I am a righty who has struggled with cross-dominance my whole life. My dad figured out that I was cross-dominant when I was about seven years old on one of our regular trips to the gravel pits to plink some cans. My dad spotted me shooting my .22 bolt action rifle right-handed with my left eye open and my head stretched across the butt of the gun to see the sights. Very awkward shooting position especially for a seven year old. Just for giggles he switched me to a left handed shooting position and I couldn’t miss! I was too young to know what ‘cross dominant’ meant, but what I did know was that I could hit where I aimed. His gift to me not long after this discovery was a .22 semi-automatic to replace the bolt-action I could no longer shoot as a lefty.
Fast forward 23 years and I’m learning to shoot pistol for personal protection. As you can imagine, my first few times out to the range were chaos trying to shoot right handed with my left eye open … trying to shoot left handed with my left eye open … trying to shoot with both eyes open ….
There are several schools of thought on how to address issues of cross dominance where shooting pistol is concerned. Bill Rogers is quoted in the article below suggesting that the best solution is to learn to shoot the pistol with the hand that matches the dominant eye. As a woman who carries concealed, that would have me carrying my firearm on my weak side and learning to master all of my manipulations with my weaker hand. I tried it, believe me I tried. But I was just terribly unsuccessful. Therefore, rather than learn to shoot pistol left-handed I worked very very hard to train my right eye to compensate for the dominance issue. According to the experts, this is NOT the most optimal solution.
What are your thoughts? Do you struggle with cross dominance? Have you found a suitable solution? Check out the blog post by Tom Givens to see what he has to say about it!https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/ccm-columns/behind-the-line/the-cross-dominant-shooter/