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One of my sons has been shooting low and left. I had him snap in a couple times so I could watch him. I have had him shooting right handed, which he naturally goes to now, but I found he is aiming with his left eye. I should have realized this when I noticed he was getting real low to the butt stock. Here is the issue. He is both left and right handed. (You should see him play base ball). Should I get him to start shooting left handed, or should I train him to use his right eye? What are your thoughts?

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If he is left eye dominate. It would be best to shoot left handed.
You can check eye dominance by forming a diamond with your fore fingers and thumbs.
Extend your arms in front of you and focus at an object, through you fingers, with both eyes open.
Without moving. Close either eye and then the other.
Whichever eye keeps a visual of the object you are focusing on. Is the dominate eye.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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I had the same issue when I was younger... it really gets tough to shoot dove or quail when you have this problem. I wound up adapting by closing my left eye, as I found it is possible to aim with the less dominant eye. This is not, however, ideal, and if your son is young enough, get him shooting left handed. I wish I had, but I've learned to shoot with one eye closed.

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Location: Phila., PA
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gotta go with which ever eye is dominate.
it can be done shooting lefty or righty
my wife is a lefty, but can do most everything left or right, she was shooting righty for a while, decent, but sporatic...
shooting lefty...holes touching in groupings! not all the time, but more often than me! Oops!
bottom line...go with dominate eye or you will be fighting yourself.

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Thanks guys!

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I was in the same boat when I was young. I'm left handed but do somethings like golf with my right hand. When my father took me to the rifle range my first time he handed me a pistol and told me to aim it, I naturally picked it up with my left hand and used my left eye to aim. That was how he determined how I was going to shoot a rifle. Just find out what eye is dominate. If he's left eye dominate he has to shoot with his left hand. Do the pistol trick it works every time.

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I just did the pistol trick. I threw him a squirt gun and told him to aim at my coffee cup. He held right hand, but aimed with his left eye! Guess we'll be spending some time at the range this week. I'm kind of happy. I have a remington .22 bolt that my uncle gave me. It's a left hand model, so I thought I'd never have use for it. When my son gets older he'll be using that.

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You can train your non dominant eye to take over. I had to for pistol shooting. I'm right handed and left eye dominant. Have him wear shooting glasses and use scotch tape on his dominant eye. His right eye will start to strenghten and take over and he will train it to be dominant. I worked for me and lots of others. Thumbs up

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Good shooting is mostly about being comfortable. Have him shoot the lefty rifle a few times to become familiar with it. When he is used to it, have him shoot a right handed rifle a few times. After that, ask him which one he was more comfortable shooting. If he likes the lefty, then he should start shooting that way. If he likes the righty, he will need to learn to train the right eye to shoot.

You should also consider having his eyes checked, he could be favoring the left for other reasons.

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Funny you should mention that. I did get his eyes checked just a few weeks ago. They checked out fine. So I'm back with the dominancy and comfortability deal. I definately agree with the comfort part. I guess that would actually be whatever comes natural to him right?

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Location: Mobile County, Alabama
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Yes, for the most part. People tend to use their natural reflexes in situations of stress and excitement. Most hunters, especially younger ones, get real excited when given the opportunity to take a nice game animal. In this situation, he will most like do what comes natural to him unless he effectively trains himself to do otherwise.

On the other hand, he really does need to learn to shoot with his dominant eye. If this is natural for him, that's cool.

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