View Full Version : shooting an AK left handed

September 23, 2010, 09:23 PM
I have never fired an AK type rifle. I am left handed...does it spit the casings into your forehead if you are left handed?

September 23, 2010, 09:52 PM
I would also be curious about getting gas in the face, but I think they are piston.

September 23, 2010, 10:24 PM
It's not to bad, no bass in the face but i'd wear glasses.

chris in va
September 23, 2010, 10:44 PM
My Saiga 'conversion' throws brass well off to the right, pretty much perpendicular to the gun. I'd be more concerned about the reciprocating bolt handle.

September 24, 2010, 12:48 AM
I'm left-handed, and shoot left handed. Had several AK's, in 5.45x39 and 7.62x39... and if you count the PSL as an AK, in 7.62x54R as well. Never had any trouble at all with getting hit with spent casings, or gas, or the charging handle. Just isn't an issue.

I dunno if they were concerned about left-handed people or not when they designed the AK, but it's actually a pretty lefty-friendly gun. The mag release is fully accessible to either hand, and it's quite convenient to work the charging handle with the right hand while holding onto the pistol grip with the left.

September 24, 2010, 04:30 AM
the only auto that kept hitting me with the cases was a m-60 fired from the prone postion in vn, i shoot left handed and never had a problem with any sem-auto firearm. eastbank.

Nowhere Man
September 24, 2010, 07:24 AM
Another lefty/Wasr-10 shooter here. No problems at all.


September 24, 2010, 07:36 AM
I'm a lefty and have never been hit in the face. I have had hot brass land on my right arm, but otherwise no major issues.

It is a little disconcerting to see the brass fly in front of your face, but you get used to it.

September 24, 2010, 08:26 PM
I'm a righty that shoots left handed (i'm left-eye dominant) My Ak has never hit me in the face with gas or brass. I think you'll be just fine.

September 24, 2010, 08:43 PM
I'm a lefty, and have never has any problem with eith the AK-47 or AK-74.

September 24, 2010, 09:16 PM
My AKs throw brass forward about a 45 degree angle. I actually think shooting an Ak lefty is better because you can manipulate the safety and charging handle without taking your hand off the grip or reaching across the gun.