Left hand rifle/right handed

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ajd3530, Dec 8, 2016.

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  1. Offfhand

    Offfhand Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Mr. Bart, I think I may once knew, and shot with, the southpaw shooter you refer to, especially if he was an Australian smallbore shooter who once came to shoot in the major US matches, (Western Wildcats, etc) he was quite an experimenter. As to rotating scopes for left hand access, it can make sight adjusting much more convenient in certain handgun applications as shown in attached photo with scope on Rem. XP-100.. XP-100A.JPG
  2. cougar1717

    cougar1717 Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    From a bench or supported position, it will be easier. From a standing or sitting position, it will take a good amount of practice. If you intend to scope it and hunt with it, life is too short for that much awkwardness.
  3. desidog

    desidog Member

    Nov 21, 2008
    Speaking as a lefty who likes milsurps, have you considered the gas handling/safety aspect? I'm wary when shooting right handed rifles because of this. The Hatcher hole was designed to blast gas AWAY from the shooter in the event of a case failure. If you're shooting a RH-rifle LH, or vice versa, then that hole is aiming that hot gas close to your eye or bicep or elbow.
  4. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    May 31, 2008
    I think most lefties, myself included, are at least semi-ambidextrous because of having to use so many right hand oriented objects. As a kid, I never thought twice about using right handed bolt action rifles.

    Right handed people, especially adults, may not have the same ability to adapt so easily, either physically or mentally.
  5. Kaeto

    Kaeto Member

    May 2, 2006
    Lincoln Park, Mi.
    Which categorically proves that Left-Handed people are the only ones in their Right Minds! (the theory of cross dominance)
  6. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Member

    Dec 13, 2008
    Woodbridge, Va.
    Sort of -

    I shoot Precision Air Rifle - 60 shots, standing @ 10M. I use an Anschutz 8002 S2. I am right-handed, left eye dominant, which is to say that I'm extremely right-handed, but I use a blinder on my sight so that I see only 'one' front aperture. I also have my rifle set up, so that I load with my left hand. This keeps the rifle from ever having to leave my right shoulder, and never having to remove my trigger hand from the rifle. The loading gate for the rifle used to be located on the RH side; I switched it to the left hand side so that I could shoot in this manner - it is a relatively common set-up for air rifle shooters.

    The new Walther KK500 is making it common for smallbore shooters as well:

    Walther KK500 on Youtube

  7. CB900F

    CB900F Member

    Feb 22, 2003

    First, determine what your dominant eye is. Doesn't matter what your dominant hand is, it's the eye that should determine which handed rifle to get. Using your dominant eye to aim with usually improves accuracy for some odd reason. Buying a left hand gun if you're right eye dominant just because it's a "good deal", is actually a bad deal to my mind.

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