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Any left handers shoot a Sig?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by batex, Apr 2, 2012.

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  1. batex

    batex Member

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    I'm interested in a Sig 226 and am left handed. I've read on various sights that the controls on a Sig 226 and other similar models are not left-handed friendly. I've never shot a Sig. So, are Sigs really unfriendly to left handers? Are there any models of Sig 226's that are more left handed friendly? I'm particularly interested in the new Mk25 Navy 226 model.

    By the way, I'm not new to shooting. I own a few dozen handguns including S&W M&Ps, XDm, numerous 1911's, HKP7, Kahr, Ruger LCP, Browning Hi-Power with ambi, and lots of S&W revolvers. With 1911's I've had to add ambi safeties, but they work fine.

    Any info appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hAkron

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    I am a lefty and I shoot a 229. Sigs have a decocker, so it's not like a safety you have to mess with in a tense situation. You load it at home, decock it, then put it in your holster. Its not like you have to do a tactical de-cock during a self defense situation. Slide release is righty only and tougher than most guns to hit with your index finger, but slingshot works as well as any other gun.
     
  3. Inebriated

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    hAkron got it... Decocker is used at home, so no need to worry about it. Mag release is easy enough to press with your left index finger, or you could just reverse it, but make sure you know what you're doing, as I've heard it is out of the user's hands (as in you'll have to send it back to Sig) if you do it wrong. And if you practice racking the slide by hand, instead of using the slide release, you'll be covered for virtually any auto you'd likely ever pick up.

    So I would say a P226 wouldn't be at all uncomfortable to run as a lefty.
     
  4. Aikibiker

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    I am a lefty and have carried a Sig P226. I found I was able to use the decock lever with my index finger and hit the magazine release with my middle finger. I just used the sling shot method to release the slide since that is my default on all semiauto pistols.

    I think it will depend on your hands whether the Sig will work for you. Try going down to the local gunshop and playing around with a couple different models to see if your hands will reach the controls. Remember Sig has a couple different models of P226 all with different grips so if you cannot use one P226 try one of the others.

    That said I found the Sig to be a reliable and accurate pistol that could withstand a lot of abuse and keep on working. I carried them in Iraq working for a security company, the pistols were passed around among every one on both shifts so they were pretty beaten up, but every time I took one to the range it just kept shooting and putting the rounds where I was aiming.
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

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    Sig P220 here. I use my left index finger to decock and drop the magazine. I had switched it to left hand magazine release but found it easier to use the left forefinger.
     
  6. 9mmepiphany

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    Have had lefties in several SIG -centric classes. Neither the magazine release nor the de-cocker are a problem as they are easily reached with the index finger. We taught releasing the slide with an overhand grip, but applying the slide stop does require some practice (we teach using the support hand)
     
  7. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    I don't know about you but I don't really think I would want to reholster a cocked weapon that isn't supposed to be carried like that.
     
  8. click clack

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    Im a lefty but I shoot right handed ;) So I guess I'm of no help.. Good luck though!
     
  9. Inebriated

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    Of course not, but my point really is just that unlike magazine changes and slide manipulation, decocking will not be done in any stressful manner. If you had to use your weapon, decocking would be when all is said and done. So I was just saying that the left-side decocker isn't much of an issue.
     
  10. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Good point.
     
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    Another Lefty here. I haven't liked any Sig I've shot. Can't recall which control it is, but one of them on the left side rubs against the top of my trigger finger and I find it uncomfortable. Another general problem I have with them is that they're a bit top heavy. Every time I go to shoot one, I find myself staring at the back of the trigger, not the sights. I'm sure practice would fix that, but I just don't like them well-enough to get one.
     
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    Southpaw sig user, I had the mag release swapped to the other side for left handed use, the rest of the controls i don't know if i can. the decocker i wouldn't use if i feel i might need it soon and if I'm re-holstering i can afford the extra time it takes, and i just ignore the slide release all together favoring just to pull it back.
     
  13. batex

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback and advice. Sounds like I'll give it a try. I'm planning to get down to a rental range and try one out.
     
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    Southpaw Sig shooter

    Have you checked out the DAK trigger? No decocker. I was looking around recently for an ambidextrous 9mm and picked up a HK P2000 LEM. It's very nice and reasonably priced if you can lind a used one.
     
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    E2 grips may also reduce the "hump" on the left side of the grip, making it more comfortable.
     
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    I am not left-handed, but have done some experimentation. I was able to operate the decocking lever with my index finger and the magazine release with my second finger. (If you choose a DAK model you can eliminate the decocker.) I was unable to come up with a satisfactory solution for the slide stop for releasing the slide from lockback, but this can be gotten around by hand-racking the slide. There is still the matter of locking the slide open for "showing clear" or a double feed stoppage.
     
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    I am a righty, but I have shot several Sigs left-handed. As others have mentioned, while the controls aren't in the ideal place for lefties, they are not difficult to adjust to.

    Even though Sigs have a smooth trigger in DAK configuration, I prefer the standard DA/SA more. The decocker really should not be a deal-breaker.
     
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    lefty here......we went to the p226 DAK........sweet.
     
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    Another southpaw, I've shot a few SIG's, never had a problem with any of the controls.
     
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