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#577297 08/08/20 02:13 PM
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My re-education in the world of shooting sports continues.

I have been slowly moving my shotgunning over to the right shoulder after about fifty years of shooting off the left. Had I but known about eye dominance, circa 1974 or so, I might have started down this path much sooner, as I have suffered with that the whole time as well.

I have been playing with different guns about the place, except, of course, the lefty specific models, to see what seems to be the easiest to perform with. My Son is a budding shotguner, and wants to shoot on his school league when he becomes qualified to do so, next year.

Thus far, the Richland 20 gauge with 28Ē tubes, Mod and Imp Mod chokes, pistol grip and ugly beavertail has been the gun that gives me hope on the trap field. I shot a 20 of 25 today, ho-hum in a previous time for me, quietly satisfying after three attempts at my local club. I have more guns to try, but, I want to run the SXS guns as hard as I can, as that is what I want to use afield.

Recoil has been more pronounced to me since the switch. My middle finger on my right hand gets bruised, probably need to think harder about my grip, and put the little cushion I have for a triggerguard, on the gun. I feel clumsy shooting this way, not natural, and a bit off. But, I am thankful I can still try to shoot, and for my Sonís company and his dramatic improvement in just a few weeks. He is shooting a 12 gauge pump, and canít get enough time out there. He went from a 2 to 15 in about three rounds, I coach a little, simple things I can see him doing wrong, lifting his head at the shot, checking his swing, etc, but, Iíve mostly let him be.



A Mossberg day for both of us. Think I shot a 17 that day.

It could be worse. I look forward to the coming bird season, and count my blessings.

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Well done Ted . I have the eye dominance thing going on and the thought of switching shoulders gives me nightmares.


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James,
Trust me, it should. Maybe there are guys that can make it look easy.

But, that guy ainít me.

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That`s quite a challenge ,hope it works out for you!!!

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Stay the course, it WILL get better. Forced to switch sides quite a while ago. Now it's second nature. Best of luck to you both!
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If you can shoot with your boy, that's a good enough excuse to shoot from which ever side you want. My boy is a bit older, but still a college kid. Over the last two weeks I threw many hundreds of hand and cheapie spring thrower targets for him. Coach your boy up anyway, it really can work out surprisingly well. We also shot a bunch of pistol, he just left this morning to head back.

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I had such a bad flinch right handed that I had to start shooting left handed. It was that or quit. I had stopped shooting for six months and the flinch was waiting for my return.

I made the switch with a .410 to remove all recoil issues. Easy to do for me as I had learned to throw and bat from both right handed and left handed in baseball. After a few months I was once again breaking mid 90's in practice with the .410 in Skeet and 88-92 in trap at 16 yards.

After a couple years shooting left handed I went back to right handed. It took less than two weeks to be comfortable right handed and the flinch was gone for the most part. Maybe once in a hundred. Not once in five shots like before. Most times I can withhold fire when I flinch and just shoot the bird a bit later. When I had my bad flinch problem I looked like a drunk, with a bayonet, when it happened. I did not mind the laughter but it was becoming a safety issue in my mind. Now my flinch just makes me look like a old fellow who can not catch the bird. Hang in there your shooting will become smoother and more consistent.

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Craig,
Really glad to hear your boy is heading back to school.

I suppose my brain needs to be retrained in the art of leaving both eyes open to shoot, but, the vision thing is troublesome. The difference between my eyes is almost to the point of feeling like double vision, my right eye is correctable to 20/20, the left has a distortion due to a wrinkle or bulge in the reattached retina. The blur from that also seems to float in the field of view, making it truly useless for shooting. For now, I just close the left eye, but, even just minimally, it would be nice to have the additional depth perception from binocular vision. Iím hoping to try that in due time.

At least Iím shooting.

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Very interesting post, KyJon. One question, knowing that you are a bird hunter, too. Did you ever flinch when shooting at a game bird? Or, wasn't only on clay birds?


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Originally Posted By: KY Jon
I had such a bad flinch right handed that I had to start shooting left handed. It was that or quit. I had stopped shooting for six months and the flinch was waiting for my return.

I made the switch with a .410 to remove all recoil issues. Easy to do for me as I had learned to throw and bat from both right handed and left handed in baseball. After a few months I was once again breaking mid 90's in practice with the .410 in Skeet and 88-92 in trap at 16 yards.

After a couple years shooting left handed I went back to right handed. It took less than two weeks to be comfortable right handed and the flinch was gone for the most part. Maybe once in a hundred. Not once in five shots like before. Most times I can withhold fire when I flinch and just shoot the bird a bit later. When I had my bad flinch problem I looked like a drunk, with a bayonet, when it happened. I did not mind the laughter but it was becoming a safety issue in my mind. Now my flinch just makes me look like a old fellow who can not catch the bird. Hang in there your shooting will become smoother and more consistent.
A release trigger might have been easier, Iím guessing.


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