Left handed revolvers?


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drf
November 15, 2004, 06:03 PM
I have never seen one, do they exist???drf

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Jim Watson
November 15, 2004, 06:15 PM
Yes.
There is an outfit making high dollar mirror image single actions.
There have been a few DA revolvers whose cylinders swung out to the right. I guess so you could sheathe your sabre and reload the revolver without taking it out of your left hand. The French Mdle 92 is the best example I know of.

Sean85746
November 15, 2004, 06:47 PM
If you think about it...the SAA is a lefty revolver. This occurred to me while watching my best friend, who is a lefty, load his Model P.

Everything on it is set up to be most efficiently manipulated by a southpaw. The loading gate, and the ejector rod...all look like they are best operated from the left hand grasping the handle, and the right hand, in this case the weak hand, operating the loading gate and ejector.

You wouldn't have to switch hands of you were a lefty, or is the gun were reversed. So, one could say that The SAA, and all the loading gated six guns that came after were left handed guns. That even includes modern Rugers and Colt clones.

Carry this to an extreme, and the first cap & ball revolvers were ambi guns, and they were followed by the break top Smith & Wessons.

Kind of makes you wonder if Old Sam Colt might not have been a lefty?????

'Nuff said?

Majic
November 15, 2004, 07:44 PM
The Colt single actions are set up for left handed shooters as ol Col. Colt himself was left handed.

Jim Watson
November 15, 2004, 09:03 PM
Sam Colt died in 1862 and therefore had little to do with the design of the 1873 SAA.

MrMurphy
November 15, 2004, 09:12 PM
The 1873 Colt SAA is set to be held in the left hand and loaded with the right. It was primarily a cavalry pistol at first. Cavalrymen hold the reins with their left hand and shoot/saber with their right. To reload, they would transfer the gun to their left hand, flip open the loading gate on the right, eject all the empties and reload with the right hand, the left supporting the gun, aiming the horse and turning the cylinder.

This is also the highest likelihood of why the French M1892 has a right-opening cylinder, as in 1892, cavalry were still viable as a combat arm.


Sam Colt died in the middle of the Civil War, and had nothing much to do with the SAA's design.

Standing Wolf
November 15, 2004, 09:31 PM
Kind of makes you wonder if Old Sam Colt might not have been a lefty?????

He was, indeed, left-handed.

Majic
November 16, 2004, 01:33 AM
Sam Colt died in 1862 and therefore had little to do with the design of the 1873 SAA.
Note that I said Colt single actions and not the Single Action Army. The Pattersons, Walkers, Dragoons, 1851 Navies, and 1860 Armies are all designed the same way. A cut out on the right side of the frame for charging the nipple. That was carried over into the SAA design.

Jim Watson
November 16, 2004, 09:01 AM
I go by the Ayoob policy on that. I want the big piece, the gun, in my weak hand; and the little piece, the cartridge or cap in my strong hand. A matter of dexterity and not dropping important stuff under stress. Maybe a good medium or spirit guide could help with Sam Colt's opinion on the subject.

drf
November 16, 2004, 07:54 PM
If Sam Colt died in the 1800s who designed the 1911 semiauto?
Was that his son?drf

Dr.Who
November 16, 2004, 08:20 PM
I believe John Moses Browning designed the 1911 along with many other pieces. Colt made it...

Bart Noir
November 16, 2004, 10:25 PM
Back off, everybody. Put down the sharpened wit and vitriolic responses. Our friend drf asked a question fairly and deserves a fair response.

woo, that was a close one, drf. You tread on some toes with that last question. Our almost be-sainted John Browning, finest gun designer ever, in any country, was the designer for many guns produced under the Colt, Winchester, and Browning names. Some of us still expect that written evidence will surface giving him credit for the basis of the Kalashnikov. Where is Dan Rather when you really need him?

Bart Noir

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