The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 18, 2013, 11:13 AM   #1
KBP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 18, 2010
Location: Luthersburg, PA
Posts: 264
Ambidextrous pistols

Is their a list or thread somewhere of pistols that are friendly for lefties? I was looking to buy a Sig but don't think any are ambidextrous. Maybe a few lefties can give me some quality choices. Thanks!
KBP is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 01:03 PM   #2
UncleEd
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 13, 2013
Location: N. Georgia
Posts: 245
Check out the H&K P30.

It has ambi slide releases, ambi mag release, and its safety is at the back of the slide, easily manipulated with right or left hand. Plus it has a wild combination of grip panels that can be changed along with backstraps for all sized hands but the absolute tiniest.
UncleEd is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 01:10 PM   #3
ClydeFrog
Junior member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2010
Posts: 5,798
Good pistols for left handed gunners....

Id check these popular models;

HK P30, P2000, P2000sk, USP/USPc, HK45/HK45c, P7m8 & P7m13(note; P7s are out of production but may be available used)
Beretta PX4 C(constant action), PX4 Compact(fully ambi)
FNH FNS in 9mm or .40, FNX
Walther PPQ, PPX, P88/P88 compact(out of production) P99(out of production/used)
S-A XDm, XD, XS series
Ruger SR9 & SR40, SR45
EAA EZ9
S&W SD9 or SD40, M&P full size or compact(.357sig, .40, 9x19mm, .45acp)
SIG Sauer P250, P290RS, P series(DAK or double action Kellerman)
Styer(check spelling)
Glock Gen04; 19/17/22/23/21/20/32/26/27/30
ClydeFrog is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 02:54 PM   #4
pelican
Member
 
Join Date: November 11, 2008
Posts: 23
Smith & Wesson's M&P line of pistols is ambidextrous, except for the M&P Shield. The Shield might have an ambidextrous magazine release, but I'm not sure.
pelican is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 03:08 PM   #5
Jen-from-IL
Member
 
Join Date: June 13, 2013
Posts: 92
Ambidextrous pistols

I'm not sure about the other manufacturers but the FN pistols have full ambidextrous controls.
Jen-from-IL is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 04:57 PM   #6
Groundhog34
Member
 
Join Date: December 15, 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 90
Glock
Groundhog34 is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 05:14 PM   #7
kcub
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 24, 2010
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 1,994
Sig X models have ambi safeties. Most Sigs can have the mag release button reversed.
kcub is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 05:16 PM   #8
DaleA
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 12, 2002
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 1,502
Then of course you can go whole hog with a complete left handed 1911
http://cabotgun.com/better-than-cust...ols/south-paw/

or a left handed ar-15 type rifle
http://www.stagarms.com/left-handed-upper-halves/

I have no personal knowledge of these companies I just know they're out there. (maybe waaaay out there).
DaleA is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 05:36 PM   #9
RodTheWrench
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 24, 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 236
As a fellow lefty, I suggest you not limit yourself. Just as you and I successfully navigate a predominantly right-handed world on a daily basis, I say - ADAPT to your situation. DON'T let it he a handicap.

When I first got into guns, one of my first purchases was a police-buyback Beretta 92FS - decidedly NOT a lefty-friendly semiauto. I bought it mainly because it was dirt cheap, but also to see what I could learn to do with it. To make a long story short, I cycled 10,000+ rounds through that gun over the next decade, all the while working on and refining my ability to run it entirely left-handed. None of this "load it like a rightly then swap hands and fire" business, either.

Learning these skills has allowed me to have confidence in handling pretty much any handgun you can put in front of me. 1911s, Glocks, you name it. It has expanded my world of gun ownership and I'm glad for it as I dearly love the variety of guns in my collection.

Feel free to PM me with any questions about specifics of handling.

Oh, and when it comes to rifles, don't ask about running rightly bolt-actions. They are just plain evil.
__________________
.
"It's you and me against the world."
"So, when do we attack?"
RodTheWrench is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 05:39 PM   #10
SIGSHR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 13, 2005
Posts: 3,046
My S&W M639 and 659 came with ambidextrous safeties.
SIGSHR is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 05:45 PM   #11
RodTheWrench
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 24, 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 236
Wow DaleA. Those Cabot 1911s are NICE! But until the price comes down out of the stratosphere, I'll happily run my "plain" righty 1911s - and those of my buddies on the firing line - the way I've learned.
__________________
.
"It's you and me against the world."
"So, when do we attack?"
RodTheWrench is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 06:25 PM   #12
Kreyzhorse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 12, 2006
Location: NKY
Posts: 11,456
Quote:
As a fellow lefty, I suggest you not limit yourself. Just as you and I successfully navigate a predominantly right-handed world on a daily basis, I say - ADAPT to your situation. DON'T let it he a handicap.
+1.

Most right handed guns are very easy to adapt to. My only concession was that I wanted an ambi safety on my 1911, otherwise you can pretty much work and release with your index finger of your left hand.

I do own a Walther PPK and it does have an ambi paddle style mag release. The mag release wasn't why I bought the gun but after you get used to it, it's pretty cool.
__________________
"He who laughs last, laughs dead." Homer Simpson
Kreyzhorse is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 06:32 PM   #13
JohnKSa
Staff
 
Join Date: February 12, 2001
Location: DFW Area
Posts: 18,218
The STI GP6 is fully ambidextrous.
__________________
Did you know that there is a TEXAS State Rifle Association?
JohnKSa is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 08:48 PM   #14
dontcatchmany
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 19, 2010
Posts: 127
Lefty here also.

Totally ambidextrous (safety, slide release, mag release): FNH FNX 9, 40, 45 and Bersa Thunder 9/40/45 Ultra Compact Pro. I have the Bersa 9 and the FNX 40....both exceptional guns.

There are others that have reversible mag releases and/or a safety on the right side or some combination therein. Ruger SR (I have the sr22), Walther makes some subset.

I also have a Sig Sauer P938 that has an ambi safety and I think the mag release reverses, but have not tried it as yet.

Good luck....and then you will have the challenge of left handed holsters
dontcatchmany is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 08:58 PM   #15
ClydeFrog
Junior member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2010
Posts: 5,798
Walther P5 9x19mm ....

To my knowledge, the out of production P5 semi-auto ejects spent cases to the left, .
The P5 9mm is the only pistol Im aware of that does it.
The MA-1, CA-1, SA-1 are the polymer frame pistols I was thinking of.
ClydeFrog is offline  
Old August 18, 2013, 10:21 PM   #16
Worc
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 24, 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 129
It's not ambidextrous if only some of the controls are on both sides or can be moved to either side.

Fully ambidextrous models that I know of are the the FNH's FNX & FNX, HK's P2000 & P-30, Ruger SR's, Walther PPQ M1.

There are several other models that have slide release levers/buttons on both sides and reversible mag release buttons. That would include the Sig P250.
Worc is offline  
Old August 19, 2013, 12:20 PM   #17
WIL TERRY
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 6, 2000
Location: BLACK HILLS
Posts: 1,120
DID ANYONE mention the CZ85 COMBAT with it's totally " ambisextrous " controls. It is a DOOZY in that while shooting left handed I run the controls with my right hand; Amazingly good. Even vise versa. I am a southpaw who can shoot with either hand equally well to the point I shoot with either hand and never think about it before hand. BUT, my right hand tires much more quickly than my left hand.
An old pal of mine could not, NOT, pronounce the word ABIDEXTROUS. It came out as I wrote it above.....
And so it goes...
WIL TERRY is offline  
Old August 19, 2013, 12:22 PM   #18
Constantine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 5, 2010
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 5,164
Walther PPQ..That's why I gave it to my good friend who's a left as a gift for his first gun. I didn't like that darn thing anyways.

Anyways, that's an all ambidextrous gun.
__________________
Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen
Constantine is offline  
Old August 19, 2013, 12:45 PM   #19
kcub
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 24, 2010
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 1,994
I love my navy ppq and I'm a lefty. Awesome trigger in my opinion. Awesome accuracy for a combat gun.
kcub is offline  
Old August 19, 2013, 01:03 PM   #20
Constantine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 5, 2010
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 5,164
Quote:
combat gun

Oh no...not this again..
__________________
Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen
Constantine is offline  
Old August 20, 2013, 10:20 PM   #21
PP99
Member
 
Join Date: August 16, 2013
Posts: 37
Some P99 equipped with Defense Kit are ambidextrous.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg gen-1-2-3-9mm.jpg (128.8 KB, 12 views)
PP99 is offline  
Old August 20, 2013, 10:51 PM   #22
skoal3
Member
 
Join Date: July 9, 2013
Posts: 27
I know its already been mentioned but Beretta PX4 Storm compact. I love mine. Great gun for the price, for me anyway, I am the most accurate with it out of all my other pistols. It just seems to be a perfect fit. I'm not left handed but it has all the controls on both sides.
skoal3 is offline  
Old August 21, 2013, 08:40 AM   #23
Fishbed77
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 23, 2010
Posts: 2,614
-Walther PPQ

-Late model Walther P99AS (sometimes sold as "Defense Kit")
Fishbed77 is offline  
Old August 21, 2013, 08:49 AM   #24
Walt Sherrill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 15, 1999
Location: Winston-Salem, NC USA
Posts: 4,319
The CZ-85B and 85 Combat aren't really FULLY ambidextrous -- the mag release isn't reversible. For most left-handers, however, that (the lack of reversible mag release) isn't a show stopper. These models do have ambi-slide releases and safeties.

The newer CZs (poly-framed P-07, P-09) and many of the alloy-framed compact models have ambidextrous features, including reversible mag releases. The SAO and stainless models, have ambi-safeties. (The stainless models also have reversible mag releases.)

Last edited by Walt Sherrill; August 21, 2013 at 02:41 PM.
Walt Sherrill is offline  
Old August 21, 2013, 01:59 PM   #25
Fishbed77
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 23, 2010
Posts: 2,614
Quote:
Walther PPQ, PPX, P88/P88 compact(out of production) P99(out of production/used)
The P99 is very much IN PRODUCTION, and as mentioned earlier, is available in an ambidextrous configuration.

http://www.waltherarms.com/products/handguns/p99/
Fishbed77 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.13077 seconds with 10 queries