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Old 01-08-2017, 03:04 PM   #1
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Being Lefthanded. How does it change your tactics?

I have been home from work for 17 days straight due to the holidays and the birth of my son. Lots of time sitting around watching YouTube videos between feedings and diaper changes, unable to escape to the range for any training.

As I sit here pondering the life, the universe and everything, I thought to myself, how does being Lefthanded change my gun handling tactics? For example, when I bought my first pistol several years ago I settled on the P250 due to its ambidextrous controls. I find my offhand shooting abilities naturally more accurate and precise than my right handed friends. I always tend to slingshot a semi auto into battery rather than hitting the slides stop lever (granted, I think this is better practice anyway...). My trigger finger can quickly work a mag release if the pistol is set up for a rightie. The only weapon style I struggle with is quick reloads on a revolver.

So, I guess I want to start a new thread on how being left handed "changes the game" for you. In what ways does your technique differ from our right handed brethren? What firearms and gear are you more likely to use?

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Old 01-08-2017, 04:50 PM   #2
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Being Lefthanded. How does it change your tactics?

You're looking for "trans-handed experience" !?!? Lol !

I'm left handed and always have been. I can manage a RH safety on a 1911 but it is not comfortable nor fast. So I chose my weapons accordingly. I have a P938 and my 226 and 229 are DA/SA.

The only annoying thing so far is with bolt action rifles.

I'm also left eye dominant so the face full of exhaust gasses is something we have to live with.
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My brother is left handed and left eye dominant. He will pay the extra to have his bolt actions be set up for left hand. He got his AR from Stag since they have a lefty configuration. His pistols, he just lives with.
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I too live with the pistols. Shotguns......I enjoy the reversed safety, and stock cast for a lefty but other than that pure stock. Left handed bolts on rifles sure make it easier too.
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I'm left handed. I learned to shoot and carry right handed. Back when I started carrying left handed guns or ones with ambi controls were few and left handed holsters were fewer. So after decades of carrying RH I am now as quick and as good with both hands. Doesn't matter I draw and shoot equally with both hands. Nothing feels strange to me in either hand when it comes to pistols.
Rifles still feel more natural and I do shoot them more accurately LH. But this makes for a good transition as I lower rifle to left side with left arm I can draw my pistol from my right side and engage things a bit quicker. Kinda keeps things separate.
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I'm left handed. I learned to shoot and carry right handed. Back when I started carrying left handed guns or ones with ambi controls were few and left handed holsters were fewer. So after decades of carrying RH I am now as quick and as good with both hands. Doesn't matter I draw and shoot equally with both hands. Nothing feels strange to me in either hand when it comes to pistols.
Rifles still feel more natural and I do shoot them more accurately LH. But this makes for a good transition as I lower rifle to left side with left arm I can draw my pistol from my right side and engage things a bit quicker. Kinda keeps things separate.
Great that you realized this and decided to become proficient with both hands

back before dirt,
first day out, intruder in home, 5 of us responded, me, on a wall, gun drawn with LEFT hand, nervous as hell (right handed)
needless to say I then did as you and learned to be proficient with both hands, takes a lot of practice, things in the real world don't always follow ideal conditions.
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I'm left handed. I learned to shoot and carry right handed. Back when I started carrying left handed guns or ones with ambi controls were few and left handed holsters were fewer. So after decades of carrying RH I am now as quick and as good with both hands. Doesn't matter I draw and shoot equally with both hands. Nothing feels strange to me in either hand when it comes to pistols.
Rifles still feel more natural and I do shoot them more accurately LH. But this makes for a good transition as I lower rifle to left side with left arm I can draw my pistol from my right side and engage things a bit quicker. Kinda keeps things separate.
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I am left handed when it comes to shooting. Boy did I ever dance shooting the M-1 carbine in the USAF. Hot rounds right down the back of the neck. Then came the M-16 and nothing I could not live with. SIG p series give me no problems but when it comes to 1911 platforms I won't even pick one up if it is not Ambi. Bolt action rifles with scopes I stay away from. Open sights I just reach across the bolt,no biggie. Lever actions, depends how it ejects, some right in the face and others off to the side. My 320 SIG is a bit dicey on ejections. I have been trying to train for rt handed and I do pretty well shooting, but need more practice and at 76 years old just how much am i capable of retraining too?
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I'm Left handed,
I've been shoot right handed firearms since I was about Seven years old.
It's not a Big deal.
I can use a Mag. release, Bolt release. without any problems. Left or right. You have to train your mind. I carry Left Handed or if I have to just reverse my Right handed Holster and put it on the Left side backwards. If you have to use you Firearm you never take it out of the holster with the Trigger first.
I've never shot a Left handed Bolt or Auto in my Life and don't plan to.
I shot Expert with the M-14 in Basic at Ft. Bliss in July of 1968, 97 out of 100rds.. The M-16 in Vietnam was all Right Handed and very easy to shot.. If you are in a Fire Fight it really doesn't matter where the Brass goes. I've shot out of a Window of a Five -Ton Truck and HOT Brass way flying off my face, bouncing off the inside of the Windshield, and my pants. When push comes to shove you won't think about the Hot Brass.
Are we getting that soft we can't defend our selves anymore? Real life situations defending ones self usually doesn't happen at a indoor Range.

I always concentrate on the Target, not where the Brass goes.
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