I got a good deal on a Bushmaster m4a2. Being a lefty, what changes can I make to the rifle to make it fit my shooting left handed? Shell deflector? Anything else that would help? Thanks for your help!:)
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September 30, 2007, 09:41 PM
you don't need anything. ar15 is very ergonomic for lefties. i'd leave it alone. i've probably shot 15-20k rounds left handed and not a single ejected case has ever hit me.
if you must use a 3-point sling, be careful not to cover the ejection port with the sling. i shoot with a 3-point sling and it's never happened to me, but I'm told it can cause a malf.
September 30, 2007, 10:49 PM
Stag makes true lefty AR stuff.
You could install your Bushy barrel, FSB, handguard etc parts in a Stag lefty receiver, Buy the lefty specific parts from Stag and have a true lefty AR.
Sell off the Bushy receiver and righty parts to recover some money.
I think? you would need a lefty receiver, BCG, ambi-safety and the ejection port parts.
Just a thought
Update, maybe sell your Bushy upper and use the proceeds to buy a Stag lefty Upper.
September 30, 2007, 10:54 PM
If you don't want to do that Stag thing, add a Norgon ambidextrious magazine catch for about $80.00 and an ambidextrious safety lever for about $25.00
The built in deflector on the A2 uppers works well enough but you could add a detachable shell bag for about $30.00 too.
October 1, 2007, 12:13 PM
I shoot AR left handed as well. I haven't changed anything on mine. Ambi safety lever would be handy though. Never been hit with an ejected case.
October 1, 2007, 12:21 PM
The only truly necessary item is the case deflector. Anything else is optional.
October 1, 2007, 12:29 PM
applekev, I too am a southpaw and I too own a few ar-15s. I like the AR-15 BECAUSE IT IS PERFECTLY AMBIDEXTROUS OUT OF THE BOX.
I shoot from prone, bench and standing with my ar-15. I find absolutely no problem with shell casings or anything of that nature. I really don't even know what a shell deflector is, but if it's got the ability to put your brass in a neat pile, I'll take 3 of them, one for each AR I own. I have, however, shot a bull pup design ar-15 and found it to be horrible for lefties.
I'd be careful about shooting a bolt action rifle left handed, but the AR is perfect for lefties.
October 1, 2007, 12:31 PM
i do ok with the regular safety, but i will admit that the new ambi latch for the charging handle has piqued my interest. currently, i have it filed in "Doodads, More things to reduce reliability"
October 1, 2007, 03:36 PM
Never have a problem with my middy. I did order ambi mag catch and safety also.