One of the fundamental physiological things to get sorted when learning to shoot is to figure out whether one is right or left eye dominant. There’s a simple exercise that determines through which eye (assuming one has both functioning orbs) one sees “by default.” I’m left eye dominant. And I’m right handed. Which means that there’s a slight shift required when firing a handgun in order to line up the left eye with the front and rear sights.
Wield That Weld
However, when it comes to rifles, I have to use my right eye, because it’s
impossible to use my left eye with rifle sights while shooting right handed. Large frame pistols, like the CZ Scorpion EVO 3, present an interesting conundrum in that while they can be fired one or two handed in an extended grip using the (dominant) left eye, using a stabilizing brace for a cheek weld (read: NOT using it as a stock) requires the use of the non-dominant (right) eye. feckin' unwieldy
Headache My Eye
For now I’m going to evade the current “is it (going to be) an SBR or not [hint: it’s an SBR]” dumpster fire that’s going on with the proposed ATF regulations on stabilizing braces. I read through a bit of the proposed rules and did some of the “spreadsheet of doom” on the popular brace options out there, and… I have a headache.
Anyway, becoming proficient with a braced, cheek-welded, and UNSHOULDERED (and yes, there’s all the crossfire of ATF rulings on shouldering braces, but I’m swerving around that) Scorpion is a painful work in progress. Naturally I want to aim with my left eye which makes establishing a sight picture with my right a tad non-intuitive at best. At worst I have a blurred, confused image which helps no one.
I could learn to shoot left handed which isn’t out of the realm of possiblities on an ambidextrous-friendly Scorpion, but I’d really rather not.
An Eye for Sore Sights
I tried out a red dot optic without a riser in order to establish a co-witness with the iron sights on the Scorpion and wasn’t thrilled with the lack of accuracy when using either sights. I found that my prescription glasses do not let me focus properly on the front sight with a cheek weld on the brace, which gave me yet another reason to hate on progressive lenses and on biology being the greatest buzzkill for us carbon-based lifeforms.
Having initially tried the Scorpion without a brace and with both iron sights and raised red dot, I know I can be reasonably accurate with that configuration, using my left eye in what is a visibly awkward, unshouldered stance. As migraine-inducing as these experiments have been, I’m presently of a mind to step back for a bit, focus on some other forms of holepunching, and revisit this later, but not too much later.