Best Lefty Pistol (9mm)


December 19, 2008, 03:44 PM
I have a friend who is new to firearms and he and his wife want a home defense pistol. They are both lefties and he is gone working most of the time so it has to be a cartridge she can handle as well (9mm). Also has to have ambi controls ie: mag release and safeties if applicable. I'm not a lefty so I couldnt think of a better way to help them than asking fellow Lefty High Roaders. I did suggest an XDM in 9mm, it has ambi mag release and changeable backstraps for her smaller hands.


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December 19, 2008, 03:46 PM
H&k p7m8

The Lone Haranguer
December 19, 2008, 04:16 PM
If you choose a gun with a manual safety, you pretty much need an ambi safety. Magazine releases and most slide stops can be operated as easily - sometimes more easily - with the trigger or second finger.

The S&W M&P pistols have an ambi slide stop, reversible magazine release and ambi manual safety (on those models equipped with them).

December 19, 2008, 05:59 PM
I'm a lefty, and I have several handguns that feel pretty good to me. An ambi safety or decocker is all that is really necessary. My Ruger has an ambi mag release, but I almost always use my trigger finger to release the magazine anyway. It feels just as intuitive as using my thumb to me.

December 19, 2008, 06:07 PM
been a lefty for 65 years and the kahr PM9 will please any lefty, no safety's to mess with, slide lock and slide release are perfect for me also. My left index finger can do it all with ease. No chanc eeither of accidently bumping the slide lock lever or hitting the magazine release either..

Marcus L.
December 19, 2008, 06:09 PM
If you want all the controls to be ambi, then you'll need to go with H&K. The newer HK P30 meets that requirement. It has both an ambi slide release and magazine release. The decocker is also easy for a left to access since it is near the hammer. The H&K P7 costs double that of the P30 and doesn't offer any improvements over it. In my opinion, the P7 is more detriment than benefit.

If they don't mind using their index finder to push a traditional style magazine release, also look into the S&W M&P series which has an ambi slide release. The magazine release can be switch to the lefty side if they prefer to use the thumb.

December 19, 2008, 06:39 PM
I'd agree with Marcus, HK does a good job making the majority of their guns easy to use with either hand.
Aren't the FN handguns fairly well ambi as well? I do believe there is also a CZ 9mm version of the 75B made specifically for southpaws.

December 19, 2008, 06:48 PM
From what you say about your friends, it sounds like they need a revolver. orchidhunter

December 19, 2008, 06:58 PM
CZ 85 Combat is ambi version(safety, slide stop, not sure about mag release) of the 75B. My CZ SP01 has an ambi decocker, and the slide stop is big enough where I can manipulate it with my trigger finger.
And since I have a few other semis that dont have ambi mag release, Ive pretty much trained myself to use my middle or trigger finger anyway.

December 19, 2008, 09:29 PM
Im right handed although being a firearms instructor I learned a little thing that might help you make a quick decision. If you really want to put an autoloader through a reliability test, just limp wrist it left handed. Do this with a few different autos might really help you make your choice. I know your not suppose to limp wrist, although face it, this is not a perfect world and you never know what your going to need until you really need it.

December 20, 2008, 07:39 AM
Lefty here and the XD series works for me just fine. I have not had a opportunity with an XDM yet.

December 20, 2008, 08:21 AM
One other thing to consider. I don't think that being right handed vs. left handed is as important as determining which eye is dominant. I am a lefty, but right eye dominant, so when learning to shoot, I learned to shoot "righty".
Our son is a righty but left eye dominant, so he shoots lefty. Just something to consider if it hasn't already been determined.

December 20, 2008, 08:46 AM
Most of the new polymer nines seem to have ambi controls or at least reversible mag catches. They are also very soft shooting. I recently bought a P7 PSP which is also completely neutral. The Manual of arms is exactly the same right or left handed. The squeeze cocker is also a very safe setup. My personal choice would be the P7 of the M&P.

December 20, 2008, 08:49 AM
My very first thought was the P7M8 as well. Very instinctive manual of arms (squeeze as gripping and you're ready to fire) and it's got a ambi mag release. Easy to shoot and very accurate.

December 20, 2008, 10:30 AM
I recommended the PSP. The M8 is way too expensive and I can't stand the push down mag releases. The PSP has a very good heel release that works fine and a slimmer grip than the M8 which might be more appropriate for a woman. The M&P might be even better for the OPs purpose though. The slide release is ambi and the mag catch is reversible. Its soft shooting and very accurate.

December 20, 2008, 12:50 PM
This is why I like Glocks.

December 20, 2008, 02:08 PM
The Bersa Thunder 9 has ambi slidestop and safety levers. Mag release is reversible.

December 20, 2008, 02:11 PM
Walther P5; even left hand eject if you want that.

December 20, 2008, 02:23 PM
I commented earlier that the XDs work fine for me but the truth is being left handed has been less of an issue with any "right hand" auto than it is wheelguns for me. About the only autos I dislike are the ones set up with a right hand decocker and even that is not insurmountable. I've used them but I don't buy decocker fitted pistols.

December 20, 2008, 02:34 PM
All the handicapped um... I mean, lefty folks :p that I know prefer revolvers or 1911s.

December 20, 2008, 04:36 PM
got one of them too :o

December 20, 2008, 06:15 PM
glocks, 1911's with ambi safety, Sig, H&K, revolvers....or find a LH Randall

December 21, 2008, 08:59 AM
I have found Glock's square mag release to be a PITA for trigger finger use, especially in speed drills.

Usually it's a righty recommending Glocks for southpaws so beware.;)

December 21, 2008, 02:06 PM
Since the gun needs to be both ambi and suitable for both genders, I would argue that the Smith & Wesson M&P is the best choice. With ALL of the controls on both sides of the gun AND three grip sizes, the M&P 9 would be a perfect choice. Very high capacity, reliable, ambi and adjustable.

December 21, 2008, 03:26 PM
FN P-series pistols are reported to be great. The backstrap is interchangeable, ambi decocker-safety, ambi slide release, ambi mag release, stainless slide, replaceable slide rails (great for poly frame pistol!), made in USA (if that matters to you). If the 9 is anywhere near as accurate as the 45, it should be an excellent choice.

December 21, 2008, 08:33 PM
I have had both the Xd9 and M&P9. I definitely preferred and kept the Xd9. It is about as ambidestrous as you'll need. Slide stop/release is the only thing non ambi but its a very minor inconvenience as you can just slingshot the slide when chambering.

The M&P 9s trigger pull just wasn't doing it for me but it does have an ambi slide release.

December 21, 2008, 08:49 PM
You will find most pistols, while "known" to be right handed, are actually left handed guns.

For example, the AK-47 is a left handed gun. SIGs are also left handed guns.

A magazine release on the left side is easy for a left handed shooter to use...just use your index finger.

December 21, 2008, 09:55 PM
S&W 6906 , has an ambi safety & decocker if you need it . The CZ 85 is ambi for C&L with the safety , no decocker.

December 21, 2008, 10:48 PM
M&P9 or M&P9c

Made for either hand and easily changed mag release.

December 21, 2008, 10:55 PM
Beretta Px4?

December 21, 2008, 11:46 PM
Probably the standard P7 with the bottom magazine release.

December 22, 2008, 12:41 AM
Being a left handed shoorter, I prefer the M&P series. Just use your index finger for the mag release. Works wonderfully.

December 22, 2008, 04:16 AM
Took he and his wife to a dealer today, they both really liked the XDM9mm, M&P 9mm, and FNP 9mm. The XDM was too much for them ($649 WOW!) and the only reason why they chose the FNP 9mm over the M&P was because it was a TRUE ambi pistol with ambi safety/decocker, mag release, and slide release. They also liked that the grips could be changed and that it came with three mags not having to send off a rebate to get two extra mags like the M&P. It was also cheaper :). The FN was $499 and the M&P was $539.

We left and went straight to the range and immediately they knew they made the right choice after firing two mags. She was able to get about 3" group from 10 yards (not bad for a 1st time shooter!) and he was bulls-eying everything. I was quite impressed for two new shooters and after I fired off a mag I was also impressed with the FNP. I dont own one but I may real soon! THIS GUN IS A SHOOTER plain and simple. I have encouraged them to take a handgun self defense class and shoot as much as often. I feel good to know I have helped arm law abiding citizens and aid them in making a decision in buying a pistol that best fits them. Thank you all for the suggestions.


December 22, 2008, 12:35 PM
It's about time the FNP gets some love. Now I need enough money for that FNP 45

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