View Full Version : BEST ambidextrous pistol?
September 1, 2011, 01:29 PM
What seems to be the general consensus as to the best ambidextrous 9mm
semi auto pistol, as far as quality, ergonomics and great shooting?
Beretta PX4 Storm
HK USP 9mm
September 1, 2011, 01:35 PM
My recommendation (based on design, not personal experience) would have to be the Beretta 92FS... I would assume that the PX4 is done well as well.
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September 1, 2011, 01:43 PM
Either the walther pps, or perhaps the hk p7m8?
September 1, 2011, 02:02 PM
HK P7 hands down.
September 1, 2011, 02:21 PM
Walther P99 or P99c
September 1, 2011, 02:39 PM
I'm a lefty and these were what I was looking into.
TAURUS PT92 (Personally like the frame mntd safety/decocker better)
FNX-9, 40 (like the ergonomics and features aren't as cheezy as the fnp-9 IMHO)
September 1, 2011, 03:49 PM
The S&W M&P deserves a nod.
September 1, 2011, 05:01 PM
A 5" 1911 ...with ambi safeties ...would be my choice ....( Wilson Combat, Les Baer, Kimber, Springfield ...etc )...in 9mm ...is a perfect choice in my opinion.
September 1, 2011, 05:28 PM
FNX/P and M&Ps. Accurate, durable, and reliable.
September 1, 2011, 10:06 PM
September 2, 2011, 01:41 AM
The FNX 9mm is an AWESOME pistol. I own one and absolutely LOVE it.
September 2, 2011, 02:29 AM
The HK P7PSP, or P7M8 would fit your needs and then some being truly ambidextrous. Kahr DAO pistols are ambidextrous by design. I'm sure there are others, but I own examples of both the Kahr and HK pistols. I'd go with one of the P7s. They are super safe carry pieces and very accurate having fixed 4" barrels. Unlike the USP 9mm which I own as well, the P7 requires no modifications to be ambidextrous. It can however be converted and is a fine shooting pistol. Though not quite as accurate as the P7 it does have the advantage of a high capacity magazine. The P7 conceals easier IMHO although I carry either one frequently.
September 2, 2011, 07:22 AM
Hk p30 lem
September 2, 2011, 07:23 AM
September 2, 2011, 07:29 AM
FNX. Great guns all around.
September 2, 2011, 07:47 AM
a HK P7psp's function controls are symmetrical. the one exception is the takedown button. Although I have no problem running a GI 1911 lefty.
September 2, 2011, 07:56 AM
I've fired an HK P7M8 left handed and I've fired a Glock left handed.
My left hand is not identical to my right hand as far as finger length, my right index finger is longer than my left index finger. With the P7M8, it didn't matter. With the Glock Gen 3 at least - that huge bulky grip did make a difference and the pisrol has a completely different feel with the left hand. I do have difficulty reaching the trigger with my left so I do tend to rotate the gun slightly out of the web of my hand, so instead of the gun recoiling back into the web of my hand - it's recoiling back into the first joint on my left thumb.
None of that happens with the HK P7M8.
With the Glock, the sensation when I switch hands is totally different - like I have a different gun in my hands.
The Glock fanatical defenders will be the first people to say how ambidextrous it is, but report a stoppage and they'll be the first ones to absolve the pistol of any issues by calling you a limp wrister. So if limp wristing is a problem, it would seem to me that it would be more of a problem firing left handed, and if a pistol doesn't tolerate limp wristing very well - then it's not so ambi-dextrous, IMO.
September 2, 2011, 08:00 AM
I agree with the 1911.
September 2, 2011, 08:20 AM
Walther P99 or P99c
What he said.^
It seems that all new P99s are shipping with the ambi slide release.
September 2, 2011, 09:04 AM
very good point Count I shoot my wide body Para P14 very good until I have to shoot weak hand.
September 2, 2011, 06:04 PM
I think one of the best values out there is the Bersa Ultra Compact Pro. They come in 9, 40 and 45. Accurate, reliable, ergonomics make it an easy shoot, lifetime warranty and ALL controls are ambi.
September 3, 2011, 12:42 PM
Sir; !911, full size!
September 3, 2011, 12:56 PM
There are so many aftermarket items out pretty much any full sized pistol can be made into an ambi model.
September 3, 2011, 02:02 PM
Don't forget XD's
September 3, 2011, 02:39 PM
September 4, 2011, 07:49 PM
Of those listed, the Beretta is the exception when it comes to ejection angle. Meaning that it tends to eject at a more upward angle and is less likely to distract you by flinging brass across your line of sight. More like 1 o'clock as opposed to 3o'clock. For some this is an issue and for anothers an annoyance.
I cant comment on the P7, though it's on my short list.;)
September 4, 2011, 10:12 PM
In my personal experience it's been the HK P7. I have practiced weak hand firing with everything I've owned and the manual of arms of the P7 lent itself to use with either hand being dominant.
September 5, 2011, 01:52 AM
As for the "best" ambi type semi auto, a few major factors are at play; budget/cost, skill level, use(s) etc.
For general carry target or defense(home vehicle office), I'd look into these models; the EZ9 9x19mm, the "ambi" PX4 compact, the Walther P88 9mm, the FN FNX line, the HK P2000/P2000sk, the HK45 SOCOM issue compact .45acp, the Smith and Wesson M&Ps in 9mm/.40/.357sig/.45acp .
The Ruger SR9c compact in 9mm(the new .40S&W may also be ready for purchase) or a older DA only P95, P94 alloy frame pistol.
I'm left handed & always advise DA only hammer fired semi auto sidearms for concealed/duty use. Ambi controls are a big +. :)
September 5, 2011, 04:06 PM
The S&W M&P deserves a nod.
Agreed ... my lefty daughter enjoys her M&P 9c that I bought for her last Christmas. During my search, it was considered one of the top ambi options. Good luck!!
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