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Discussion in 'Photography' started by Dallas, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. It's interesting how much one can adapt. I shoot rifles right-eyed
    because I don't shoot rifles seriously enough to invest in one of the
    relatively few left-handed models -- plus I'm right-handed, so a
    left-handed rifle would get the correct eye in place, but then I'd be
    using the wrong finger.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 11, 2012
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  2. Yes. Though I don't think anybody would describe them as "wonderful" in
    the sun.

    However, fewer than 5 percent of my photos get shot in the sun, so
    that's a minor side issue for me. For people who work mostly outdoors
    and in the sun, I understand how that would be a major issue. (If I did
    more outdoors, I'd get a folding shade to go over the LCD to keep the
    sun off it.)
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 11, 2012
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  3. Dallas

    tony cooper Guest

    I suppose, when you mention a left-handed rifle, that you are talking
    about a bolt action rifle. I'm left-handed, and when I was in the
    Army I had to qualify with an M-1...the old M-1 with bolt action.

    We were required to load each round individually. The range officer
    made us all hold the rifle as a right-hander would, so I had to bring
    my left hand over to throw the bolt and insert the round. I
    qualified, Marksman, but the range officer about had a shit-fit with
    my awkward style.

    I don't recall any problem with the finger or my eye, though.
    tony cooper, Feb 12, 2012
  4. Dallas

    Savageduck Guest

    Back in the days I engaged in rifle target shooting I knew of several
    left-eye dominant right handers who used left offset micrometer peep
    sights. Those were on Olympic grade Anschutz .22 rifles. Both the
    micrometer and the fore-sight tunnel were offset to the left, and some
    were offset as much as 2 inches. Back in the 60's they cost $30-$50
    more than the standard sight. I still have my Anschutz three positional
    "Free Rifle" with the older orthodox "right eye" version of the rear
    sight shown on this new model.
    < >
    ....and my Anschutz rear micrometer sight:
    < >
    Savageduck, Feb 12, 2012
  5. Dallas

    Savageduck Guest

    I have a feeling you are referring to the Springfield M1903, and
    probably the M1903A3 which was a bolt action produced into the mid
    1940's. This was officially used up to 1957, but found some specialized
    US military use well into the 1960's in Vietnam.
    < other bolt action rifle used by the US military through to the
    early 1950's was the M1917 Enfield which was produced in lesser numbers
    than the M1903 and it variants and left GI issue earlier than the M1903.
    The M1 Garand was an auto loader which was easier for lefties, but
    still had the bolt, or in this case extractor handle on the right. The
    big issue with the M1 Garand for lefties was the ejection of hot brass
    to the right and the ejection of the empty "en bloc" 8 round clip to
    the right.
    D.I. range masters can be true assholes!
    Savageduck, Feb 12, 2012
  6. With a semi-auto, it's nearly certain to eject right into your face if
    you shoot it left-handed, so in some ways that's even worse than a bolt.
    (The Keltec BFR does manage to eject forwards I believe, so it's
    actually pretty ambidextrous; but that's rare.)

    (I'm not aware of anything we called an "M-1" that was bolt action; I
    know of the Garand rifle, and the M-1 carbine. But my knowledge of this
    stuff is *nowhere near* encyclopedic, so the possibility of something I
    don't know about is...nearly certain.)
    Not at all sure the finger would actually be a problem. I mouse
    left-handed, and that works out fine (when I first got a mouse, it was
    an unimportant toy, so it didn't deserve any of the vital space to the
    right of the keyboard; then I did all my practicing left-handed, and so
    my left hand is rather more dextrous than it used to be).
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 12, 2012
  7. Yes, Oleg was suggesting some such setup just this last weekend (I was
    down in Nashville for 4 days). I'm kind of interested in getting a
    semi-decent rifle, but I think the primary sight will be something like
    an EOTech holographic. Offset iron sights for backup might well happen,
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 12, 2012
  8. Dallas

    Savageduck Guest

    I just checked with Midway USA and they don't seem to have the same
    type of offset mounts which I remember from the past. They have other
    offset mounts and Picatinny rails which are not intended for your
    purpose. However, I think a decent gunsmith is going to be able to set
    you up just fine.
    Note the "high overbore" mounts do not off set to the left, they just
    raise the scope so iron sights can be used.
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    Brownell and some others seem to have some options which might be
    workable for you.
    < >

    ....and "Cheaper Than Dirt" also has a Weaver style 45% offset to which
    you can attach a standard sight mount enough to give you a decent left
    eye alignment.
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    < >

    Then there is always this great set up.
    < >

    Good luck and have fun.
    Savageduck, Feb 12, 2012
  9. Dallas

    tony cooper Guest

    If anyone's going to be wrong in a thread about weaponry, it'll be me.
    I thought they were called M-1s, but they could have given me a
    painted broomstick and called it an M-1 if it went "bang" and I would
    have believed them.

    This was at Ft Leonard Wood in 1962, so whatever they issued is what I
    shot. I gave it back to them at the first opportunity.

    Like most people of my generation, I owned a .22 as a kid and went
    plinking. I was never fascinated by guns like some people are, though,
    and have never really been hunting. I went on coon hunts as youngster
    in Indiana, but guns aren't involved in coon hunting.

    I'm not anti-gun, but I think that people who want to open-carry and
    owners of pit bulls should be sent to an island somewhere where they
    can only cause harm to themselves. I think the NRA is an insidious
    and evil organization.
    I trackball with my right hand, mouse with my left hand, and use my
    graphic tablet pen with my left. All three are always connected.
    tony cooper, Feb 12, 2012
  10. Dallas

    tony cooper Guest

    The grandchildren are staying over this weekend, and watched three
    episodes of "Top Shot". Amazing marksmanship.
    tony cooper, Feb 12, 2012
  11. Dallas

    NM5K Guest

    Not having a viewfinder has never bothered me. Even in bright sun,
    I can see the frame well enough to tell if I'm lined up.
    For me, on my P&S, a more serious problem is bright sun hitting the
    I'd like to rig up some kind of lens hood. I took some pictures
    a while back where bright sun hitting the lens was a problem.
    NM5K, Feb 12, 2012
  12. Okay, than as others have said more likely a Springfield if it was a
    bolt action.
    A good time for that choice.
    Well, the "pit bulls" I've met have been fine dogs, friendly and
    well-behaved. I'd rather ban sociopathic idiots from owning dogs than
    ban particular breeds, because any dog can become pretty nasty with the
    wrong owner. Admittedly a large dog that's nasty will do more damage
    than a small one, but there are lots and lots of breeds in the size
    range of "pit bulls". But I'm inclined to blame the people rather than
    the dogs.

    You might guess I don't fully agree with you on the NRA, but we don't
    need to discuss that here I wouldn't think.
    It's neat to be able to have multiple pointers connected. I used to
    have both left and right-handed mice connected at work (the right-hander
    was largely for visitors, and it disappeared in the last move, so I
    don'tg have it any more). I have two mice and a tablet at home, but the
    tablet is buried, so while it's connected I don't usually count it since
    I can't *use* it. I've never learned to be happy with a tablet, though
    I see how it would work very well for somebody who already knew how to
    draw with pens or pencils.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 13, 2012
  13. That generally works for me as well. I've learned various tricks for
    off-axis viewing, and like you I use the LCD viewfinder to line up, not
    so much to judge the shot (I do that by direct vision).
    That can certainly be a problem; glare and flare taking over!
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 13, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I don't do free-hand drawing with my Wacom tablet. My primary use for
    it is in Photoshop when I'm working with a Layer Mask to make a
    selection. I can get very precise using the pen.

    I don't have CS5 with its Content Aware feature, so I make precise
    selections using a Layer Mask or Quick Mask. I'm surprisingly accurate
    with my thumb and a trackball, but go to tablet for the really close

    I don't understand why the computer manufacturers offer units with so
    few USB ports. I use all available, and one is a D-Link hub that adds
    six ports.
    tony cooper, Feb 13, 2012
  15. Dallas

    tony cooper Guest

    When I was an undergraduate at Indiana University, I took ROTC one
    year. It was a choice between Army ROTC or Air Force ROTC.

    The Army ROTC program required learning how to disassemble and
    assemble a rifle (M-1, I think) blindfolded. The Air Force program
    didn't require that, and offered a neat blue raincoat as part of the

    I figured the raincoat offered a more practical benefit in
    Bloomington, and took Air Force ROTC. Just one year, though.
    tony cooper, Feb 13, 2012
  16. I can get a heck of a lot more precise using my mouse, though. In
    particular, I can see exactly what I'm doing before I commit, and the
    feeling of repeating something committed is identical to the feeling of
    doing it in play (a button down doesn't change the mouse feel, whereas
    whether the stylus is pressing the tablet DOES change the feel).
    I don't find Content Aware a substitute for masking at all. I find it's
    very useful, though (which is good since that's basically why I bought
    Well, it's more convenient to have the ports up on the desk. My
    monitors at work have built-in USB hubs, so by wiring them back to the
    computer, I get ports up on my desk. At home, I have a couple of hubs I
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 13, 2012
  17. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    Nice to know... I wonder if any of them can fit into their old
    bell-bottom pants?

    :- )
    Dallas, Feb 13, 2012
  18. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    Ha.. I remember when my mother got me a crew cut and a jar of "Butch
    Dallas, Feb 13, 2012
  19. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    Hey NM5K.. didn't know you posted here...

    I don't know if the new LCDs are better, but I do shoot in bright sun.
    It would seem Canon makes one little P&S with a viewfinder so I don't
    have to worry about it.

    So inexpensive I might just buy it without thinking about it.
    Dallas, Feb 13, 2012
  20. Didn't have any of those until the 80s (and not many; but they were hard
    to avoid). And I'm about 8 inches bigger than then, so that'd be a
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 13, 2012
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