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markhk 07-23-2009 07:20 PM

left handed shooter
Hi Folks,
My son has applied for his GFL and wants to try my XDc. He is left handed and I wondered if there are any "lefties" out there that would have any tips for him other than "make your dad pay for all range fees and ammo."

I did a search for left handed shooters, but got no real information.

c3shooter 07-24-2009 02:50 AM

The primary issues for a lefty with a pistol, rifle, or shotgun are similar-

First, the controls may be where your dominant hand cannot easily reach them- consider safety, slide release, etc. One cure (partially) may be an ambi safety (have one on my Browning P-35)

The other issue, which varies wildly from one make/model to another is where does it throw the ejected brass? When I was still wearing a green shirt each day, the Colt M-16s would throw hot brass RIGHT down the neck of a lefty, but a General Dynamics M16 would not. Look at the ejection pattern from your weapon, and be sure he is not gonna get whacked in the face with brass.

And practicing strong hand/ weak hand is still a good drill.

ScottG 07-24-2009 04:30 AM

Well, I shoot everything I have left handed and I've never had any problem with brass going to places it shouldn't. Maybe it's just been my guns. When I'm shooting bolties, I just give my wrist a little twist before ejecting the shells and they give me no problem.

diggsbakes 07-25-2009 02:53 AM

I'm a lefty and frequently shoot an XD40 and other semi-autos. No problems at all with those especially because they only feature a grip and trigger safety. Growing up with guns, the best thing everyone did with me and my brother (also a lefty) was, when we learned to shoot was to just line us out with the basics and let us shoot (alot). Eventually, any adjustments needed (usually none) you will make on your own and become part of your technique. I wouldn't even mention being a lefty as an issue for your son.

gorknoids 07-25-2009 05:20 AM

I shoot mine both right-and left-handed (Single-hand) and my daughter is left-handed, so she shoots the XD 9 both two-handed and single-handed, and there's never been an issue. Sorry about all the hyphens.

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