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Old 12-06-2018, 11:42 AM   #1
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My five year old son is left handed. However, whenever he shoots a bb gun he goes back and forth from shooting right and left handed. Any tips for how to help him figure out which way to shoot? I have him shoot both ways and ask him which way is easier but he changes his answer each time.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:43 AM   #2
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Maybe find out which eye is his dominant eye? Could that help?
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:47 AM   #3
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Definitely have him do a simple eye dominance test -it will make a huge difference to start him out properly. One of my sons is right handed but I figured out at age 5 he was left eye dominant. He started shooting a bb gun left handed and it became natural for him quickly.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:47 AM   #4
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Go with the dominate eye.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:49 AM   #5
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Shooting depends on eye dominance. Have him hold his arms out stretch in front of him, cross his hands leaving a small hole between the wenis of each hand (hold hands if wearing mittens, palms facing away from him, fingers and thumbs crossing one another, this hole for viewing is sort of like a peep sight). Have him pick out an object to look at through the peep hole, then center it with both eyes, then close one eye and alternate back and forth. The dominant eye will be the one where the picture does not move. Hard to explain, does that make sense?
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:49 AM   #6
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Yep, test for dominate eye.

https://www.allaboutvision.com/resou...t-eye-test.htm
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:23 PM   #7
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Shooting depends on eye dominance. Have him hold his arms out stretch in front of him, cross his hands leaving a small hole between the wenis of each hand (hold hands if wearing mittens, palms facing away from him, fingers and thumbs crossing one another, this hole for viewing is sort of like a peep sight). Have him pick out an object to look at through the peep hole, then center it with both eyes, then close one eye and alternate back and forth. The dominant eye will be the one where the picture does not move. Hard to explain, does that make sense?
Oh man! Five years old? He haw.
RH people shooting LH because they are left eye dominate can make due shooting RH rifles & shotguns. They just have to get used to brass flying by their face.
Except when your using a bolt action rifle and especially if your using a scope. Do the kid a big favor and buy him a LH bolt action rifle when he's old enough. If he is left eye dominate?
Older Remington 700 BDL in 7MM & 30-06 are everywhere and can be bought at "regular" prices 308 not so much.
Lever action and semi automatics rifle also help with if your RH but left eyed.
If your 5 year old son is left eyed? You might consider other thing like teaching him to bat LH or be a switch hitter. Good luck and remember he's 5 & is still a knucklehead.

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Old 12-06-2018, 02:28 PM   #8
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Thanks. I'll try the dominant eye test and see what I can figure out.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:32 PM   #9
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I'm left eye dominant and shoot right handed. Never had any issues with it really. Keep both eyes open when you shoot.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:36 PM   #10
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Like others said, figure out which eye is dominant.

I have a LH brother that has always shot (and missed) right handed. Recently started shooting lefty and STILL couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. I'm not exaggerating. He literally misses more often than not. I watched him miss the largest deer EVER seen on our property from 10yds with an AR. Swear! By now, it's a mental issue. Pictures the miss before he even shoots.

Point is, figure out which eye is dominant and start him off correctly. Will save a lot of frustration/embarrassment in the future.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:28 PM   #11
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Like others said, figure out which eye is dominant.


Point is, figure out which eye is dominant and start him off correctly. Will save a lot of frustration/embarrassment in the future.
This is great advice.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:37 PM   #12
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My 8 year old is definite righty but has to shoot left handed because of Dominant Eye. Made a huge difference once i figured out what was going on.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:43 PM   #13
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he's too young to bother with such things. Give him a couple of years so that he understands things better.
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:12 AM   #14
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Be aware eye dominance can change as they they grow up
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:57 AM   #15
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My son was left eye dominant, but right handed. At that age, I just taped up his left lens on the eye protection. Once he got old enough to control the eyes where he could squint the left, the tape came off. He’s 18 now, shoots everything right handed with no ill effects.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:06 AM   #16
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Looks like a bunch beat me to it.

I'm left handed and use my left hand for almost everything, but I'm right eye dominant.

My dad duzy is right handed and left eye dominant...
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:11 AM   #17
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my brother is right handed but left eye dominant. he tried both ways as a kid. shooting LH was more natural for him. so, he went that way.
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Old 12-08-2018, 01:12 PM   #18
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In shooting a rifle, whether with optics or open iron sights, if you close one eye, the eye that remains open IS the dominant eye. Pretty simple really. Eye dominance only becomes a problem when shooting with both eyes open like in shotgunning or bow hunting. At 5 years old, he and his eyes may change dominance from one side to the other for a while yet. Most of the time when a young kid is shooting a bb gun, you can tell which eye is dominant because he will naturally try to aim with that eye. If he holds his gun right handed, and he's left-eyed dominant, he will try to lay his head down on the gun so he can use his left eye to aim. Conversely, if he's right handed and right eyed, he will almost naturally mount the bb gun and aim with the correct (right) eye. He could be still developing and no eye has achieved dominance just yet. I'd just watch him and see how he tries to shoot. ...could give you all the information you need to start to teach him to shoot properly. Just let him do it how he feels best for now... JMHO. And I have taught a lot of kids to shoot, especially with shotguns...
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Old 12-08-2018, 01:19 PM   #19
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My GF is right handed Right eye as well but has issue with a scope and I have to tape your shoot glass on left side she keeps tying to open it
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Old 12-08-2018, 03:53 PM   #20
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My GF is right handed Right eye as well but has issue with a scope and I have to tape your shoot glass on left side she keeps tying to open it
HUH?? Are you saying you tape a "SHOT" glass over her left eye because she wants to open it when shooting with a scope??? There's nothing wrong with shooting with both eyes open with a scope... The best shooters do that, especially at small targets at unknown range... I don't understand maybe what you were trying to say??
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