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Curse left-handedness!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ali9cg8, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Abel

    Abel Senior Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Eastern CONUS
    Why would you need to alter it in any way? What is wrong with the scope the way it is?? Is it mounted off to one side?
  2. BruceB

    BruceB Active Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Now, CB900....

    You are perfectly entitled to your opinion on what might be "the fastest" left-hand operation of a right-handed bolt.

    Others, including myself, will differ.

    All the shifting of hand positions is unnecessary.

    My rifle doesn't leave the left shoulder, nor does the right hand leave its firing position on the fore-end.

    Instead, the rifle is simply rolled a bit to the left which brings the bolt-handle to a more-convenient location. The LEFT hand reaches across and hooks the handle with the side of the open palm, raises it and pulls to the rear in one motion, and then pushes it closed with one motion of the same open-hand. The handle is NEVER "grasped" and all manipulation is done with the open hand.

    This was the "official" or "approved" Canadian Army method that was taught for the .303 #4 Enfield Rifle, and it's served me very well for decades. Interestingly, they never did try converting we southpaws into firing right-handed. Mind you, the Lee Enfield rifles are very accomodating to left-handers, with rear-mounted bolt handles and VERY smooth actions.

    One of the "Tests of Training" (i.e.: Did you LEARN what we've been teaching you???) was this:

    -Standing on the firing point, go to prone on the "FIRE" command.

    -Load ten rounds from chargers

    -Fire all ten rounds for a MINIMUM REQUIRED SCORE at 200 yards in a total elapsed time of 45 seconds.

    That is, 45 seconds to assume the firing position, load the rifle, and fire a ten-round qualifying score.

    It wasn't all that difficult, even left-handed.

    I do believe those WWll and Korean combat-vet instructors knew a thing or two...
  3. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Curse left-handedness??
    You know I never looked at being left handed as a curse. It taught me to learn how too use things like tools and pistols/rifles with both hands. I grew up in a time where everything but a baseball glove was made for right handed people. It definitely made us more ambidextrous than most people. About the only thing I can't do right handed is write and throw a ball.
  4. CB900F

    CB900F Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2003

    Re-read my post. The word "grasp" was never (gasp!) used.

  5. dak0ta

    dak0ta Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2008
    I'm left-handed by right-eye dominant. I see straighter through my left eye so I switched over to the right side. It took about 8 months to feel comfortable doing it, but you just practice picking up the rifle/shotgun and shoulder it on the right shoulder till it feels natural. I can now shoot with both eyes open too which is great. I practice standing, prone, and kneeling with snap caps to get the muscle strength and muscle memory programmed in the brain. Now it's second nature.

    The positive is that I can still shoot left handed with my left eye, so I'm now trained ambidextrous.
  6. palmettokat

    palmettokat New Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    South Carolina
    I have always shot long guns left handed and done so with guns make for right handed people. Looking now for left handed bolt rifle and the hunt is hard. Some companies seem not to realize there are many left handed shooters. Having learned to shoot with a single shot bolt action 22 did fine with that but would never consider high power right hand bolt for myself. Funny with handgun normally shoot it right handed due to easy to wear right hand holster toting long gun in left hand ready to use in hurry. (Shoot hand gun equally poor with either hand.)

    My suggestion get what feels most comfortable to you. Even if it takes just a split second to use the second best set up you never know when you may not have that split second. You don't need to have to stop and think but it to be fully natural. I am right eye dominate, but not to the degree it bothers me.

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