mini 14 for southpaws

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by TooStrongTerry, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    I'm a lefty and was wondering if this would be a problem ...I can't own a 10/22(or most semi 22s) cuz I get SPRAYED in the face with gunpowder and sht. Is this a problem on a mini? I know 22 is filthy ammo but just figured id ask.
     
  2. p35bhp55

    p35bhp55 New Member

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    It hasn't been a problem for me, but then I own and shoot 5 10-22s so I'm a little surprised by your post. Are you trying to keep both eyes open? I wouldn't do that with the .22lr.
     

  3. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    Dude idk...I've shot 2 10/22s I used to own one...a marlin 60 and an old Remington and its always been a problem...but I've shot aks n ars and never had a problem. I was just thinking since the action is different it might be a problem.
     
  4. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i was thinking about this, and i was like "yeah, i guess the mini might suck for a lefty..." when it just dawned on me that my nephew, who is a southpaw, never had any trouble at all with my mini. i didn't really think about it to be honest, even while we were shooting (other than he had to go to a lefty bench at the range).

    and this isn't a knock, but i think the AR could possibly be a problem cause of all the blowback into the chamber (in your face). just thinking out loud there. but the AR charging handle (though i still don't like it) is far more ambidextrous than the mini.
     
  5. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    I'm used to righty charging handles lol alright. Sounds good.
     
  6. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    Lefty

    If you can wait until I clean it up, I'll drag my pops to the range (he shoots lefty even though right handed) and I'll have an answer for you.

    But, he has shot my Baretta 391 Urika Tgt gun and Rem 11-87 20 ga w/o any issues.

    In the Army they had some shell deflectors for the ARs but they were few. Army really didn't give a damn lefties. You had to adapt to them or put another way - adapting was your problem, not theirs.
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I had never shot a left handed rifle until about 8 months ago. Never been a problem for me. I do always wear shooting glasses of some sort.
     
  8. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    The only lefty gun was a bolt action I've ever shot. ARs don't bother me. Or AKs...never shot a gun with an action like the mini so...
     
  9. DaveS

    DaveS New Member

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    I shoot lefty and have a Mini 14 and 10-22 with no problems, I used to own a Winchester semi 22 and got sprayed in the face with burning powder.
     
  10. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    Good. So I'm set.
     
  11. myname

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    Lefties and Minis

    I sold a Hi Point 9mm Carbine because it sprayed burned powder at my Lefty Wife's face. She has never complained about that issue shooting either of the Minis I've had. Both a 22 and most pistol carbines are blow back designs which may be part of the problem. With a locked bolt design the pressure should be low by the time the bolt opens..
    Sally also never has any issues shooting her Benelli Autoloader which is a right handed gun. Did get her a Left Handed AR Target Rifle as she likes to shoot off the bench and I could find a Stag Left handed one.

     
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  12. jyo

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    I too am surprised by your post---because only my left eye works well (from childhood), I shoot rifles and shotguns left-handed all the the time---pistols right-handed. This has never been an issue for me---I currently shoot two 10-22s and three different Mini 14s---no problems. Also my old Remington Nylon 66 and an FN FAL 308---again, no problems.
     
  13. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    Idk. I'm not making it up lol. I get sprayed with 22s. Shotguns are no problem. Just wondering. Lol
     
  14. JSStryker

    JSStryker New Member

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    I shoot the Mini left handed and have never had a problem in 30 years of usage, same with my 10/22, never had the problem you described OP, maybe I've been lucky all these years. :)
     
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