Genetic Freak !?!


Cool By Association
Verified SOF
Oct 18, 2008
I found out while I was in GP that I SUCK at shooting the pistol:doh:, I am left eye dominant and fire the M4 with left hand. For some reason when I shoot pistol with my left hand I can't hit anything. I tried shooting right handed and with my right eye but that was a no go. The pistol feels like I should hold it in my right hand....I am totally lost ! Anyone out there had any experience dealing with this ?
Both eyes open, front sight to target, target should appear hazy. Concentrate on front sight matched with rear sights. Follow through on trigger each and every shot. That's enuf for now, I'm tired :D

Also look for Todd Jarret videos. There here somewhere. (search feature) :evil:

Anybody wanna add more ?
My Dad shoots right handed, but left eye dominant, and has no problems with it.
But, as most point out it's better to keep both eyes open...and the dominant eye will take over naturally.

My advice: just shoot with what's comfortable. If that happens to be right handed and left eye dominant, so be it.

I am finding that since I have been shooting with BOTH eyes open, my "dominance" is changing to more of the left eye, after a lifetime of right eye dominance.
I have looked into this and found that it's NOT UNCOMMON as we age.
Almost like we "wear it out" (the dominant eye) and it's forced to change in later years.
Also, if you're shooting around a barricade with your right hand, you will want to use your right as not to expose your whole face. That may require you to close your left (dominant) eye for that short amount of time.

But, as I said my Dad shoots right hand/left eye and has had NO PROBLEMS with it.
He just has to turn his head slightly.

It's comical as hell watching him shoot his Rem700 rifle that way(right handed/left eye) he puts the side of his nose (rather than his cheek) on the buttstock. But it works.

With a pistol, he only turns his head (just slightly) and lines up his right handed pistol with his left eye. No problems. It's whatever works for you, Bro.
Thanks for the advice guys ! I will be going to the range this weekend again to see if I can get it right. I ll will definitely try the chart saint and try to correct the deficiencies.
As has already been said above, go back to the principles. Bottom line, anyone can shoot a pistol well, if they have decent (correctable) vision, if they have normal mobility and range of motion with their hands and shoulders, and if they are willing to put the time and effort into developing proficiency in it.

I shoot pistols 1 or 2 times a week, almost every week, and while I am at the range I am amazed at the diversity of people there that can shoot relatively well.