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”).”
And he goes through all the techniques to run a good practice session – whether you’re a Righty or a Lefty.
Holding, gripping (not as easy as you’d think);
Handgun vs. Rifle shooting;
*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.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.