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Old November 21, 2022, 05:04 AM   #1
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10mm for leftys

I am looking into jumping into 10mm. Unfortunately I am left handed, and my hands are small.

Are there any ambi 10mms with a reasonable grip size?

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Old November 21, 2022, 06:59 AM   #2
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A 1911 pattern pistol with slim grip panels is about as small as you'll find.
The 10mm cartridge requires a large frame, so in any product line, the 10 will be on the large side.
How much left-handedness do you need? On a gun without a manual safety, it's generally easy to adapt to the controls being located for righties; use your trigger finger on the mag release, slingshot the slide to avoid the slide release, etc.
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Old November 21, 2022, 07:25 PM   #3
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A 1911 pattern pistol with slim grip panels is about as small as you'll find.
The 10mm cartridge requires a large frame, so in any product line, the 10 will be on the large side.
How much left-handedness do you need? On a gun without a manual safety, it's generally easy to adapt to the controls being located for righties; use your trigger finger on the mag release, slingshot the slide to avoid the slide release, etc.
It's not as much need as a why not type thing. I am left handed and it doesn't make sense to me to buy a firearm that doesn't have the controls setup properly for me.

I have tried(albeit breifly) operating a 1911 as you say and I didn't find it to be very efficient for me.

Generally speaking, I am trying to avoid something with a manual safety as well. None of my other handguns have them.

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Old November 21, 2022, 07:50 PM   #4
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Why not, because you're limiting yourself to whatever one or two guns are geared for lefties.
EAA Witness feels pretty good in the hand, but the reach to the DA trigger is long.
You really want the mag release on the left side; easy reach, and if your finger is doing that, it's not as likely to wander into the trigger guard.
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Old November 21, 2022, 08:24 PM   #5
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Why not, because you're limiting yourself to whatever one or two guns are geared for lefties.

EAA Witness feels pretty good in the hand, but the reach to the DA trigger is long.

You really want the mag release on the left side; easy reach, and if your finger is doing that, it's not as likely to wander into the trigger guard.
I understand your idea. The problem is that I am small handed too and my trigger finger can't physically reach the slide stop on something like a 1911.

Witness would be a no go for me for the reasons you mentioned. I used to own a CZ-85 but that was 9mm so the frame was smaller. Reaching the trigger in DA was barely doable.

I know the Glock 10mms are mostly ambi.

Smith M&P 10mm maybe?

Other than that idk, and not sure about size.

I know there's only so small you can go due to the size of the cartridge.

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Old November 21, 2022, 08:53 PM   #6
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Sig’s 10mm DA/SA P220 is about as ambi as you can get, as are all the P-series guns really.

Sig discontinued the 10mm Match Elite model which I have, but the 10mm DA/SA Legion model is still around.

Be advised, however, that the loaded weight of a 10mm P220 (8+1) is 50+ounces (3.1lbs).

So a gym membership is indicated if you plan to carry it.
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Old November 21, 2022, 08:55 PM   #7
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Glock 20 is a big gun.
It's the only Glock with which I have much familiarity; does Glock make a single stack 10mm?
That might be something to look into.
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Old November 21, 2022, 09:29 PM   #8
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The XDm Elite 10mm will be your best bet as far as a full ambi 10mm.
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Old November 21, 2022, 11:08 PM   #9
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As a fellow lefty, I applaud your resolve, HJ.

I'm not into the 10mm round, but I won't buy another pistol that isn't ambidextrous.

Good luck with your search.
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Old November 22, 2022, 12:54 AM   #10
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Glock G29SF [gen 3] feels more controllable than the standard 29. Gen 4 uses the SF frame size.

Still a bit larger than I'd prefer, but manageable.

Just a thought. Still ejects to the right, so Isosceles shooting position would be best to avoid ejection into face/head.
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Glock G29SF [gen 3] feels more controllable than the standard 29. Gen 4 uses the SF frame size.



Still a bit larger than I'd prefer, but manageable.



Just a thought. Still ejects to the right, so Isosceles shooting position would be best to avoid ejection into face/head.
I'll give that some thought. I haven't ever had any issues with getting hit with brass shooting rifles or handguns.

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Old November 22, 2022, 10:04 AM   #12
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SIG P320 in 10mm is fairly ambidextrous, though you will want to check if the grip size works for you.


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Old November 23, 2022, 12:25 AM   #13
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SIG P320 in 10mm is fairly ambidextrous, though you will want to check if the grip size works for you.


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I forgot they made the P320 in 10mm. Thanks for the suggestion! I will give it a try.

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Old December 29, 2022, 10:36 PM   #14
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P320 X-Ten ... all controls are flippable.

https://www.sigsauer.com/p320-xten.html
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Old December 29, 2022, 11:58 PM   #15
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Try an M&P10. I have small hands and it works well for me.

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Old December 30, 2022, 01:28 PM   #16
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P320 X-Ten ... all controls are flippable.

https://www.sigsauer.com/p320-xten.html
I was going to recommend this if someone else hadn't for the same reasons
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Old December 30, 2022, 05:57 PM   #17
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+1 for the xdm elite and compact. I have a compact 3.8 in 45(same size as the 10mm). Comes with backstraps and can be had optic ready.
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Old December 30, 2022, 06:10 PM   #18
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The XDm Elite 10mm will be your best bet as far as a full ambi 10mm.
Worth a look. A friend's XD .45 is comfortable in my medium-small hand and I figure the 10mm is on the same frame size.
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Old January 2, 2023, 01:41 PM   #19
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Well, both of these are chambered in 10mm.
And some would argue they are better set up for a lefty.

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Old January 2, 2023, 02:19 PM   #20
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The Smith M&P comes with 3 or 4 different grip inserts. The smallest is pretty small. They also offer a version with, and without a thumb safety. The safety is ambidextrous. This is my choice.
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Old January 2, 2023, 02:31 PM   #21
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HiPoint just released a 10mm. I'm sure the grip won't be small.
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