Go­ing leftie?

Sporting Shooter - - Ask The Experts -

QI have re­cently started shoot­ing again and have found out (since I was miss­ing a few clays), that my left eye has be­come re­ally dom­i­nant. I have had my stock cast slightly by a gun­smith and have bought the Red Eye shoot­ing aid, which has helped.

Can you sug­gest any­thing else as I would like to be able to shoot without block­ing a part of my left eye with the tool?

DON BRUNT replies: I’m as­sum­ing that you are prob­a­bly in your 40s or 50s, which is when eye dom­i­nance can change. How­ever, do con­sider your gun fit as well, as if your build has changed dra­mat­i­cally then the dif­fer­ence in the eye/rib/stock re­la­tion­ship can prompt one eye to take over.

If we as­sume that your dom­i­nance has switched, and you have tried the ob­vi­ous an­swers with the patch on your glasses, you could also try a fi­bre op­tic bead like the Easy Hit, which draws the eye over the rib and helps it to take charge.

How­ever, the best bet in the long term would be to switch shoul­ders and shoot from the left. This would en­tail chang­ing guns to a left­hander, un­less you can get a re­place­ment stock for your cur­rent gun. There will be a pe­riod of prob­a­bly 500 to 1,000 shots when things will feel very strange, but with mount­ing prac­tice at home, it will be sur­pris­ing how quickly you can be­come ac­cus­tomed to it. It may not be the cheap­est so­lu­tion, but it’s most likely the one that will solve it once and for all.

There are many ways to solve eye dom­i­nance prob­lems, such as a ‘shot spot’ on your shoot­ing glasses

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