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Old 09-29-2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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Left handed shooter

Just bought my first Sig a MK25. I mostly shoot a 1911, Kimber and Springfield. Question is I am left handed and just wondering if any left handers out there have any problems shooting a 226.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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many learn to use the decocker/mag realease with strong index finger.

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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I'm a lefty, and I have no problems with any of my SIGs. As bearone said, I use my trigger finger to manipulate both the decocker and mag release.

To lock the slide back without shifting the pistol to my weak hand, I just rotate the gun to the right so the left side of it is facing upward, place my right hand on the slide with my thumb over the slide locking notch on the side of the slide, pull the slide back until I can feel the slide locking lever under my thumb and push it up into the notch. There are a number of youtube videos out there demonstrating this technique if you'd like to see it done.

To release the slide on reloading I just slingshot the slide, which is what I do with all pistols even if they have an ambi slide release.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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I am a lefty also and have adapted quite easly. One thing we do have is some right's inadvertly hit the mag release.
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South Paw here as well...the SiG P Series P226 was the pistol I chose back in 1988 for duty as there were few if any pistols that were left hand friendly...tried the magazine release on the "other side" but found I liked it better where the right handers use it...after a short time, you can teach your trigger finger to decoct as well as the righties and you will be well served by the P226...enjoy!

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I too am a lefty and normally shoot a 1911 style handgun. Wife however shoots a p226 X5 L1 that i also enjoy shooting. Unlike the others that posted a response, i have a heck of a time and find it almost impossible to operate the slide release with my left hand trigger finger without maniplulating the gun in an uncomfortable position. The gun has ambidextrous safety so that is no problem. Just my 2 cents.
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Sig for a lefty

I have no trouble using my trigger finger (left) to manipulate the mag release, as well as the decocker. Sigs are very lefty friendly.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:38 AM   #8
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I too use my trigger finger to operate the decocker.
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Fellow lefty here. I operated the gun in right hand configuration and found no real problems, honestly. I did switch the mag release to the other side and kind of wish I didn't. I'm getting used to that. The hardest part is locking the slide back and there are a few ways to do it, but find what is comfortable to you.

For the decocker, I sometimes bring my right thumb over and do it that way so I am not taking my hand off the trigger area.
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No probs for me.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:31 PM   #11
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Yea, being a lefty too, I juggled with the decock/slide release too. I was going for the HK that is in the same price range as the SIG I got,I liked the slide release but the decocker button on the left side of the hammer really turned me off. So I got the Equinox instead.
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I shoot handguns ambidextrously. I decock the gun with my left trigger finger and eject the magazine with my left middle finger. I have big hands, and it's very awkward to hit the mag release with my trigger finger.
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Like most, I use my trigger finger for the decocker (when using a DA/SA) and have moved the mag release to the right side of the gun.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:54 PM   #14
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I can shoot with either hand. Actually I am a little better at aim with my right hand (just discovered that) but I am a lefty and just more comfortable using my left hand. All I can say is that Lefties are smarter people!
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that's questionable
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