choosing a gun for left handed wife

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by nogunlaws, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. nogunlaws

    nogunlaws New Member

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    hey guys love the site , I visit the site often and i decided to join. I would appreciate any insight to my question. ok. I recently moved with my wife for a better life but things are really tight at the moment and we had to move into a town that we arent used to and i have to work night and my wife is scared becouse there is allot of drug addicts and break ins in the neighbour hood. I was thinking of getting her a gun but I dont know what to get her becouse she is left handed . I was thinking of the glock 17 but i worry that the magazine release might get in the way. I chose glock becouse i had one but sold it so that i can afford the bills and now that we moved I regret it. Any recomendations guy.I would rather pay bills than get a pistol but i guess there is no price for me knowing that she is atleast safe and it gives me a sense of relief and i can do my job better with out worying. sorry for the horible writing.
     
  2. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    Revolver would work well. Lefties may have a problem with getting hit in the face with hot brass from an autoloading pistol. Just a thought.
     

  3. nogunlaws

    nogunlaws New Member

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    it doesnt matter if the shells hits her , she is only going to use the gun for self difence when im not home. i was thinking of getting her a revolver but im lost on which one to get her becouse she is 110 pounds and 5'5". i was thinking of getting her the beretta 93 fs but its to big.
     
  4. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I'd go with a Ruger 38+p or .357. Lots of configurations and can be had for a decent price yet still a solid gun.

    Autoloader, Springfield XD. These are just great pistols for the money and the prices are being driven down because XD's are everywhere. Think of them as a superglock.
     
  5. Jess

    Jess New Member

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    110lbs and 5'5 is quite big to shoot almost any handgun out there. I would get her one that is easy enough for her to shoot in the dark, and has a big enough capacity to allow her to stop any threat without reloading. She should know how to reload...but less steps is better. I recently got a Springfield XD in 9mm its a 3in sub compact. I LOVE it. You can shoot it left handed (I tried due to a wrist injury). But if you can swing it, I would get her a dog...a loud one that alerts when anyone is close. It doesn't need to be big. I have a 30lb dog that will mess you up. If its just her and no kids I would make sure she can get out of the house 3 different ways and knows to fight and run. I have many girlfriends who think you should listen to badguys. just do what they say and everyone will be "fine" um no thank you.
     
  6. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    OK. . . this NEVER has been a problem for me and I've been a left handed shooter for. . . ummmm. . . MY WHOLE LIFE.

    As a lefty, here's my .02.

    Any way you look at it us lefty's usually require one more motion to reload than righty's. The slide release on modern semis is always on the left side of the gun, (except maybe certain models for lefty's, but I've never seen them) and intended to be activated by the right thumb. However if the gun is to be shot using the left hand you either have to a.) use your left index to swipe the slide release. (this can be a stretch depending on the model and requires a good amount of pressure) or b.) Keep hold of gun w/ left hand and bring your right thumb over to release slide. Either situation should be well practiced and neither are very desirable in self-defense mode.

    Lefty's help me if I'm leaving something out.

    Over the years I've found revolvers to be quicker and easier to reload, FOR ME. Once last cartridge is fired I simply flop the gun into my right hand, release the cylinder with right thumb, move my left ring and middle fingers into frame and use them to hold cylinder firm, while working ejector rod to get rid of spent shells with my left index. Then the speed loader comes out of any right pocket, using right hand to load and release new cartridges. Close cylinder with left thumb, while in motion transfer firearm to left hand and you're good for another 6.

    Then there's the third option of ordering a left handed configured weapon or learning to shoot right handed. Both of those are expensive and I've found it sucks to try and learn anything right handed, being a lefty.

    Good Luck!
     
  7. SirGeorgeKillian

    SirGeorgeKillian New Member

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    I would look at the Rock Island Tactical. It has an ambidextrous safety, and is a good shooter. But the bottom line is let her handle and shoot a few candidates, you could buy her what you or anybody considers the perfect gun for her, but she is the one who has to shoot it. Don't think of it as a defense only item, she needs range time with it as well. Your wife having a gun she isn't proficient with should be about the same peace of mind as her having a sharpened stick to defend herself with while you are away.
    Let her decide what is too big, you may be surprised. I bought my wife a Bersa .380 thinking it was the perfect first pistol for her.... I was wrong, she regularly shoots my .45's with ease and lethal accuracy.
     
  8. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    Since you like Glocks, the Gen 4 Glocks have reversible magazine releases. The slide release isn't reversible, but she can always "slingshot" the slide.
     
  9. KBlue

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    I'm a lefty shooter. I've always used XDs when it comes to semi-auto configurations. they have an ambidextrous mag release. I pull back on the slide with my right hand when I need to release it after reloading. Never had any problems, nor have I been hit in the face with spent brass.
     
  10. Wambli

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    My wife is a lefty and her carry guns are a Kimber UltraCarry in .45 ACP with an ambi-safety and a Kahr P9 which has no external safety so it's not an issue. She has been trained to operate the mag release with her trigger finger and she releases the slides by pulling them back with her right hand and letting go so slide release controls are a non issue.

    She shoots IDPA with both guns and her times are as good as any right hander and better than most.
     
  11. fragout

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    This might be of interest for your wife...
    Charter Southpaw #93820

    I have always loved the simplicity of a revolver, Ruger GP100/SP101 in paticular...... but decided to try out Charter's Southpaw for myself. It has cut reload time in half on average, because of where the cylinder release is located, and the direction of where the cylinder opens towards. ( Exact opposite of your average wheel gun.) The grip angle/feel is very much like a Rossi 38 that I own, only less weight overall due to the Aluminum 7075 frame.
    So....unless Ruger comes ount with lefty versions of the GP-100/SP101, my new favorite wheel gun is this one.

    As for semiauto's......my favorite flavor has been the Glock-19 (no brass in my face with them either. I tap the mag realease using left index finger, and rack the slide, skipping the slide release altogether.
    That is until the summer before last. ( Found a Springfield Armory XD40 service at 125 even, and have been happy with it ever since). It just feels better in my 'left mitt', and I shoot fairly decent with the thing. The ambi mag release is convenient for me as it took me awhile to 're-train' myself to use it with the left thumb vs left index finger. No brass at the mug with the XD either. Currently eyeballin the XDM with interest as of late.

    For what it's worth, the only time I had brass hit me was while shooting an ole worn out M9 at work. Only happened with this gun in paticular.:)
     
  12. kusterleXD

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    I second the XD with the ambidextrous mag release.
     
  13. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Brass in the face owing to the hand holding the weapon shouldn't be an issue with any gun. I routinely shoot weak-handed and it's never taken a gun so far left and so far back that the brass hits me.
     
  14. nogunlaws

    nogunlaws New Member

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    thanks to every one for there comments. I think im bieng selfish but i really liked my glock 17 when i had it and i think she should get one so that i can also shoot it at the range. my other question would be about the beretta 92 fs... I did a lot of reading and im comfused on the reviews. i like the gun becouse it can be used with left and right handed users. the next question is about one of the comments a user said that a gun can be changed to shoot out the left side, can someone go into more detail about this and is it possible to do it to the glock.
     
  15. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    I once had a pistol that would throw brass at my head. After shooting through a magazine, I would tilt my head forward and two or three casings would run off my hat.

    BTW, I shoot right-handed.
     
  16. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Do you and your wife a favor and get an XD as opposed to another Glock. You WILL NOT regret it. I've owned both Glocks and XDs. . . now I just own XDs.
     
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  17. Wambli

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    The Berettaa 92 is very heavy with a long DA triger pull and a size frame that normally fits only large handed folks which normally does not include the female persuassion.
     
  18. tekarra

    tekarra New Member

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    My wife is a southpaw and she likes her S&W 63 and Ruger Mk II. Lately she has taken a shine to my cZ 75s. I would like to get her a true left hand semi auto and a left hand Charter. She has left hand Carl Gustaf rifles and a left hand T22 with which she is a remarkable shot. Take her out and let her try as many firearms as you can, then let her choose.