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advice for teaching a new shooter

My girlfriend wants to learn to shoot. She's not TERRIBLY enthusiastic about it, but she agrees since we have guns in the house she should know how to use them correctly and safely. She has never, in her entire life, shot so much as a bb gun, so she will be starting from scratch.

Here's the thing, she's wrong-eyed. Her left eye is dominant, she has a slight astigmatism in her right eye, but she's right handed. Now, all of my firearms are right-handed. Most of them could be fired left handed though things like bolts, safeties, and breech locks would be a little awkward.

Do I teach her to squint her dominant eye to shoot with her dominant hand given that my firearms are designed for right-handed shooting, or should she shoot left-handed and use her dominant eye?

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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

Let her try a .22 from both sides and see which side she feels most comfortable with.

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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

Not much of a problem with handguns, but right handed bolt guns are nearly impossible to shoot well with a left eye dominant situation.

Here's one "trick" I've used in that situation: Let the person shoot lefthand and teach them to tightly grip the buttstock between their left elbow and ribcage (barrel slightly elevated upwards), left hand remaining firmly on stock wrist area, while working the bolt with their right hand.

It works well with light weight rifles, like most 22s. Practice it a bit yourself, then see if the "student" can adapt that method.

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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

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Not much of a problem with handguns, but right handed bolt guns are nearly impossible to shoot well with a left eye dominant situation.

Here's one "trick" I've used in that situation: Let the person shoot lefthand and teach them to tightly grip the buttstock between their left elbow and ribcage (barrel slightly elevated upwards), left hand remaining firmly on stock wrist area, while working the bolt with their right hand.

It works well with light weight rifles, like most 22s. Practice it a bit yourself, then see if the "student" can adapt that method.

I hope you are not saying that right hand bolt guns are difficult for a left hander to use. I don't think that's what you're saying but I'm not following you. I've used right hand bolt guns left handed ever since I can remember without a problem or difficulty.
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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

having never shot befor what they know and what you can teach them are up for grabs. i'd be more concerend with the pushbutton safties. but you can also teach that in reverse as well. if they feel the safty it will fire. and honestly imo unless your hunting birds or bunnies which direction the safty pushes is irrelivent, its just what we learned when we first started to shoot

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but right handed bolt guns are nearly impossible to shoot well "right handed" with a left eye dominant situation.
That any better?

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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

I would just have her squint her left eye.

Thats what I've always done.

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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

Have her shoot both eyes open and in reality you should teach her to shoot from her dominant eye side regardless of her dominant hand.
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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

Start her on a handgun.

Its 100% opposite of what I would say if she wasnt wrong eyed. However, YOU need to get her comfortable shooting, start with a 22lr revolver. Once she sends a bunch downrange, then adapt her to a wrong side (for her) rifle. She would know what the bang is going to be, and wouldn't be scared of it.

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Re: advice for teaching a new shooter

Go on the web or to the library and get Jack OConnors articles for beginning shooters. If she can read, after finishing Jacks tutoring, she will be able to shoot. He said and I agree, the best shooters in history were greehorns with no bad habits, they only learned the right way.

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