Should I go left, or right? We're not talking politics here, we're talking about something much more interesting.
I'm nominally left-handed. I write with my left hand, hold a wrench in my left hand, If I'm throwing a punch, it will normally come from my left hand. However, when I was a mere youth, my Dad conducted an eye-dominance test and we discovered I was right-eye dominant. So, he taught me to shoot long guns from my right side. For me, putting a shotgun or rifle on my right shoulder is the most natural thing in the world. That proclivity moved over to handguns, and as a police officer I've always carried my handgun on my right hip. It works well for me. I shoot a handgun just fine from my right hand. And, because my dominant eye is on the right side, I pick up the front sight very well.
Milady wonders why I don't shoot left-handed, and I've tried to explain to her the dominant eye theory, and forty years of right-handed shooting, but her argument is simple. I don't use my sights in this fast-draw game. It's point-and-shoot, pure reactive shooting, and sights are superfluous. Indeed, if I took a grinder to my revolver and shaved off the front sight I'd still be within the rules of the game. I'm naturally left-handed, she argues, so it stands to reason that I'd be just a bit faster on my southpaw side.
The other day, I strapped on a left-side holster. I bought one a couple of months ago to accommodate a left-hand son and grandson who shoot from the south-side. It didn't feel odd, just different, and if anything, I was a bit more accurate. We've got a major shoot coming up in three weeks, and while I have no pretensions of winning it, I'd like to do the best that I can. Speed is fine, as Wyatt Earp famously said, but accuracy is final.
I'm faced with a quandary, and I need to settle down and pick a side so that I can focus on the peculiarities of my draw, get consistent, and fine tune my stance and speed.