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Options for Lefties

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by CrossHairs, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    A buddy of mine is looking for a semi auto pistol that is either 'truly' ambidextrous or fully lefty.....any of you southpaws out there have any suggestions?

    He looked at the Baretta PX4, but it's not a true ambidextrous setup because of the slide release Position.

    Intention is for use in home defense, so either compact or full size would be acceptable.
     
  2. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    The ones I would suggest would be HK p2000, P2000sk or the HK p30. I like mine. And these are the only ones I can think of that have a right side slide release. By the way I have a p30 and if I would have found that first, I may only have 1 full size 9mm... yes it is that good.
     
  3. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    If his budget can handle it... a P7M8.

    C
     
  4. thelendog

    thelendog Milwaukie Member

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    I'm what I consider to be "terminally" left handed. Not ambi in the slightest like most lefties I know.

    That being said, the only "lefty" thing I like on my handguns is an ambi safety on my Kimber. I think it's an advantage to be able to use the slide & mag release with my index finger. That's why I avoid Sigs (besides not liking da/sa triggers), that slide release is truly designed for a right hand thumb.

    Just my :twocents:
     
  5. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Same with my buddy...just does not want to deal with a slide release on the 'wrong side' if he can get away with it.
     
  6. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Looks like a nice pistol....I've forwarded on the recommendations.
     
  7. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Anyone got any thoughts on the M&P's by Smith and Wesson. Looks like they have the potential for dual control!
     
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    cash$$cow Eastern Wa Member

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    Sig p250 has the ability to drop the clip from either side.
     
  9. Will

    Will Everett Active Member

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    I shoot left hand S&W M&P is a good choice, FNH FNP is also but you have to switch the mag release, The Ruger P series is the best afordable that offers ambi control. Most good manufactures are going to ambi control if for nothing more so the right hand shooters can function weak hand if needed.
     
  10. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    A Ruger P89 has an ambidextrous magazine release AND decocker. As said just above, the P series is a good value.

    Keith
     
  11. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm a lefty too, However, I shoot pistol right handed and rifle left handed.

    But a friend of mine has a HK USP .40 it came in right only and he bought a left safety and is quite happy with it.
     
  12. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    I'll pass on the additional responses...we took a look at the M&P's today over at Wholesale Sports.....very nice looking gear for sure.....probably hit the pdx gun show this weekend to see if any of the other options are there to look at and fondle!

    Thanks to everyone...
     
  13. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Yes, it's true. You can switch a USP to be a left-handed variant. I also had S&W M&P and I actually bought it just because it is an ambi slide release.
     
  14. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    I carry the compact M&P 40. I really like it. Easy to operate. I haven't even changed over the mag release because it's easy enough to manipulate with the middle finger of my left hand. The interchangeable grips are a nice option. Gun Tests magazine rated the full size 9mm M&P a best buy this year if that helps:thumbup:
     
  15. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    I had a usp .45 that was fully ambidextrous. I am left handed. I found that I occasionally bumped the mag release on accident.. It was a great gun, but that really bugged me.
     
  16. Will

    Will Everett Active Member

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    I carry a full size S&W M&P 45 for more than three years now. It is a great fit for my left hand and from what I hear works well for the rest of you as well:)
     
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    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    If your friend is that hung up on the use of the slide release he should be looking at a revolver.
     
  18. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Already has one.....looking for a higher capacity semi.

    I'd not say he's "Hung up" on it...but, and I can see his point here...in a 'situation' he'd rather not be fumbling for something that should actually be relatively easy...hence the whole "Looking for options" deal. And, I think folks here have provided plenty of great options, and I suspect he's going to head the M&P route, good fit/feel/cost package all round it seems.

    I think us 'Righties' forget that the 'lefties' have it tough when so many things are designed are designed right handed.

    As an aside....read "A Left Hand Turn Around the World" By David Wolman (A Portland resident, and Southpaw as it happens)....quite amusing!
     
  19. MilesTeg

    MilesTeg Troutdale, OR Active Member

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    Maybe it's just me but I don't find a problem with any "right handed" firearms. I am also a lefty.
     
  20. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    agreed, It's pretty easy for me to work with RH semi auto controls. I like an ambi safety, but it sure ain't a must have.