Tuesday, July 14, 2009


When I was into shotgunning, being cross-dominant (right-handed and left-eye-dominant) was a problem. But here is a video from the BBC on the movement to relax gun laws in Tennessee (they're agin' it, by the way) where the pistol shooter appears to be cross-dominant.

Any instructors out there know if being cross-dominant is a major problem in pistol shooting?

h/t The Smallest Minority. Excellent post, by the way; absolutely outstanding. RTWT


Rustmeister said...

I'm not only cross-dominant, by dominant eye is significantly weaker than my other one.

It's a wonder I can hit anything at all.

But, in answer to your question, it doesn't seem to hurt my pistol shooting.

Don Gwinn said...

It doesn't bother me much, but I do what she's doing and turn my head a bit so I can use my left eye. I keep the right open, but it's still a theoretical handicap because you can't see what's going on off to your left at all.

And on a rifle or shotgun, I just use the right eye and deal with it.

James R. Rummel said...

Both Rustmeister and Don have it pretty much down. When shooting a handgun, and you are cross-eye-dominant, just turning your head a little bit to bring the off-side eye into alignment with the sights is all that is needed.

I have also noticed that most CED shooters like to close their non-dominant eye. I've seen some old school instructors become sort of grumpy about this, since "keep both eyes open" is a mantra for those who think that preparing for a gun fight is the only reason to learn how to shoot in the first place, but it never really bothered me.

It has been my experience that CED is only a problem when shooting rifles, and shotguns to a lesser degree. But, as Don points out, self discipline is the way to overcome that particular discomfort.

Kevin said...

Thanks for the link!