Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty

The She-Shepherd’s youngest son is 8. Earlier this year we were talking about being ambidextrous for some reason.

“Do you know what ‘ambidextrous’ means?” I asked.

“Yes,” he replied. “It means you can use your right or your left hand.”

“Why do you think that’s important?”

He looked at me and said, “so we have no weaknesses.”

Part of the training we do in advanced handgun is shooting with our “off” hand. I’m normally right handed, so this means shooting with my left. We also shoot one handed in that class and a few others, so that means shooting with our off hand supported by our primary hand and sometimes shooting with just our off hand.

As you can imagine, this feels a little weird.

I try to take every basic handgun and rifle class I can, and last weekend I shot the entire class with my off hand. I did this last year, and even though I still have a long way to go it was interesting to see that my improvements in my primary hand shooting are bleeding over into my off hand.

Shooting with my off hand was like time traveling to when I was learning to shoot in a fight-focused manner. Some of the time my last shot in a four round burst was to the bottom right of where I was aiming — a mirror of a problem I had when first learning to shoot quickly. I was squeezing my hand during shooting instead of just moving my trigger finger. However, instead of pulling low and left with my primary hand it was low and right with my off hand.

Depressing the magazine release is amusing when using your left hand. I don’t want to have a dedicated “left hand” gun, so I have not moved the magazine release on my Gen 4 Glock 19s. Locking the slide back with my index finger also feels weird, but both of these things will be improved over time.

Reloading was pretty easy, and I was surprised that finding my trigger’s reset was also easy.

Shooting the basic handgun class wasn’t terrible, but I definitely still have work to do.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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