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Does a left hand shooter have to learn how to shoot right hand to be a police officer?

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I am a student earning my degree in Criminal Justice to become an officer. I am a left hand shooter, and I was wondering if I had to learn how to shoot right hand to pass the exams in the academy?

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........................................................................................................NO...........................................................................You will be trained to shoot with your strong hand however, you will also learn to shoot with your weak hand. If you are asking if you are left handed will you shoot and qualify with your right hand and carry your handgun on the right side the answer is above. The agency will not change you from left handed to right handed. Your question is confusing.

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sorry, and thanks

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 Here is SC the answer is YES! You will learn to shoot with both hands, for many different reason I won't get into them, and you will qualify while using both hands. From the Academy to your department, they will require you to be able to shoot with both, one hand at a time. They will not make you wear your weapon on just one side. Its up to you on what hand is your strongest. 


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 I am not an LEO, but i do agree with uncledennis and Stryker on this. 


I am left handed, but I shoot right handed. I can actually shoot with both hands. The academy will train the cadets to use both hands.


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You will be trained to shoot with your strong hand however, you will also learn to shoot with your weak hand. If you are asking if you are left handed will you shoot and qualify with your right hand and carry your handgun on the right side the answer is above. The agency will not change you from left handed to right handed


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The answer is NO, as Uncle Dennis posted. No need to complicate the topic anymore.

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 Like everyone says; you will be taught to shoot with both but they do issue left handed holsters.

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 I would also add.. don't worry about it. It's not a big deal. No need to go out and practice shooting with your weak hand. You will be trained properly in the shooting with your weak hand. Let the Rangemasters do their jobs when the time comes.


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 Your left hand will be cuffed to your belt and you will be slapped around until you learn how to shoot with your right...

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 Your left hand will be cuffed to your belt and you will be slapped around until you learn how to shoot with your right...


I resemble that remark.  I went to catholic school.  When I was learning to write I was left handed.  The nuns beat it out of me.  I was forced to write right handed.  Now I can do everything with either hand. 


Like Uncle Dennis said to the OP.


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 While I was taking some personal protection training we had to learn to shoot with both hands.   But no handcuffs were used to accomplish this.  And I did better than the guys with my weak hand.  


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ScarfaceDFW,you were fortunate.In my academy our left had was cuffed to our right ankle and if we didn't learn to shoot in that position we had to do two laps in that position.

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Well, the question has been answered: you will be taught to shoot with each hand, one handed; but will not be required to change your strong hand to right handed. But let me further the explanation. Picture yourself in a firefight with the bad guy. You get wounded in your left arm/hand, and it is now hanging limp at your side. Do you give up the fight? NOPE!!! You continue with your "weak hand". With practice, you will be proficient with either hand.


With most Departments, you will be able to carry your service weapon on your strong side (in your case, left handed holster).


Good luck!  :)


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No offense intended to anyone, just a pet peeve:
I have no "weak" hand. I have a strong side and support side...

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YES and they will require you to write with your other hand too. Makes it uniform with everyone else who is right handed. LOL


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When I began my career in 1972, we had one officer who was left handed. The chief wanted everyone to be uniform and wear their gear the same so this officer converted to being a right handed shooter. I admired the fact he did not complain and was tickled pink to be an officer so he went with the flow. Many of use thought it was a bad decision however, we knew not to challenge the Gods.

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When I went through we could use any hand we desired.WE were urged  to try our weak hand ,but not required.

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Yes.I am also a left-handed shooter.We had to learn how to shoot with our "off-hand" because we trained in different scenarios.In some of those scenarios,we had to put our primary shooting hand in a sling because we were similating what would happen if we got shot in our primary shooting arm and were not able to use it anymore during the gunfight.It felt VERY awkward to shoot with my right hand,but with a lot of practice,it will eventually become less awkward.


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Like Dennis said- strong hand and wek hand, how i've learned in the military.


Incase your strong hand is out of comission, you need to know how to shoot with your weak hand as well.

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I LOVE this approach!!


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No offense intended to anyone, just a pet peeve: I have no "weak" hand. I have a strong side and support side...

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not really an issue but to be an effective police officer, you gotta learn how to also shoot at the left hand right esp. in circumstances, just maybe, you might need your weaker hand.


 


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 I am not an LEO, but i do agree with uncledennis and Stryker on this. 


I am left handed, but I shoot right handed. I can actually shoot with both hands. The academy will train the cadets to use both hands.


Oh, before i forget, please post an introduction of yourself in the introductions forum.


Thank you


I am left handed as well, and you probably understand this but if I eat or write I am definatly left handed. Anything the size of an 18 inch handled hammer (I'm a Carpenter/framer) I can use both hands. Anything bigger and everything starts to switch towards my right side (golf, baseball). You say you can shoot with both hands and I think I can too. Ive never really shot anything long enough to tell but I was wondering if you can relate to what I'm saying?


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FireDad says ...



 I am not an LEO, but i do agree with uncledennis and Stryker on this. 


I am left handed, but I shoot right handed. I can actually shoot with both hands. The academy will train the cadets to use both hands.


Oh, before i forget, please post an introduction of yourself in the introductions forum.


Thank you


I am left handed as well, and you probably understand this but if I eat or write I am definatly left handed. Anything the size of an 18 inch handled hammer (I'm a Carpenter/framer) I can use both hands. Anything bigger and everything starts to switch towards my right side (golf, baseball). You say you can shoot with both hands and I think I can too. Ive never really shot anything long enough to tell but I was wondering if you can relate to what I'm saying?





 



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When I began my career in 1972, we had one officer who was left handed. The chief wanted everyone to be uniform and wear their gear the same so this officer converted to being a right handed shooter. I admired the fact he did not complain and was tickled pink to be an officer so he went with the flow. Many of use thought it was a bad decision however, we knew not to challenge the Gods.


If it wasnt so idiotic I'd laugh.


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 scottray10... and who might you be????


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I am left handed, and I have learned that there are a lot of bennifits to being a left handed police officer.  One of the biggest advantages, is you don't have to hand out of the door when shooting from a police car and expose yourself.  Being left handed drive the range officer crazy, when you are doing the transition from long guns to pistol exercises, or learning take down holds.  Everything is backwards, but still possible. I shoot real well from weak and strong hand. Just need a little practice that's all.


Another advantage is approaching drivers at night, you can draw your gun and the driver cannot see it by your left side. You will find a lot of advantages to being left handed as a police officer.  Plus we are the only ones in our right minds, lol. Had to throw that in there.


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Always train to shoot with both strong and weak because if injured you need to defend yourself. Train to react if you are ever hit with a dabilitating irritant and your senses are knocked off kilter. Be prepared as you never know what can happen in LE work...