|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
Howdy, You know, I figured out about 4 years ago that I had the same problem as you do. It's not easy to lean your left eye all the way over to look through an open sight. So I realized I had three choices. One, I could learn to shoot left-handed, which is what I do now. I'm not bad with a shotgun, but with rifles I have a little more trouble keeping them steady. Learning to shoot left-handed takes some practice, and it feels a little funny, but you can learn how to do it. Millions of left-handed people do it all the time. My next choice was to learn to sight with my right eye. You can't really change your eye dominance, but even left-eyed people can learn how to use their right eyes. It's like being right-handed. If your right hand was in a cast for 2 years, you'd eventually learn how to use your left hand just as well as your right, but you'd still be right-handed. At first, it's not easy to learn to use your non-dominant eye. The simplest (but not usually the easiest) solution is to learn how to close your left eye while keeping your right one open. This will get easier the more you do it. It's just a matter of practice. If you just can't learn to keep that eye shut, then you could try putting a patch over your left eye while shooting, although this would be a little awkward while hunting. Or else you could just get your gun out every night (without loading it, of course) and just try to look through the sight with your right eye. Sooner or later, you'll get it. What might make it easier is to have someone cover your left eye, sight with your right, and then have your helper uncover your left eye. Hopefully, with you already concentrating on your right eye, you'll block out your left eye automatically. Eventually, though, it's just a matter of practice until you learn to suppress that left eye while shooting. It's not easy. I still have some trouble, and I've been shooting for a while. If everything else fails, you can try the easiest solution of all: shoot handguns. It's a piece of cake to shoot right handed and aim left-eyed. Course, you might have some trouble bringing down a deer at 50 yards with a revolver, but at least you can use your left eye! Good hunting, Tom
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