ARs and left handers

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    ARs and left handers

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    How hard is it for a left hander to use a standard (right handed) AR? I know that stag makes a left handed ar, any other makers do this? Can you just put the safety on the other side of the lower?

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    Thousands of left handed soldiers do it every day. My lefty buddy said having gas escape out the side your face is on, and seeing brass bounce past your face is annoying, but usable.

    You need to reload with the right hand while controlling the rifle from the pistol grip with the left. Reaching up to the bolt release with your left hand while controlling the forend with your right might be easier than the right hand move.
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    I have fired thousands of rounds through a right handed M-16 as a lefty. With a little practice it is very easy to do.
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    I fired enough M-16A2s and M-4s on active duty to know that I wanted lefty versions for my own. I now have both full size and carbine Stags and love them.

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    Stag 2TL Lefty.

    I own a Stag Model 2TL and love it. I buy LH rifles whenever available. I buy them to keep and shoot, so not interested in resale value.

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    Lefty here checking in with no problems. The ejecting brass is not a problem, it is so far below your line of sight that it is not a factor. i modify all of my ARs to have ambi safeties and they are ready to rock.

    The only real difficulty with running ARs left handed is that you don't have any standard doctrine established on how to work the gun. As a righty you can go to YouTube and watch a million videos from the pros about how to make fast mag changes or how to clear a malfunction. As a lefty you sorta have to fend for yourself.

    It is my opinion that for a lefty the only "down side" of shooting a right handed AR is that mag changes are a bit slower. The reason is that your off hand has to come up to the gun and thumb the mag release before going to your belt/rig to get a fresh mag. The other option is to grab a fresh mag and then try to punch the mag release with your index finger while holding the mag. I find option #2 to be a bit clumsy, YMMV.
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    Lefty here, as well. Have shot several AR's, all of them RH models, with the exception of the LH model I purchased (a Stag 3L). It's little different with an AR, IMO, than with a pistol that has a 1911-style "traditional" magazine release button the left side of the frame. For a lefty, it's trivially simple to learn to activate that mag release button with the index or middle finger of the left hand. Similarly, it's fairly straightforward to learn to be comfortable operating a "righty" AR, if one is left-handed. As others have suggested, about the only real "sticking point" is the brass flying by in front of the eyes, though that can quickly be gotten used to. Works fine, so long as the ejection is clean, strong and not rearward. No other issues that I've found, as a lefty using RH variants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone2015 View Post
    Hi

    How hard is it for a left hander to use a standard (right handed) AR? I know that stag makes a left handed ar, any other makers do this? Can you just put the safety on the other side of the lower?

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    I've only known a couple left-handed shooters, and they've both said the only hard thing with using a standard AR is to train your eye not to follow the ejected casing.

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    I'm a lefty with a Stag 2T. I have the right handed version and I don't even notice the brass. Only thing is the strong gas smell right in front of the nose. But I can live with it. I can work the mag release just fine with my index finger. As for my pistols that don't have ambidextrous controls (1911)) I've gotten real quick and good at working the slide release with my index finger as well. It's not as big a deal as you might think.
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    Not necessary to have a lefty model of AR but a nice feature. I like my Stag due to the fact hot brass isn't bouncing off my arm, no gas is venting in my face and if there was a ammo overcharge it would direct the blast away from my face. I can and have used a standard AR with no issues .
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    A friend of mine just got her CCP and is trying to learn more about firearms.We went to shoot my AR one day,and she told me she was right handed,but left eye dominant.I told her to try and shoot my AR left handed and see how it felt.I set up a target for her at about 20 yrds to begin with.She didn't do bad for a 1st timer.She shot it a good bit left handed and that's the side she shoots it from now.

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    I was shooting left-handed in the military when the M-16s were introduced and they didn't have shell deflectors on the early ones. On automatic, a string of shell casings would be hitting my head. I kept my helmet forward and low over my eyes when shooting. I had a hard time qualifying on the range. I found out I am left-handed and right eye dominant. I switched to shooting right-handed and qualified expert every time after that.
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    I just went through this decision. The last month I was looking at the left handed stag. In the end I chose a standard right handed model. If you've never fired an AR-15 the left handed may be a good choice, but for me I was used to the right model controls ( Military issued) so I just stuck with it. These have brass deflectors so brass in the face is not a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    Not necessary to have a lefty model of AR but a nice feature. I like my Stag due to the fact hot brass isn't bouncing off my arm, no gas is venting in my face and if there was a ammo overcharge it would direct the blast away from my face. I can and have used a standard AR with no issues .
    +1 for the Stag. I have also seen MANY shooters use the standard AR with no issues once they are familiar with it.
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    I'm a lefty with an AK. The only problem I've ever had was when I purchased some bulk, cheap Chinese ammo. The stuff was so caustic that the gases burned my right eye quite badly. It required a visit to the doctor, some medication and an eye patch for a few days. When using good name brand ammo, no troubles.

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