Lefty looking

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    Lefty looking

    First let me say, new here, and love it, what a great forum,

    My problem is being left handed, i am looking for a gun that is ambidextrous, I know that the S&W mp compact 40 is, and have actually have seen and held this one, I havent really seen any others that are. what are some more options.


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    CZ 85. Just like the 75's, but will accommodate you south paws. Not sure of others.
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    Plenty of guns are effectively if not literally ambidextrous. Glocks, Springfields and many others that don't have a manual safety can be used with either hand. I'm a lefty also, so do look for usability.

    You can get a lefty revolver, but I've found it's not worth it, and hits the resale price.

    1911-style guns just need a left-handed or ambidextrous safety. You can't get around the guns throwing the brass across your field of view, but that's a conspiracy by the gun designers to get back at lefties because we are smarter and better looking. :)

    Holsters can be more of a challenge, but not a big one, since most holster makers make left-handed versions of the best models. Sometimes you just have to look harder or go to a second choice.
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    Fivenseven by FN, its ambi. It also if I remember right ejects straight up.
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    My Kimber CDP's are ambi's......my Glocks do not create problems for either hand, either.
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    Springfield XD line up is ambi. Except for the slide release, but you might be able to use your index finger.. not sure... My buddy is a lefty and he's got an XD40.. it use to be mine but I've got an XD9 which works exactly the same. Good luck!
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    I believe that the Ruger P series are ambi in regards to the mag release and safety.
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    I agree with other comments whereby there are many offerings' that will accommodate "southpaws". In my view, H&K does appear to do it better than some others. In any event, you should visit the local gun shop and hold and shoot (if available) as many as possible.
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    1911 with factory ambis...perfection in our southpaw challenged world.
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    SIG pistols with DAK triggers work better for lefties than righties, as shipped. The left index finger works the safety button, an advantage, IMHO, and the slide lock lever is out of the way, regardless of where you want your left thumb to be when shooting. Righties just have to suffer with being handicapped, and that is not just a joke; it is reality. A DAK weapon requires no manual decocking, of course, being a form of "double-action only," also known as DAO.

    I am using DAK SIGs as an example, because I use them myself, and have had good experience with the reliability of several SIGs, both DA/SA and DAK. Other pistols work in similar fashion.

    Just to be clear, I am neither a full righty nor a full lefty. I am left-handed, but do carry my "primary" handgun on my right hip, for several reasons, the most relevant of which is that I tend to want to lead with my left side when fighting, and this keeps my holstered pistol safer from snatch attempts. (I wear a badge; I have to get close.) With my stronger and more skilled left hand in the support role, I can also do important things other than shooting while fighting for my life. (Pulling a trigger is easy stuff.) I will shoot left-handed by preference at longer range, or when certain situations favor, such as when looking around the left side of cover or concealment. I practice about an equal amount with both hands. I tell this personal stuff to illustrate why I like the guns I do, as I train with them as both a righty and lefty, usually carry two, one for each hand to access, and so may have less bias or favoritism, and more bilateral experience, than many who might respond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjkjr View Post
    First let me say, new here, and love it, what a great forum,
    Oops; almost forgot! Welcome to the forum!

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    I use HK and a Springfield Champ. However most guns work well for LH folks. I just use my trigger finger to operate the slide release and my middle finger to drop the mag.
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    I am lefty and both of my XDs work great. Once they have been put through the paces the slide release works great with the index finger.
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