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Originally posted by Honkytonk Honkytonk wrote:

I was rewatching Peter Jackson's movie "They shall not grow old" and they talked about the Mad Minute. One scene had about a half dozen soldiers prone shooting... one was a southpaw!

That scene stood out to me as well! I would have thought for sure they wouldn't have allowed left-handedness at that point.
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Alot of snipers of yore were in fact left handed. Retrained to fire right handed and as such became ambidextrous shooters. It paid off in spades for some.
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Right hand was preferred & encouraged, but we had southpaw shouters in matches in the 1960's.
To a "Rightie" it looked incredibly uncomfortable & clumsy, but for them it worked.
I have a friend thats forced to be cross dominant because of an eye injury to this right eye. He taught himself to shout Southpaw! You should see him a barricade stations! Switch hitter is a valuable skill to gain.
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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My dad taught me to shoot ambidextrously. It is a definitive plus when needed. 
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Absolutely!
The skills of "Rifelry" are being lost.
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hey guys it is not an easy skill to shooot left and right handed. I need to get some more practice on it but when I regularly shot pistol with a buddy of mine who is a federal prison officer I taught him how to shoot both hands with pistol rifle and shotgun . He ended up topping his class in shooting left and right handed .as a young country boy we would shoot from motor cycles so hand to learn left handed .
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I wished I had learned to shoot left handed.  I’m left eye dominant and I have to slide my left eye to shoot.  My right eye is also much more far sighted. 

One of my Dads shooting friends could shoot ambidextrous, when his right eye got tired in a match, he would just switch sides.  

Rapid fire stages must be difficult left handed!
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Really great thread.
Thanks to Shamu etal.
"a rumor is half way around the world before the truth gets it's boots on." (Mark Twain)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Shamu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2020 at 7:29am
BOTR (Bloke on the Range) gives an interestingly detailed (& Fugly) bit on the rapid fire for the Lee-Enfield.

Almost 20 minutes & IMO worth every one of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9raI__rimLc&feature=youtu.be


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