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Left handed AR-15???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JLStorm, Oct 24, 2006.

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  1. JLStorm

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    Does anyone make an ar-15 type model in 223 or 308 with the ejection port on the left hand side so the brass doesnt hit me in the face??? I have been debating getting an ar-15 or m4 type model for a while, but the fact that I am a left handed shooter and all these weapons seem to be made exclusively for right handers has kept me from taking the plunge.

    If there isnt any companies that make these for left handers, are there any left handed shooters that have gotten around this??
     
  2. Fosbery

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    I am left handed and I shoot right handed ARs without any problem. If you feel you need some extra protection, there are after market brass deflectors that you can attach.
     
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    How is the quality of the stag arms weapons?? I havent heard of them before (not that this means much)
     
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    Stag makes good stuff. But consider Fosbery's advice about a standard model, lefties shoot them all the time without incident and you'll have better parts compatibility with the rest of the AR-15 population.
     
  7. JLStorm

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    Are there any companies other than colt that use the shell casing deflector on the ejection port for lefties, or is that a standard part that can be added onto any ar15 standard model??
     
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    I threw together a Stag Arms AR and really like it. I have an Olympic 9mm upper on the way for the spare lower that I have. I'll be buying more Stag Arms stuff since my son would love to have one too........
     
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    What AR are you shooting now? Just about every model AR HAS a shell deflector, it is that pyramid thing right behind the ejection port. Old "smooth side" ARs like the SP-1 needed a plastic brass deflector added on for us (attached under the carry handle using that little hole), but it sucked and I don't recommend it. I've never had a problem with my Bushmasters. Perhaps your issue is model specific? What positions are you having trouble with? If it is just a general concern, then don't worry, no AR kicks brass back in our faces anymore :)

    One major concern I would have with a "lefty" AR is parts replacement. Since the bolt carrier and probably the bolt itself would have to be different, you may have a hard time making field repairs, especially if you had to cannabilize parts from another AR which isn't a lefty model.
     
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    I dont have one now, the fact that I am left handed and the shell casings seem to eject with a lot of force but a small arc always made me worried that I would get hit in the face, especially during multiple shots. It sounds like I was wrong though...
     
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    I'm a left handed shot with rifle and with a right handed AR you have nothing to worry about .
    cases are thown well clear of your head and face
     
  12. Fosbery

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    All modern ARs have brass deflectors, but you can get enlarged after market ones which clip on. You don't need them though tbh, I've never had an AR spit brass in my face.
     
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    Get an A2 upper with a brass deflector, add an ambi safety and you're set to go. The bolt release if in a good position for us LH shooters. You can buy a RH mag as well but it isn't really a problem.

    I shoot a standard A2 AR in Service Rifle matches and don't feel at all disadvantaged because I'm LH and the gun's RH. I feel disadvantaged because most of the other shooters are better than me, but not because I'm LH and the gun's RH.
     
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    DPMS has made lefties for years, I bought one about 5-6 years ago and it shoots great...the safety and mag release are the same but the ejection is on the left side of course...I recently bought an A2 upper and it is right handed and no problem with the cases flying into my face...I really was brought up shooting rightie semiauto's but had the opportunity to buy the leftie and did and am really pleased with it....
     
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    I'm wrong handed and I have a kit-built, right-handed AR-15. It's got an A4-style upper (with the brass-deflector lump thing) and, in 440 rounds so far, none have hit or landed on any part of my body. I can work the safety reasonably with my pointer finger (though I wish the lever were shorter, it rubs on the inside of my trigger knuckle when I shoot unless I grip all funny) and, if I'm hanging onto the mag well with my right hand, I can mash the mag release with my thumb.

    I was worried about the same stuff as you before I built my AR, but so far it hasn't been a problem.

    ~GnSx
     
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    I find mag changes and trigger group operation to be fine with rightey ARs too. I use my right hand to release the mag as I grasp it (if you can afford to be dropping magazines on the floor you can afford someone else to change your magazines for you :p). I use the thumb of my left hand to operate the safety by quickly slipping it around the pistol grip.
     
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    Stag makes an excellent product. I'm a Stag dealer. I've sold a pile of them, and I've not had one brought back with a complaint. Do a search under Stag to get some owner feedback.

    If you are really worried about parts availability, buy an extra left hand bolt assembly. Done.
     
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    I think I'd stay away from shooting a righty-AR lefthanded (without the deflector, or something) I'm right handed, but I have shot a left-handed AR. I hit myself in the cheek three or four times in a row. I didn't notice it until later, but one of the pieces of brass left a nice idiot mark for a few days.
     
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    I got a Stag Arms lefty. I had to change the barrel to a 24" bull barrel and cut it down to 16". The only problem with Stag is they only have one barrel. The lightweight model. Then they have the 24" bull barrel. I'd get that if you want a precision rifle in 5.56 cal is also a good note of Stag instead of the .223.
     
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    I'm wrong handed, and don't have any wrong handed ARs.

    The only ARs I've had hit me in the face or drop brass down my shirt were older ones that didn't have the brass deflector. Even then, some of them didn't.

    Just about any off the shelf AR is going to have a brass deflector. Mine throws the brass somewhere between one and two o'clock.
     
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    As already noted, it's not really an issue.

    The U.S. armed services very likely have 7% - 10% of their solders who are left-handed, shooting right-handed M-16's and M-4's quite effectively without any problem.

    Even one of my son's keeps me ammo poor shooting my old Colt SP-1 Carbine left-handed, and it doesn't even have a brass deflector on it.

    rc
     
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    Stag is a fine brand, they are a division of CMT who make lots of the stuff for many of the other brands.
    If you get a lefty you 1) can't replace many or the perts with standard AR parts. This wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, just stockpile some spare parts.

    The 2) is the killer for me-You can't use the drop in rimfire conversions
     
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    DPMS also has made lefties for many years, I have the 20" SS bull barrel in 223 and it is a very good rifle. If it is available for left handed shooters, why not buy one?.... I shoot righties also with no problem, but the lefty is available..
     
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    I'm a lefty also. I just lost the scar on my neck where a piece of 5.56 brass burnt to my neck back in the early 70's. This was on the A1 series without the brass deflector.

    Upon getting out of the Army and getting my own AR with the brass deflector I haven't had a problem. I've used it through most of my LE career.

    I would also point out that I've never had a brass in the face problem with my AK's.;)
     
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