Learn the Tricks of Ambidextrous Shooting

 

Which hand do you shoot with? Odds are it’s dependant on right handedness or left handedness. Odds are it’s your right – only around 10% of the population is left handed.

 

So, Righty, ever try shooting with your left? (Or visa versa?) I have and it feels a little off. Technically it’s the exact same motions in the other hand. No biggie, right? No. It’s different, entirely. The aim is a real challenge. But, before you ever get to aiming and shooting, just holding the gun feels weird.

 

Jeremiah Johnson and Ready Nutrition wrote up a good article about why it pays to practice shooting with your “other” hand. The practice, and a little patience, make it doable. And, as JJ points out, there may be a time when you’ll actually need to shoot with the “weak” hand.  Please read all about it.

 

Photo by Ready Nutrition.

 

There might be a good reason to shoot with the off hand:

How about things that require you to perform to survive?  Firing a rifle or pistol, for one.  If you’re right-handed and (God forbid) you are wounded in the hand, or suffer from a broken finger, then what?  Then you must follow after Gunny Highway’s advice (Clint Eastwood’s Marine Gunnery Sergeant in the movie “Heartbreak Ridge”).”

-JJ

 

And he goes through all the techniques to run a good practice session – whether you’re a Righty or a Lefty.

There’s the:

 

Holding, gripping (not as easy as you’d think);

 

Aiming;

 

Handgun vs. Rifle shooting;

 

Practice, practice.

 

*Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

With a little slow training and dedication you can and will get comfortable shooting with both hands. Then, there’s no worry should an injury take out your strong hand – okay, the injury itself may be a real worry. But you can beat the odds. You can shoot your way out.

 

You can survive.

 

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