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Leftys.... RH AR or LH AR?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by awpk03s, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. awpk03s

    awpk03s

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    For all the southpaws out there... who shoots a lefty AR versus a normal RH AR?

    As a lefty using a normal RH AR, any issues with brass ejection?
     
  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    One of my best friends is a dirty leftie, and he runs right hand ARs exclusively. If it's set up correctly, brass ejection shouldn't be an issue, and parts will be MUCH easier to come by. Left hand eject ARs need different uppers and carriers, maybe more than that.
     


  3. awpk03s

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    Thanks. I am a lefty, and today run two different Stag LH upper groups. The only differences are the BCG and upper receiver.
    Just thinking for my next rifle if I want to go in a different direction or not.
     
  4. WayaX

    WayaX Lifetime Member

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    In a properly working right hand AR-15, you will not experience any problems running it on the left side. I'm left handed, but I shoot rifles on my right side. If your friend is right eye dominant, I may suggest he/she try the same.
     
  5. TreyG-20

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    I'm a lefty and been shooting right handed ARs my whole life. As well as many other right hand eject rifles from.AKs SKS AR-10s. I dont even think ive ever even held a left handed rifle. Never once had an issue. Personally I would just get a right handed one.with ambidextrous safety and bolt release. If you ever resale or trade its much easier to sale also.
     
  6. vettely

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  7. mjkeat

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    I'm southpaw and have always shot orthadox. My son, a lefty, shoots southpaw. After a few burns on the forearm and brass to the face he usually wants to stop shooting. Like most 4 y/o boys he prefers the 10/22.

    If I shot lefty and was just over 3 1/2 ft. tall I would probably like a LH model. In your case I'd look into a RH carbine.
     
  8. flw

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    My assigned M16 would put cases down my shirt or in my face about every 100 plus rounds or so. Left handed and right eye dominant.
     
  9. Bow Commander

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    I am a lefty shooting a right hand AR. I haven't had any problems with 5.56 brass, only with shooting .22 out of it with a conversion bolt. Little explosions of crud fling out and hit my face with each shot.

    Needless to say I always wear safety glasses, but I darn near need a full mask.
     
  10. SuperSport

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  11. MedicOni

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    I put an ambi safety on my AP AR and called it good. The only weapons I get a special lefty version are the bolt actions I'm looking at ordering. Just because I hate reaching across to work the action
     
  12. awpk03s

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    Thanks guys. I'm RH but left eye dominant, and have ALWAYS shot all guns left handed for that reason, also because my dad did it that way.

    I got a Spikes Tactical 16" M4 LE upper assembly (RH obviously) for this build, we'll see how it goes. Don't expect any brass issues, but wanted to check.
     
  13. jimNeb

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    I'm a lefty who is right eye dominant. I shoot all long guns right handed so it's not an issue for me.
     
  14. Batesmotel

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    Right handed, left eyed. Learned to shoot left then right. Now I can shoot both ways. Qualified with the M16-A1 Left handed with no problems. I even shoot right handed flintlocks left handed. Modern guns are no problem once you know the brass flying in front of your face is not going to hurt you.
     
  15. OhioGlock90

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    I'm a lefty and when I shoot RH ar's it just feels normal. LH ar's feel weird to me, probably because I picked one up way after shooting RH Ar's. to late to go back now. I do feel like right handed parts will be easier for you to find


    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  16. Kloogee

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    I'm a lefty that shoots a RH gun. I've never had any problems at all with brass.

    When I did my CCW shooting course, my instructor had a full auto 1st gen M16 that did not have a brass deflector on it. Needless to say, I had a red mark on my cheek from the hot brass. If I recall my history correctly (I'm sure the pros here will correct me), that is one of the first things the military changed on their first revision of the M16 was to add a brass deflector for their lefties.
     
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  17. JBaird22

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    I've only ever shot right handed ar's. the brass has never been an issue. I don't even use an ambi safety. I just operate it with my index finger.
     
  18. mgs

    mgs Always Carrying Millennium Member

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    I'm right handed but left eye dominant and shoot either shoulder. No issues here. A regular AR is very Lefty friendly. All my bolt guns are LH and I like it that way.
     
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  19. econjon

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    I'm a lefty through and through and while I've owned a left handed AR (Stag) there came a time when I needed to sell it and it took probably 3 times longer to offload than if it were right handed.

    Since then I've gone with right handed versions and been completely happy with them, have never had brass in the face or anything like that.

    Like others have mentioned above though, I'll only do left handed when it comes to bolt action hunting rifles.
     
  20. Cole125

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    I am left handed and usually have no issues shooting regular right handed ARs. Sometimes I'll get brass to the cheek when I am shooting low powered cheap ammo like Tulu or Silver Bear but never seems to happen with quality brass case ammo.

    My .02 is, stay away from the left hand ARs. For one, Stag is a marginal quality manufacturer to start with, and then add left hand uppers, bolts, extractors, ect to the mix. Spare parts will be a problem.
     
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