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Which Pistols for Left Handers

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Phlip4x4Sport, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Mar 19, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    I went to the gun range last week and tried out a number of different pistols. For the life of me I could not easily, reliably use the slide release on a XD .40 while holding it with my left hand. I am left handed but I want to get a right handed pistol that my wife can use.

    Any left handers have a recommendation on which pistols are the best laid out for us?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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  3. Mar 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    Man, there are so many more variables that you have not included that are important before I could confidently give an honest to goodness opinion. I am a private firearms instructor (11 years experience), a former FFL holder with my own shop and range, and I have trained over 1000 citizens in handgun marksmanship and safety in the state of VA just to give you some of my qualifications. But if I had to to give you an answer based simply on the variables you have given, I would recommend H&K firearms, mostly due to the ability to choose models with ambidextrous features and/or features that are easier to operate off handed for right handed shooters. Send me a pm if you have more detailed questions. Heck, Ill even pm you my phone number if you wanted to talk to a person.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    Buying an HK as a first firearm is like buying a Ferrari as your first car.
     
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    Check out the STI GP6 it is an Ambidextrous pistol, cost about the same as a XDm 9mm
     
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    There are only a few things in this world that the average man can afford the very best of. Most cant afford the best cars, nor houses, nor fishing boats. An handgun is one thing that most average people can afford the best of. Besides, is there anything about personal protection that you want to skimp on? Im just saying.

    I do however strongly agree with drew assessment that a revolver would be an excellent all around choice.
     
  7. Mar 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    I owned a HK USP 40. I think nearly everything on there was reversible.

    Please honestly check out revolvers. Only a fool would immediately dismiss a revolver. They may not be as sexy as an autoloader but they're as reliable as tractors, built like tanks, and can be stored loaded with no long term spring tension. If I could only own one handgun, it would be either a 357 or 44 wheel gun.
     
  8. Mar 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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    Probably the truest recommendation....

    :rolleyes: If the 1911's didn't look so damn sweet!

    Thanks, and probably the right answer for the house gun.
     
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    Thanks, I respect your experience. And yes, way more variables than what I gave. I'll check into H&K and keep you in mind when I get some solid questions.
     
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    That might be... but I also like to know what features the Ferrari has so I know how to honestly compare what I lose on the inexpensive model.

    Besides... there is always the retirement plan for the uneducated... LOTTERY!
     
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    Thanks, I have not heard of them... if there is a gun club in SoCal that rents them I will try them out.
     
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    There are "Ferrari" revolvers out there too. Check out the S&W Performance shop for one.
     
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    Check this out:

    Charter Arms Southpaw

    Are you a left-handed shooter in search of a small, light and handy defensive-style revolver? Read the American Rifleman review of the Charter Arms Southpaw, including shooting results, and detailed specifications for this true left-hand mirrored version of the aluminum-frame Undercover Lite model
     
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    No disrespect intended to you opinion, but I wouldnt use a Charter Arms for even a paper weight for fear it would come apart, based on experience. In the revolver world, S&W is king. Old school Colts are prized and very nice, but are no longer made and come with a premium price tag.
     
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    .357 mag snubbie's are pretty damn nice, plus you can use 38 special rounds in it.
    Have to agree - s&w revolvers are just plain awesome.
     
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    Hi Brian, Thanks, I read it. I like the lefty revolver but the first pistol I get will be right handed so that my wife can use it easily.
     
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    It's a good thing there are actualy some good responses here, I was gonna reccomend the same company that makes left handed screw drivers :anonymous:


    :D

    Good luck with whatever you choose
     
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    X2 on the Charter Arms. If you compare one side by side with any of the other leading brands, you'll see why.

    As for the other companies, don't forget Ruger. They make one of the strongest revolvers on the market. If you want to shoot a lot of hot, heavy loads like Buffalo Bore, Ruger is the way to go.

    Smith and Wesson used to always have the best triggers. This is not necessarily true anymore. Over time, their triggers have gotten worse while others have gotten better. I must give them credit though, they do make some pretty guns.
     
  19. Mar 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    I've been using 1911s in competition for years, and everyone I talk into trying one has become a fan like myself. Having owned dozens of pistols and revolvers, I tend to criticize myself for not buying the absolute best I can afford- going cheap on whatever type of firearm you buy is just an open invitation to lose money when trading up.
    That being said, neither pistols nor revolvers have the slide/cylinder release on the right side of the weapon unless specifically built for lefties.
    If an auto is the preference for a first time gun, I'd look at any of the Kimber line you can afford. Springfield also makes a fine "loaded" 1911. For wheelguns, I'm partial to Smith and Wesson in .38/.357. any of the three makers offer more than enough variations to suit most shooters.

    Oh ya- and HKs are often too bulky for easy concealment..
     
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    I don't have any Charter Arms, Just an article that came through this week. I personally have Springfields, and gonna get a Ruger revolver real soon.
     
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