Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Switching Weapons to the Left Hand
By senshi
This guide tells and explains how to switch your weapons to the left hand and what benifits you gain from using your weapons on the left hand side.
Welcome to the 3rd Guide to my series of How to play Counter-Strike!

What is this guide about?:

This guide is about how to switch your weapons to the left handed side and what benifits you will gain from using this command and having all your weapons on the right side.

Who am I? [Edited]

Hey everyone.. my name is Senshi
I am a previous competitive counter-strike player who has played since 06 in Counter-Strike:Source, and moved into CSGO on beta. I wrote this guide back in highschool but it has been well recieved so I decided to update the intro. I was a previous SMFC but no longer really care for rank or competitive MM, faceit is another story but I don't play much.. I have more fun streaming and editing youtube videos. my twitch is thanks for all the support!

[Continuing from old edit]

I'm writing a series of guides to teach new and even old players to play Counter-Strike better than they where playing it before, with commands and tips/tricks and soon to come my series of STRAT Guides for CS:GO.

Lets Begin.
Enabling the Console
If you haven't read my last guide or haven't enabled your console then please do the steps below.

1. To do this press "Options>Keyboard>Scroll to the bottom, find console and enable it to '`' or '~'

2. Now Press the '~' or '`' button (If you used your own press that one.)
Switching the Weapon to the Left Hand
Now that we have the console opened, type the following in;


cl_righthand 0

Some Infomation on using it on your left hand

Please note that at first it will look weird and funny.
Everyone does this, but continue to use it and slowly you will adjust.

Don't just switch it back to 'cl_righthand 1' because the first 2-3 games it's still weird for you.
Stick with it and try be consistent with your weapons. Gradually you will pick up on it.

Side Note:

* You can also set cl_righthand to -1 to have all weapons on the left, but knife on the right.
(Previously Worked in 1.6 and Source, May not work in CS:GO)


If cl_righthand -1 doesn't work, you can still use :

bind "1" "slot1;cl_righthand 0"
bind "2" "slot2;cl_righthand 0"
bind "3" "slot3;cl_righthand 1"
bind "4" "slot4;cl_righthand 1"

all weapons on the left, but knife and nades on the right.

Thank you Kedrel for giving us this information.
Infomation and Preferences

Most just say its personal preference which for the most part it is, but is there any other benefit to it? Yes.
This really only applies to people who switch from left to right all the time and cant decide on which one to use, this guide will help you make that decision but at the end of the day personal preference is king and if you have played comfortably for years with one side, just stick to it.
I got this info from old, old CS players; it’s to do with which eye is your dominant eye. The basics is this, dependent on which eye is your dominant eye, left or right depends on which side your gun model will be of benefit to you.
If you are left eye dominant, you want your gun model on the right.
If you are right eye dominant, you want your gun model on the left.
This is because you want your dominant eye to have the most vision on the screen and to be concentrating on the crosshair and not the gun model.
So how do you find out which eye is dominant?
Refer to the following links to figure out which eye is dominant for you.

In-Game Benifits

As I've listed above, Most people being right eyed dominate. Using the weapons on the left hand side you are able to focus more on the crosshair and not have to worry about the weapons getting in the way, if you use the crosshair that is listed in my crosshairguide both the left hand + that crosshair I have found become a weapon of destruction.

Focusing on the crosshair and the size/scale of te crosshair are important when wanting to get consistent headshots and or large amounts of damage done in a small burst.

Thank You
Thank You all for reading

Check out my other guides!

- Senshi

(Edit: Thank you so much for all the support and views!, I wrote this back in highschool for fun and glad I helped so many of you.)
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Mehrshad May 15, 2021 @ 11:10pm 
+ rep
GT Mar 11, 2021 @ 5:25am 
how do i get back to normal (righthand)
senshi  [author] Feb 17, 2021 @ 12:46am 
@GT -
bind "1" "slot1;cl_righthand 1"
bind "2" "slot2;cl_righthand 1"
bind "3" "slot3;cl_righthand 0"
bind "4" "slot4;cl_righthand 1"
GT Feb 15, 2021 @ 4:12am 
how do i get my knife over in the left side and my guns and nades in the righthand
DauDinOREZ -M6- Jan 20, 2021 @ 10:14am 
senshi  [author] Oct 22, 2020 @ 2:33am 
I stick the gun in the wall, and use my peripheral vision
LuxeBenen Oct 21, 2020 @ 1:54am 
Hei, just wondering. Some angles behind walls make the gun in your right hand stick out so enemies can see from the location of your gun where you are standing. Do enemies see your gun in the left or right hand as well? Can I gain another advantage on some spots?
lowcrab May 18, 2020 @ 1:39am 
how do i bind it to caps lock
Blueface Nov 28, 2019 @ 4:33pm 
How do I bind it to a key?
VALERIE PECRESSE Aug 8, 2019 @ 7:08am 
BindToggle "bind" cl_righthand