View Full Version : Left-handed safety, pro or con?
October 21, 1999, 02:46 PM
Picked up my first firearm last week - 870 Express Magnum HD. Haven't shot it yet, waiting to take safety/training course etc. Plan on shooting at an outdoor range and HD only. My question is, I shoot left-handed. Scattergun Technologies (now part of Wilson Combat) offers a left-handed safety conversion which they will
"CONVERT TO LEFT HAND SAFETY: Includes: modification of standard trigger group assembly and installation of jumbo head safety." ($40)
Is it worth converting the safety to a left-hander? Thanks for your input.
October 22, 1999, 09:12 AM
Most people will tell you not to but I'm a lefty also. If I had an 870 I'd do it to mine. I'm not overly concerned what others think I should do to my weapons as I'll be the one firing and maintaining them. BTW, one of the reasons I own several Mossbergs is because of the tang safety. I've been looking to switch my Benelli M121 over to a left-hand safety.
October 23, 1999, 01:31 PM
why on earth didn't you buy a left-handed version of the 870? they make lefty Deer Gun and Wingmaster versions. a helluva lot easier than doing some oddball conversion.
in shotguns, you can get a lefty Remington 870, 1100, and 11-87. I think there's a lefty version of certain Benelli models (the Montenegro, maybe).
in rifles, you can get lefty versions of the Remington model 700, the Savage model 10/110 series, the Browning A-Bolt, and even the Winchester model 70.
guys, they'll stop making lefty guns if you don't buy them. there's a supply only as long as there's a demand.
October 24, 1999, 10:12 AM
The reason I haven't bought a left hand weapon is mainly due to economics. I've bought all my shotguns used and there are not many used LH weapons on the market. Besides there is usually a substancial wait time as LH weapons are not normally stocked, even at the distributor level (at least the last time I actually enquired).
I do plan on acquiring an LH Savage later this year or early next year though.
October 25, 1999, 02:19 PM
FWIW, I'd say put the L/H safety in if you're going to use the gun left-handed. If you're planning on using it right-handed, I'd leave the original safety in. One thing I've seen on my department's range is lefties shooting the gun left-handed and knocking the R-H safety on unintentionally.
Also, I know where there is a L/H 870 that's looking for a permanent & loving home; but that is another subject.
October 26, 1999, 01:22 AM
One good reason for not buying a LH 870 is accessories (ie barrels). The real solution is to buy a gun with a tang safety especially if there are RH and LH shooters in the house.
If you are considering a LH Savage, trade the 870 for a Mossberg, that way the safeties all work the same. Yes I believe in the KISS principle.
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