Springfield 1911 + Lefthanded = ?

Springfield 1911 + Lefthanded = ?

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    Springfield 1911 + Lefthanded = ?

    I was wondering,
    This may be a repost if it is I am sorry. Is there a way to make a Springfield 1911 Loaded Black Stainless 45ACP left handed? Is there a way to put a ambi safety and put the slide release relocated on the left hand side. I think the Taurus has it. I really don't believe a left handed person should have to adapt, adjust, or get used to a right handed way. I see it all the time in long guns and it drives me nuts. I see all these wonderful new rifles. I go on the internet to check things out and get more information and come to find out it's not made in left handed. Well if that's not bad enough it is designed and made by someone that is left handed. It makes no sense. Sorry about the rant. I WANT EQUAL RIGHTS....... ...LOL


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    If an ambidextrous slide release is what you're craving, check out Heckler & Koch's P2000.

    As for the slide release in general, for lefties, I find it fairly simple to operate it with my forefinger, so long as the slide release is (a) oversized and (b) positioned in such a way that the force I can exert is repeatable.

    1911's in general, can have an ambidextrous external safety added. ie, the Springfield EMP, or the Kimber CDP.

    The only other control is the magazine release. Frankly, as a lefty, I've always felt far more comfortable using the fingers to push in the 1911-style mag release on the left side of the frame, instead of trying to stretch my thumb where it doesn't want to go.

    Lefty, here. And yet, my ideal configuration is: oversized, standard slide-release; ambidextrous manual safety, if a safety exists; standard mag release button mounted on the left side of the frame, in the traditional position 1911's have. I use the fingers for the mag release, the forefinger for the slide release, and the thumb for any manual safety. Works very well, so long as I stay with that basic format.

    As for rifles, check the CZ 527, Ruger M77, or Savage 10/11/12 series. I'm with you, preferring the full lefty approach. Had a Stag 3L AR15 for a time, as well. Chuckin' brass to the left was a hoot ... and it surprised the heck out of the guys on that side of things.
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    I agree with you as far as the slide release go's. I am use to using my trigger finger to release the slide. The ami safety is the big thing. And you said that can be changed easily. Cool...I there different kinds of ambi safeties? I don't know a whole about after market parts for 1911's.

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    Same here. My SA Champ works just fine for this leftie. The trigger finger works the slide release and my thumb works the safety. I use my middle finger to press the mag release.
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    I'm a dedicated lefty and I carry nothing but 1911s.
    The slide is released by the "sinlgshot" method
    ambi safeties
    Trigger finger works the mag release

    no problems at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunndw View Post
    I'm a dedicated lefty and I carry nothing but 1911s.
    The slide is released by the "sinlgshot" method
    ambi safeties
    Trigger finger works the mag release

    no problems at all
    Yup, that's the way to do it. I carry one gun for left handed usage, and one for right handed usage.

    If you do things the way dunndw wrote you may find that a "right handed" gun shot left handed is a little faster to operate. Also, 90% of the world is right handed. To me it makes no sense to try and accomodate a left handed person. There are too few of them to make a significant economic impact. Therefore left handed people are forced to adapt to a right handed world, as it should be IMHO.

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    I shoot 1911's lefty and except for an ambi safety can operate every other control with no problem,as far as slide release get an oversize that you can get a good bite on with index finger or slingshot method,I use hand over top of slide to pull and release
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    I recently purchased a springfield 5" 1911 "loaded" and it comes with a ambi-safety standard....that takes care of that issue

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    Lefty 1911 user here as well.........

    Ambi-safety is the only thing needed. Slide lock is engaged with knuckle of trigger/index finger. Sling-shot method used to release slide.

    Trigger/index finger used on mag release.
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    I thought it was a slide stop not a slide release. I think the sling shot is the best metod to use and I am a righty.I never used the slide stop to release the slide, as practicing malfuction drills I don't want to waste time playing with that thing. However My wife is a lefty and that is why she loves the S&W M&P. set up for her no external saftey, ambi slide stop and she moved the mag release to the right side.You can set up a 1911 with a ambi saftey and mag release but nothing you can do about the slide stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan728 View Post
    I thought it was a slide stop not a slide release.
    You're right, of course. That bar stops the slide upon the last round having fed from the magazine. I was introduced to it as a slide "release," hence the terminology. And yet, I also correctly pull the slide to allow it to "slingshot" feed the first round of a new magazine. Go figure.
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    Spoken from a right handed person...IMHO. If every "left handed" person bought one left handed It would be the best selling gun on the market. Have you noticed how many left handed people are around here. I can bet you that your opinion would be very different if you were too.

    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    Yup, that's the way to do it. I carry one gun for left handed usage, and one for right handed usage.

    If you do things the way dunndw wrote you may find that a "right handed" gun shot left handed is a little faster to operate. Also, 90% of the world is right handed. To me it makes no sense to try and accomodate a left handed person. There are too few of them to make a significant economic impact. Therefore left handed people are forced to adapt to a right handed world, as it should be IMHO.

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    The exact model I was looking at didn't have it..I am sure I can have it installed or find one that has one...

    Quote Originally Posted by TJMill View Post
    I recently purchased a springfield 5" 1911 "loaded" and it comes with a ambi-safety standard....that takes care of that issue

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    Thank you for the information...I was wondering what the "slingshot" was..

    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    You're right, of course. That bar stops the slide upon the last round having fed from the magazine. I was introduced to it as a slide "release," hence the terminology. And yet, I also correctly pull the slide to allow it to "slingshot" feed the first round of a new magazine. Go figure.

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