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Suggestions for a lefty (plus one more question)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HvReagan, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. HvReagan

    HvReagan Member

    I'm mainly looking for a list of ambidextrous handguns. I know lots of guns that have an ambi mag release, but not too many with an ambi slide release. (Or even just a movable slide release :D) I've picked up plenty of guns, and have no objections to "slingshotting" the slide, but it'd be nice to feel normal for a change. :p

    I've done a fair bit of research on it, but my next question is a little odd. I am a fan of striker-fired, and I'm a fan on double action/single action. For the life of me, the only two guns I can find that are both da/sa AND striker fired are the P99 and SW99. Maybe I'm just looking in all the wrong places, but I thought it'd be better to ask a community much more knowledgeable than I am. Who can point me to a striker-fired, da/sa handgun? Thanks in advance guys.
  2. sota

    sota Well-Known Member

    Striker fired? none I know of.
    if you want a laundry list of ambi pistols though, you want HK.

    (although rumor has it HK might introduce a striker-fired P30 variant soon. I don't hold much on to rumors though.)
  3. decoy562

    decoy562 Well-Known Member

    I'm a lefty and carry either a Beretta Nano or a Ruger LCP since neither have safeties. Both are DAO though. The Nano is striker fired.
  4. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    The H&Ks have always been very ambi-friendly, but they either have a hammer (P30, P2000,USP) or they aren't DA/SA (P7)
  5. tommy.duncan

    tommy.duncan Well-Known Member

    You should look into the FN FNX or the FNS. These both have ambi safety, slide release, and mag release. You have the high capacity ability in 9, 40, and 45 caliber choices too. The FNS is a striker fire pistol and the FNX has a hammer for DA/SA operation. They work for me because my wife is a lefty too.
  6. HvReagan

    HvReagan Member

    Hm. Seems like there really aren't many firearms out there like the P99. Now I must ask. Is there something wrong with the striker fired da/sa model?
  7. ScarLata

    ScarLata Well-Known Member

    Like this one?
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013
  8. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    No not really, but I would guess that you don't see many striker fired DA/SA handguns because you might want to be able to see the hammer (to see if it's cocked) and manipulate the hammer (to manually cock or decock). Which is why DA/SA handguns generally have exposed and serrated or checkered hammers while DAO versions of the same guns often have smaller bobbed hammers that cannot be manipulated.
  9. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Smith and Wesson M&P....
  10. HvReagan

    HvReagan Member

    Yes, it's ambi, yes it's striker fired, but it's not da/sa. Thanks for your input though!
  11. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I couldn't tell from your original post whether you were interested in striker-ford pistols or not. I'll keep thinking ;)
  12. HvReagan

    HvReagan Member

    Yeah, I'm not so good at staying on topic. Even if it is my own!
  13. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    I am a lefty. My only qualifier on a carry gun is that if it has a safety, it needs to be accessible to my left thumb. Magazine releases and slide releases don't concern me.

    CZ 85 has an ambi slide release and safety. I think you can move the mag release over.

    The Beretta 92 has an ambi safety and the mag release is movable.
  14. HvReagan

    HvReagan Member

    That looks like a PPQ! I've been thinking about one for quite some time now.
  15. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    Doesn't fit your criteria exactly, but I too am a big fan of the FNS series. I prefer to shoot left handed even though I can shoot with both, and my FNS-40 has been a dream. That said, half the time I use it like I use all my other right handed guns (hitting the mag release with my trigger finger and sling shotting the slide). However, it's nice to have a gun built for my natural southpawness:evil:
  16. ScarLata

    ScarLata Well-Known Member

    It's a P99

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  17. HvReagan

    HvReagan Member

    Oh wow. I'm embarassed to say that I didn't look closely enough at the trigger. (PPQ has the glock style trigger) I know the ambi slide release P99 exists, but I've never seen one for sale online, much less in person.
  18. 5-SHOTS

    5-SHOTS Well-Known Member

    List of full ambi 9mm pistols:
    HK P30;
    HK P2000;
    Walther P99 AS (called the AM version);
    Walther PPQ (called the AM version);
    Grand Power K100;
    Zastava EZ9/CZ999 Scorpion.

    List of semi-ambi 9mm pistols (ambi controls with reversible magazine release):
    S&W M&P9;
    Baretta Px4 Compact;
    SIG-Sauer P250;
    CZ 85B.

    At this moment I can't recall other pistols to add to the lists.

    I'm 99% sure it's an european market-only version, which is a real shame: it could be a best seller in the USA. I own one (mine is what Walther calls the PS, AM, LM version) and I love it. My father has the P30 and I love it also. For me between the two is a tie match.
    Two reviews I made for these guns:
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013
  19. Gunner58

    Gunner58 Member

    Bersa Thunder Pro 9. Either the High capacity (17 rnd) or Ultra Compact models. I believe they also come in .45 caliber. Fully ambi.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013
  20. DanTheFarmer

    DanTheFarmer Well-Known Member

    Yes, the Bersa line does include a compact 45 ACP with ambi slide release, ambi safety/decocker, and reversible mag release button.

    I have all three and like them. They've been reliable, they fit my hand well, and I like the layout of the controls. Bersa also sells a 40 S&W in a frame size similar to the full sized (17 round) 9mm.

    One note: The 9mm Ultra Compact is not a particularly small pistol. Think of it as a compact version of the Ultra pistol not an ultra compact version of a full sized pistol. I think something may have gotten misplaced in the Spanish to English word choices (Bersas are from Argentina). It's a great pistol but you won't mistake it for an LC-9!

    Good Luck.


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