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Lefties shooting right-handed AR's

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by J. Parker, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. J. Parker

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    Are there any lefties shooting right-handed AR's? Any problems to think about?

    ~Thanks, John
     
  2. Well, I'm a rightie and have shot a buddies leftie AR several times, no problem at all. IMO leftie ARs are a gimmick.
     

  3. mjkeat

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    Im a lefty and have been shooting right handed since I picked up a firearm over 25+ years ago.
     
  4. MisterPX

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    Not a lefty, but shoot left handed about 25% of the time. No issues, except when you're rollover prone and the brass lands on your neck. ;)
     
  5. Hedo1

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    I'm a leftie and own and shoot right hand AR's. No issues.

    They're set up backwards as far as I'm concerned :) but nothing you don't get used to.
     
  6. BBJones

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    I am RH but shoot long guns LH (left eye dominant and like to keep both eyes open) including AR's. No problems what-so-ever. You may want to get an ambi-mag release (Troy industries is my preference), and ambi-charging handle (I don't use one so no recommendations, but might in future). I prefer ambi-safteys so I would use one no matter if I was LH or RH.

    I would not recommend anyone getting a LH AR. There is no point and you limit yourself in parts.
     
  7. BigDaddyK

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    Yeah no problems for me either. Just practice the operation of it and you should be fine. I'd say it's about as easy for a lefty to operate as it is a righty.
     
  8. Jon_R

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    Lefty shooting normal ARs for a while.

    The only thing I change on them is I like the colt safety and put the lever on the right hand side so I can run it with my left thumb. The colt safety is cut so you can put it on either side.

    I might try an ambi charging handle to see if I like it otherwise the rest is just standard setup.
     
  9. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

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    I shoot a right handed Colt left handed and the only problem I've encountered was the hot brass hitting me in the face or going down the back of my shirt. I solved that problem by buying a brass deflector from Brownells. It was cheap and fits onto the flat top. Since then no issues. Everything else I just practiced and trained so it's not an issue.
     
  10. raven11

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    I'm a lefty and shoot right handed AR's with no problem
     
  11. MrMurphy

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    I'm a righty, but i've shot M16s and M4's left handed when necessary. Except in some very extreme shooting positions, nothing to worry about. That case deflector is there for a reason.
     
  12. My son is left handed, he has not problems at all shooting AR15's and AK47's left handed.
     
  13. KK40384

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    I've noticed only one issue with a lefty (a friend of mine) shooting my AR this weekend. When he was shooting with the stock fully collapsed with a hat on, it would occasionally catch spent brass and smack him in the forehead. Happened once or twice a mag. Once he took his hat off he was good to go.
     
  14. southpaw45

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    Im a lefty and I shoot a right handed ARs all the time. Never had any problems and never caught any brass in the face. It works so good for me that I thought they were designed for us southpaws. The only think I changed was to install an ambu saftey and charging handle latch..
     
  15. CAcop

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    No problems for me. Ambi selector is nice but not mandatory. Ambi mag relase would be good for tac reloads. I suppose ambi charging handle would be nice too.

    As it is with work the only thing they allow us lefties is an ambi selector and sometimes those aren't available so I just use a right handed gun.
     
  16. DJ Niner

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    As long as the upper receiver has the brass deflector "bump" (highlighted in green, below), then you'll be good-to-go. Some older ARs (Colt SP-1s and other retro models) and thick-walled-upper-receiver varmint-style ARs don't have the brass deflector; if those are shot lefty, then the shooter may get some hot brass in the face.

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    Add-on brass deflectors are available, or you can use a brass catcher that covers the ejection port and traps the empty cases in a bag or box.
     
  17. AFPD118

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    Lefty i have shoot righty ARs sense my Army days, no problems. Both my Stags are right handed, hard to sell lefty guns, and not sure i would like one anyway :)
     
  18. AK_Stick

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    I've taught several people, and dozens of soldiers to shoot left handed.

    Its a non issue, as long as you've got a brass deflector.
     
  19. drizzle

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    Anyone have a link to a LH charging handle?
     
  20. Glockdude1

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