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I swear-it sucks being lefty

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    I felt your pain for a while I am very lefthanded, but my dad being righthanded taught me to shoot righthanded and for a long time i was an ok shot, but had a friend teach me about the whole eye dominant thing, then started to shoot lefthanded imagine that my grouping improved. and had an ambi safety put on my 1911, and tried different ways to do all the tasks on my 229, figured out what worked best and then practiced till it was second nature. As far as the holster issue I buy custom holsters have a blade-tech nano for my 1911 and am checking out high noon and a couple more manufactures.


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    Quote Originally Posted by southpaw66 View Post
    We always have to deal with everything righty, and adapt.
    Well, yes and no.

    I've done well with a few choices. I don't particularly care which side of the slide the bullet comes out of, so that's one item off the list. All that really matters, to me, is whether I can easily reach and operate the controls.

    Take the CZ P-01, for example. It's a relatively large frame, but it's got large controls in all the right places. Right for a righty, sure, but very easily manipulated by a lefty. Instead of your right hand thumb flipping the slide release, you simply use your left index finger. Instead of praying your right thumb is long enough to reach the magazine release on the left side of the frame, I simply use my left hand middle finger to eject the magazine.

    Look at the HK P2000SK, as another good choice for lefties. Heckler-Koch has thought out how to create a true ambidextrous slide release and magazine release. Of course, I can't quite reach the mag release button, sad to say, but otherwise, it's a perfect lefty pistol.

    One consolation: magazines are ambi, by design. Not that they were thinkin' of us when they did it, I'm sure ... but, there it is.

    As for holsters, look on the bright side. It might well take a custom holster maker to do one up the way you want. But, given the long, long wait times from makers, you'll sell it in a New York minute if you ever put it up for sale ... at whatever price you ask for. Got to love the free market!

    Obviously, I'm lefty. I suppose I have adapted, sure. But only insofar as I use the left fingers to manipulate the slide release and mag release. So long as those controls are large and easily manipulated, I've got no real problems with any pistol's operation.

    Now, scissors are a completely different item. I'm sure I had a folded-paper complex when I was five years old, for all the good that righty scissors did me. Thankfully, first grade saw a new teacher (Mrs. Norton) who saw the light ... and provided (wonder of wonders!) lefty scissors. I was saved! Of course, I couldn't cut a circle or straight line to save my life, but that's another problem. Therapy. Years of therapy.
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    Brother I feel your pain!
    I have been shopping for left handed shoulder holsters for my Sigs. None of the stores will stock them as there is so little demand, and if I special order it is no return. So basically you have to buy it without knowing how it rides. I finally took a chance on one on ebay. It was only the third leather one I have seen in two years.
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    Lefties rule! Just ask us. We are like an exclusive club. See a lefty and say Hey I'm a lefty too and instant rapport!

    Had a 1911 w/ ambi safety and it was no problem at all. Revolvers same thing. Nowadays we've got all kinds of left friendly guns from Glock, Springfield Armory, S&W Beretta and so on.

    And as far as buying holsters goes, online shopping beats the crap out of your local gunshop. Almost all the holster makers online make models for lefties of all their holsters. So check out the right handed model you see at the local shop and then order it online.

    This is a great time to be a leftie!

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    Attentions lefties... (note left hand wave...)

    You can get any holster you want from Fist in a lefty as quickly as can a strong side right...
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    Post They Are Rare But They Still Do Pop Up

    Randall Firearms DID make a true LEFT HANDED 1911.
    You can still find one but, they are decently collectible these days so expect to pay out some $$$.
    They still do pop up on Gunbroker.com but, are few and far between.

    Now REMEMBER that you need Leftie spare magazines for it also.

    But you COULD have a precision machinist mill magazine slots on the opposite side of righty mags.

    Here you go South Paws...eat your respective hearts out.



    Now there IS a Leftie 1911 parts kit being sold on Gunbroker right now but, no frame and the custom machine work to build a true leftie on a righty frame would probably be pretty cost prohibitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpaw66 View Post
    Nobody makes a true lefty 1911 as far as I can see, I had to search for a long time for my lefty Bolt action rifle (Ruger). I just ordered a new holster and I had to go directly to the company (Blackhawk) for it. I know I got soaked on the price, but what can I do-I'm a lefty! I really wanted to get a Crimson Trace Lasergrip for my XD-9, but I think my being a lefty would interfere with the laser! Screwed again! I with there were a gunshop devoted to us wrong-siders-I would so be there.
    I am left handed. However, because I have spent my lifetime working the rifle bolt right handed, the computer mouse right handed, as well as the 1911 right handed, etc., it would be like learning life all over again to switch to items designed for left handers. On the other hand, if you are 10 years old, I suppose you may want to try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Attentions lefties... (note left hand wave...)

    You can get any holster you want from Fist in a lefty as quickly as can a strong side right...
    Don't I know it. Fist is one o' the good ones.
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    It's tough being left-handed, though most major holster makers carry most models. Still, if it isn't the gun model, it's the left-handed part that can restrict our choices. Luckily, we're blessed with being smart and good-looking, as all left-handers are......ok, ok at least we have a sense of humor.

    And I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous...
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    Just think how tough it must be to be left handed in Darfur. I bet that's what they talk about over there.....
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    Being a true, 100% lefty has been a bit inconvinient at times, but really isn't worth getting too upset over.

    In guns, most regular firearms work pretty well for a lefty without any modification. Others, like a 1911, need an ambidextrous safety, which isn't expensive or difficult to install. The revolvers and double-action-only and DA/SA pistols work every bit as well for lefties and the common people. We also have a lot of new guns that are true ambidextrous right out of the box.

    In holsters, high end leather comes in left or right to order, but middle price range stuff is hit or miss. Some are available for some models, but never for yours. However, there are a number of makers of nylon holsters that are easily switched to right or left and are very inexpensive, but still work quite well.

    I have more trouble getting a decent haircut than in finding good firearms and accessories that work for me as alefty.
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    being lefty

    i too am a southpaw. can't say i've had any bad issuses. the only
    inconvince would be my maverick 88 shotgun and that the safety
    was designed for right-handers but i'm used to it so no real troubles.

    just remember,us southpaws are the only ones in our right mind.
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    It may be a bit tougher finding / using things as a leftie, but I find I am ambidextrous enough to get by just fine. My LH A bolt and Stag are just cause I'm spoil myself rather than a real need.
    Holsters can be an issue , mostly for new model guns. It took almost a year to get the holster I wanted for my HK USP when the model was new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    It may be a bit tougher finding / using things as a leftie, but I find I am ambidextrous enough to get by just fine. My LH A bolt and Stag are just cause I'm spoil myself rather than a real need.

    How odd, my only true lefty guns are an A bolt, and a Stag 1L. I never was a big fan of ARs, but the Stag lefties made me buy one. I started to look at the Charter Southpaw, but realized I would have to learn how to shoot a lefty handgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTsnub View Post
    How odd, my only true lefty guns are an A bolt, and a Stag 1L. I never was a big fan of ARs, but the Stag lefties made me buy one. I started to look at the Charter Southpaw, but realized I would have to learn how to shoot a lefty handgun.
    I doubt I could master the use of a LH revo, since I went through the PD academy using a M66. My actions are so ingrained with revos at this point it seems darn near impossible to change.

    I find most semi autos I can work the slide release/ mag release with my left hand trigger finger.
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