This is a discussion on lefty needs help within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; ok i need some help. im a left handed shooter and just recently got into and started shooting pistols. i am looking for some suggestions ...
ok i need some help. im a left handed shooter and just recently got into and started shooting pistols. i am looking for some suggestions for a ccw in .40 or .45, and around $400-$500. i thought i had it figured out with the xd but im not to sure now. so give me your opinions. i hope im not bothering any of you with my question because it seems i am when i ask the local shops the same question.
LH shooter here. I found the XD slide release too far back to operate easily. I use a HK USP w/ LH safety. Or a 1911 (ambi safety). I found using my trigger finger to drop the slide and middle finger to drop mags works just fine. Maybe easier than thumb operation being RH'ed.
Most any semi should work if you use this technique, though I have found the sig decocker to get in the way. Glocks, ect all seem to work fine for me operation wise. Find what fits you hand, feels good and go for it.
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but sometimes I will take my Glock-36 instead...I think the G-36 might work for you...as you have a safety on each hand (finger)...and, the price is about right...'45... easy to clean... thinner grip... easy to conceal... works for either hand (no ambi stuff needed)...
Also, if your gun shop treats you like it's a pain to answer your questions...find a friendlier shop...
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Think Beretta, Taurus (what I carry) or CZ....
the XD glock Hk usp and 1911 are about as lefty friendly as you can get im a lefty and tried for a long time to find what was best for me
also the hk2000 i think it is has a ambi slide release I have carried all the above except the Hk 2000 and keep going back to a 1911 with the ambi safety and the mag release so i can easily release the mag with middle finger and i can very easy hit the slide release with trigger finger
for me it fits my hands the best
I could never get the little tiny slide release's on the glock and xd to work for me or the mag release to work easily on the glock
on the Hk it was the mag release and slide release again i didnt like as well
best thing to do is try renting the guns you think you might like
Take a look at the FNH's FNP series, available in 9mm, .40S&W and .45ACP. FNH has since released a compact model, as well.
My young bride, also a lefty, has an FNP-9, the full-size model in 9mm. She likes it a lot and shoots it very well.
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But in the $400 to $500 price range it is hard to beat the reliable and tough Glock 23, a 24 ounce gun that conceals easily but offers lots of firepower and minimal controls that most left handers can easily reach. These usually sell new in the $500 range.
I'm a lefty also. I have an XD45 Tactical and 2 1911's both with the ambi safety. I carry the XD most of the time now while waiting on a new holster for the 1911's to arrive. I have no problem carrying it concealed under my shirt. I use a Desantis belt slide for the XD.
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I think the new S&P comes with a slide lock on both sides.
I carry a 228 or a G19. I don' t use the slide lock there is alot of manufactures out there that call it differen't names but I believe it to be a stop or a lock. I like to focus on big muscle groups rather than small motor skills. 1. You may not have the use of small motor skills if your in a fight. Using that as a release only seems to form bad habits, like rubbing 2 pieces of metal together, if anything bad happens your muscle memory might tell you to go right for that stop and thats not where you need to be going. The magazine release on the Glocks seems to be built more for a lefty than a right. With a good handshake style grip on the gun righties unless you have thumbs that are huge won't be able to touch the mag release unless you shift yoru grip. For us South Paws with the same grip it seem to be easy to shift your finger and hit it.
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Also look at the new S&W M&P-slide stop/release on both sides if you want to use it, and the magazine release is switchable if you want to do that.
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i would take a look at the glock 36. should work well for you.
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thanks for all your help guys going shopping today