Practice with off hand

Who here practices seriously with their non-dominant hand? I have had some interesting conversations at the range when I start practicing off hand. I generaly run about 100 rounds every other week this way.
Thoughts and opinions?

9 Likes

That would depend on what you consider seriously. While I can do many things with either hand I am not truly ambidextrous. My goal is to put more rounds than not center mass with my off hand. I will put at least a couple full mags down range with off-hand every time I am there (unless taking out someone new for their first time shooting).

4 Likes

I practice with my off hand ever range session. In an SD situation I can’t be sure of finding cover that favors my strong side. I usually run some with two hands, then strong hand only, then off hand only. I also try to use my non-dominant eye sometimes, but that can get pretty embarrassing!

Regards.

5 Likes

do you generally shoot with both eyes open or do you close one

1 Like

I usually end up closing one eye, but I consciously try to use both. My eyes seem to be a lot older than my mind and can be reluctant to give me a good sight picture when I use both, although it is easier to use both eyes when shooting two handed. (Isoceles stance)

Regards.

3 Likes

I can certainly understand that. I suffered damage to much optic nerve. So I force myself to use both eyes.

2 Likes

Can’t my non-dominant hand is really messed up. I couldn’t hold a gun in my non-dominant hand I’ve had three big operations on my left hand and I have constant unrelenting pain so holding anything even a fork is not happening.
Three years ago in Chicago was shot in my hand by a street gang member lost my left first finger.

2 Likes

I learned to shoot from the US Army when I went in 1969 with both eyes open, so I just don’t close my eyes all these years later.

4 Likes

I encourage it in all of my students but with as little control as I have of my left hand and arm I’m putting everyone around me at risk anytime I try to do so myself so I reserve that practice for when I’m alone on my own range.

3 Likes

Yes I practice weak hand. My groupings are less than desirable but is on target.
You never know when your strong hand will be taken out of the game.

4 Likes

Yes, with my non dominant hand. Like @MikeBKY said, I don’t group as nicely, but, I can get the job done if pressed into action that way.

2 Likes

I do practice with my non dominant hand. Like others I don’t shoot as well with it. I do keep all my rounds mostly in the 9 and dome in the 8 ring on a silhouette target nine dominant hand.

4 Likes

I have shot left and right hand starting at 18 years old. I don’t see a problem with it. And for the ones that can’t, I would say PRACTICES you never know when you’ll have to do it.

3 Likes

I’ve only had it for a month an half or so, but dry fire with a MantisX has been quite fruitful, especially for off-hand improvement. The first pistol I had to work with it is a DAO P220 circa 10 years ago and the pull is stiff for a hand which isn’t used to being used for … everything… That said, in MantisX terms my off hand is scoring 80s now on a 10 round course of fire, so the repetition has been quite successful. I recommend it. When I’m on the range in live-fire I use single-action 22LR for 70% of training. It was FAR safer for everyone just after I started. Now, full defense loads on said P220? No worries - for me or the folks right or left!

3 Likes

From a purely mental aspect as a former FTO as a FLEO we moved away from the terms strong and weak. Not criticizing just offering a different thought, surviving the encounter has a lot of mental aspect we moved to dominant and support. The idea was to reinforce that there was nothing weak about our physical abilities to better survive the fight. Just a thought good sir.

2 Likes

:point_up:

And well named - “non dominant”… not “weak” :+1:

2 Likes

I just go with ‘right and left’ :wink:
When teaching though, I use non-dominant.

I do left hand fire most range trips usually single hand. I’m going to add two hand left as well. My left hand groups are about 50% bigger right now, and I’m slower but both speed and accuracy are improving quickly.

What I need to work on is getting to my gun, in the holster, left-handed.

5 Likes

@MikeB I agree and usually refer to dominant and non-dominant. Depending on the audience, I may switch back and forth. My pet peeve is referring to a magazine as a clip. I have seen and used clips. They are a pain in the arse and nothing like a magazine.

4 Likes

@MikeBKY I use clips every day… they keep my hair out of my face rather nicely :grin:

7 Likes

@Zee we need a :heart: button not just a :+1:!

8 Likes