is the last thing I am concerned with.

        1. avatar mark s. says:

          It really isn’t an Ophthalmologist you need to consult ( Eye / Ear / Nose ? Throat , surgeon MD ) or even an
          ( Optometrist / Refractionist / Optician ). A mathematician and preferably one schooled in the matrix of Algebra is more and likely your best consultant here or those who have worked with a variety of people shooting hand guns , like those indivuals commenting here on TTAG who have encountered Algebraic Theorem through observation .
          This subject is about several different factors from the point of the eye to the first sight to the front sight to the target and how best to project a straight line in parallel to the path of your bullet .
          Dominate eye is a couple things . It is primarily the eye your brain has chosen as the one seeing the best for best synaptic performance . It is usually the eye you will naturally leave open when you want to clarify an object in the distance . It is the generally the eye with the least astigmatism and convergence insufficiency and or Diplopia . In other words , the one our brain has decided , for what ever reason , works best for its uses . It does not stay constant and can change many times over the coarse of a lifetime depending on a wide variety of circumstances , mainly , visual functionality . Using two eyes to shoot a pistol is not necessarily a bad thing and to some will be of no consequence to acquiring a target accurately , however it is recommended you find if you have a dominate eye and learn to shoot with it because you will eliminate the same amount of variance in your target as one half your pupillary distance in all instances . Shooting with both eyes has also been known to cause Fixation Dysfunction and VHM and VBM or dizziness and balance issues .
          The correlation between hand dominance and eye dominance , as has been repeatedly pointed out here , has never been linked , but as many a rifle hunter has found out , they sure can screw with your shot .
          The main objective is always to point your barrel in the straightest line between your sight and the target . right ?

    3. avatar scott says:

      In your opinion. Right?

  25. avatar MattG says:

    I’m a lefty and while I learned to do some things right handed out of necessity, I’ve always shot long gun and pistol left handed. I DO shoot bow right handed though even with being left eye dominant. The extra stength in my left arm gives me more stability at full draw. Might have to try long gun offhand as a righty to see if the benefit carries over.

  26. avatar James Lee says:

    Dude seriously? Running modern guns lefthanded is advantageous. Just the perk of looking straight down the ejection port when the gun hiccups instead of flipping is worth it. Plus you don’t fumble with the slide stop and cause a malfunction, if the gun is not designed by the marketing team as “ambi”, that is.
    I’m lefty on things that nobody taught me, like eating, or using a knife/axe or any hand tool with force. I’m righty when it was taught to me by somebody, like writing or using a mouse, or shooting. By the time i got formal firearms training i was already dead set on my way of running guns.

    1. avatar James Lee says:

      I meant i shoot lefthanded… Wtf was i thinking when i typed…

  27. avatar Accur81 says:

    Good article. I practice shooting left handed for the same reason.

  28. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Geez-one size does not fit all. Maybe the “sinister” left definition has some merit LOL…I suck shooting left. Not starting over in my sixties either. FWIW I thought it was was an excellent post Curtis…the attacks on you not so much.

    1. avatar scott says:


  29. avatar Wiregrass says:

    I am left handed, right eye dominant. I learned to shoot rifles right handed early on and still do. I think being able to use your strong hand on the forearm is actually an advantage.

    When I took up pistol shooting, I decided to follow this advice and learn to shoot pistols right handed as well. I shot this way for the first couples of years but found I really got better groups in bullseye competition using my left hand. So I can shoot with both hands but generally prefer using my left. I find the manual of arms is no big deal, I’ve adapted to loading both semi-autos and revolvers from a left handed shooting position (who really uses slide stops anyway?). I don’t find it that awkward to turn my head slightly more to the left for lining up the sights. It’s just a matter of adapting, something lefties are skilled at doing.

  30. avatar onezero says:

    I’m right handed, left eye dominant. Did not even know about eye dominance until my mid 30’s. Which would explain why it took me three tries to fire Expert with an M-14. Once I changed my stance & eye, I found out I didn’t really suck at shooting a pistol. I am more accurate weak hand only than strong hand only.

    1. avatar mark s. says:

      Seriously , not instructed eye dominance in military training ? whew !

  31. avatar General Zod says:

    Right handed, right eye dominant, but I practice shooing my pistols left-handed in case I ever injure my right hand while needing to shoot…

  32. avatar michael says:

    Ak is awesome for lefties. No reaching over or under to rack it. Also m&p’s, hk vp9, and right handed bolt guns are easier being a lefty n my opinion. Had to sell my sub 2000 because of residue hitting my face like hot bacon grease. Loved that thing too. If they only made spiraled notebooks with spirals on opposite side. Also get ink all over bottom of my hand, and smear words as i write. Sucks.

  33. avatar mark says:

    Seriously, go piss up a rope. Leftys endure no end to the “just shoot righty” crap – i just ordered a Stag lefty upper – no guilt, no regrets, and not worried about resale value.

    You can pry it from my cold, dead (left) hand.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      At least I know you won’t be begging to shoot my Hi-Points at the range.

  34. avatar TM says:

    I learned to do many things with both hands. I could bat either side, use a racket with both hands, and other sports. Most of the time I would always go left for the advantage. I learned to shoot with both hands and trained myself to shoot both eyes open with either hand. I played paintball for almost 20 years and would use either hand naturally. People know you shoot from your right side of cover and would arc balls in on that side. Switching to the left side surprised some. That said I prefer to carry and shoot from my left. I know I have quicker reaction time from that side, it is more natural. I wish the single stack compact guns were lefty friendly. I know the Sig 238 can be ambi for a price and the 938 is but for when I pocket carry I do not want a SA in my pocket.

  35. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    I’m completely ambidextrous. I do not have a dominant eye, and can shoot either way. My right trigger finger is slightly shorter than the left, but both are so short there are a good many guns I can’t shoot at all… can’t reach the trigger. I have both handguns and rifles. Don’t have a bolt action gun, all semi-autos. But that darn brass hitting my face is a problem. 🙂

    So, I’ve trained with both hands, and each hand alone for a long time. I think it is important to learn to shoot with either hand, and either hand alone.

  36. avatar Mark Chamberlain says:

    In addition to the possibility of injury to one’s dominant hand, learning to shoot with one’s non-dominant hand is important in maximizing the use of cover.

  37. avatar Paul Hurst says:

    Bad idea.

    Eye dominance should determine whether you are left or right handed. Goal should be ambi skills, though one will always be dominant in most cases.

  38. avatar CNS says:

    I’m a left handed shooter and I strongly disagree with this article. My left hand is dominant in every facet of life, from throwing to writing. It would have been infinitely harder for me to learn how to shoot right handed then it was for me to get used to handling guns designed for right handed people. Learning how to shoot presents enough challenges without doing so with a hand that nature did not select for you to shoot with.

    Almost all guns can easily be handled by a left handed shooter. The only ones that can’t are ones with a manual safety that is only on one side of the gun. I’ve found most modern guns either have a double-sided safety, or simply have no manual safety at all, so this isn’t a huge restriction. There is also the issue of bolt action rifles, but you can simply get a different type of rifle or a rifle specifically made with the lever on the other side.

    If your left hand is your best hand, that’s the hand you should use for shooting, end of story.

  39. avatar Ralph says:

    When I was in college, my nickname was “Lefty” because I was so inept with my left hand playing sports. So I learned to bat left handed and shoot left handed. I got very good at batting lefty and quite functional shooting lefty too.

    Learning to shoot handguns week-hand only is a necessary part of self defense training.

  40. avatar Adam says:

    I’m a lefty and left eye dominate. I can shoot rifles from the bench right handed but I cant pull off standing and holding the rifle right handed.

  41. avatar Will in Oregon says:

    I grew up shooting left handed, I’ve never had any issue shooting right handed firearms, with the exception of my SR-762 occasionally ejecting brass in to my cheek, I’ve shot lots and lots of bolt, pump, break action, and semi auto rifles and shotguns and for the most part its a non issue. I own several left handed bolt guns just for ergonomic reasons, but they aren’t any more expensive than a comparable right handed rife would be, often times you can find them on consignment for way less than MSRP. Even in my military career, qualifying on both the M-16 and M-4 have been non issues.

  42. avatar mark s. says:

    I waited so long for someone to mention it and so far , no hits , so here it goes , someone needs to point out how fortunate we all were as adolescents to have been either right hand or left hand dominate so we could experience the pleasures of the non dominate hand as a relative unknown entity in experiencing adolescence .
    In actuality , I think I understand the authors point , suggesting that everyone learn to shoot right handed , because firearms manufactures produce so much stuff geared toward or favoring R and we may never know what will end up in our hands in a defensive environment and chances are , it will favor the righty .

  43. avatar ken says:

    And it should be added that evif you aren’t left handed, then learn to shoot that way also.

  44. avatar ken says:

    If this site wouldn’t keep bombing me off in the middle, the post above would have said:
    Even if you are right handed, you should learn to shoot lefty. Never can tell when your strong hand might get disabled. Esp. if bullets are flying around. Which will probably happen if you ever really NEED your firearm.

  45. avatar Timmy! says:

    I am right handed but in college, when I took fencing, I chose to learn to do it left handed. It really throws off the competition when you stand facing them the “wrong” way! I also taught myself to throw darts lefty for the occasional bar bet… hmm, I hope no one here lost money throwing darts in Denton, Texas in the late eighties.

  46. avatar LUcas says:

    I shoot naturally left handed, but have been able to shoot with both hands since a young age. I shot an IDPA match some time ago and the judges said that was the first time they had seen someone change hands mid shoot to accommodate a corner, I thought everyone could do it.

  47. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

    I’m left handed but right eye dominant. I practice from both sides and with handguns, I practice both two handed and one handed. I’ve taught my son to do so, as well.

    The correct title of the piece should be to learn to shoot both sides.

  48. avatar Charles says:

    My youngest son is a lefty and is right eye dominant. He learned to shoot long guns right handed with no problem (several deer and squirrels could attest if you can contact the spirit world). He is learning to shoot a handgun right handed also. I will admit that learning to shoot handguns right handed is not as natural for him. I am just odd. I am right handed. I shoot right handed. I write, eat, etc right handed. But I use a shovel, broom, or bat left handed (I can actually bat equally well either way but left handed feels better). I find “handedness” very interesting.

  49. avatar Rikoshay says:

    Started out left handed. Still am mostly. Didn’t know about the mouse thing. Just thought how they’re made, kind of like scissors, excepts I use right handed scissors with my left hand. Which is weird because I can write forwards or backwards with both. But I shot left handed. Love my Model 320 Winchester 22lr. Shot like a semiauto practically. But other people seem to have some kind of problem catching my footballs and frizbees.

  50. avatar Duncan says:

    Dan, why do you propagate this BS?? All the crap of learn to shoot right-handed, eye dominance… All garbage. I know you gotta stroke the gun manufacturers to keep your job, but the real problem is you should be calling them out for not making handguns ambidextrous!! Problem solved.

    There is zero reason to not make all handguns ambidextrous. Zero. Three of the most reliable and accurate pistols I own are fully ambidextrous. FNX, CZ85 and Bersa Thunder Pro. My Bersa is in 45acp! So, yeah, there is another choice for full ambi 45!

    Oh, Chip, its a slide stop to lock the slide back and a slide release to send it forward. Slingshoting a slide takes about 5X longer than pressing a lever. It may only take less than a second to slingshot the slide, but in a gunfight, I want all the seconds I can get.

  51. avatar Duncan says:

    BTW, lefties may only make up 10% of the general population, but in one on one combat sports that jumps to 30%. Lefties are just better fighters!

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  53. avatar RobertB says:

    Going to start teaching my left handed Son to shoot. Found 1 left handed .22LR but it doesn’t have open sights. After reading the article, I tested him to see which eye is dominate. Surprised to find his right eye is dominate. Should make shooting right handed easy for him.

  54. avatar Governor51 says:

    Sometimes fate and mother nature collude to turn your strong side into your weak side without giving you a choice. Learn to shoot from either side before it becomes an issue!

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