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    Are you right-handed or left-handed in shooting an handgun (or ambidextrous)?

    Right-handed means you grab the gun's butt and actuate the trigger by your right hand, eventually supporting and stabilizing right hand and gun with your left hand.

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    Uhhh...not sure I understand. I am right-handed, so I hold the gun in my right hand and use my right index finger to press the trigger. My left hand supports and stabilizes the pistol, and assists in managing recoil.

    If I were left-handed, I'd do it exactly the opposite.

    Is this a trick question?
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    I am primarily left-handed. That is, I shoot shoulder arms from the left shoulder, and my left eye is my master eye. I write with the pen or pencil in my left hand. (Use both on the keyboard) I throw and bat (Used to, that is.) right handed. Also shoot the handgun right handed.

    At one time I shot the revolver right-handed and sighted with my left eye. But, since having cataract surgery a couple of years back, I now use my right eye.

    Some years back, a friend took a photo as I was sighting in on a groundhog, some 100 yards out. "Jeez, Bob, you're sighting with the wrong eye!" he exclaimed. After I dropped the groundhog, he added, "Buddy, that was one h*** of a shot!"

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    And, yes, when I was a little kid, I used both fingers to pull the trigger.
    Last edited by Bob Wright; 02-05-2008 at 11:14 AM. Reason: Very humourous afterthought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Uhhh...not sure I understand. I am right-handed, so I hold the gun in my right hand and use my right index finger to press the trigger. My left hand supports and stabilizes the pistol, and assists in managing recoil.

    If I were left-handed, I'd do it exactly the opposite.

    Is this a trick question?
    Nope, buI knew it might have caused some misunderstanding since both hands are actually involved in shooting.

    And I did'n want to call it right-handed or left-handed since that may not always correspond with other common activities like writing, eating, et-cetera.

    That has been explained in some detail by Bob. Also, I'm right handed but I started to shoot with either hand and I'm all right with it, although in all other activities I'm right handed.

    In other words, by 'strong' hand I mean the hand which grabs the gun's butt or grips and actuates the trigger. The 'weak' hand just supports and stabilizes the 'strong' hand together with the gun.

    OK, I'll re-formulate the question more clearly

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    Your question was clear to me as written mccoy.

    I am right handed and eyed but can shoot with either hand.


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    two handed

    mccoy: Sir; I didn't read your question until after I voted
    Thought I knew the question before hand.

    Four left shoulders later;
    only right hand; strong.
    Left; nothing good is going to happen

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    Thanks for the edit. The comments about the trigger finger threw me off.

    I train for weak hand (left hand for me) shooting, but I am very far from ambidextrous. Left handed shooting is work for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mccoy View Post
    Are you right-handed or left-handed in shooting an handgun (or ambidextrous)?

    Right-handed means you grab the gun's butt and actuate the trigger by your right hand, eventually supporting and stabilizing right hand and gun with your left hand.
    Does it have to be the gun's butt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akr View Post
    Does it have to be the gun's butt?
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    in this board, rigorously so !!!!!!


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    What can I say----right is right!

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    I wonder,
    since the number of answers to the poll starts being representative enough, what about the circa 20% of guys who shoot left-handedly a revolver?

    Do revolvers come in left-handed version, so that the cylinder is ejected on the right hand side of the frame? Or do you have to juggle some to eject the spent rounds and reload?

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    Actually, a lefty with the correct technique can reload a revolver faster than a righty.
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    i shoot right handed but, i use a spoon or fork w/my left hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Actually, a lefty with the correct technique can reload a revolver faster than a righty.
    Mike, I'm not using moonclips nor speedloaders now, when I'll get started with them I'll be back to you for advise...

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    Well, I can shoot with either hand, also.

    But, if I want to hit what I'm aiming at, I shoot right handed!


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    Quote Originally Posted by stormbringerr View Post
    i shoot right handed but, i use a spoon or fork w/my left hand.
    Ha! Good combination-you don't have to put down one to use the other!

    Bob Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Wright View Post
    Ha! Good combination-you don't have to put down one to use the other!

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    I am mostly left handed in day to day things but when it comes to fire arms was taught to be ambidextrous as a child.

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    I'm right handed but I practice a little with the left when shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mccoy View Post
    Are you right-handed or left-handed in shooting an handgun (or ambidextrous)?

    Right-handed means you grab the gun's butt and actuate the trigger by your right hand, eventually supporting and stabilizing right hand and gun with your left hand.
    I am a natural southpaw but my dad forced me to learn to do things with both hands So I can shoot a rifle or handgun righthanded if the need arises.

    Thanks DAD!

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