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Looking for a lefty friendly semi-auto .22 rifle

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by FCastle88, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. FCastle88

    FCastle88

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    I mostly want it for cheap plinking and for my girlfriend to have something to shoot when I take her along to the range. We're both left eye dominant so we shoot left-handed, I've shot a Marlin 60 before, and with bulk pack ammo I kept getting hit in the face and right forearm with the shell casings and hot powder, which as you can imagine kind of took the fun out of it. I've heard that the 10/22 was designed to eject at an angle to be more lefty friendly, is this true? Is it worth paying $280 for the 10/22 model I want compared to $100 for a Marlin 795 or $200 for a Remington 597?
     
  2. saltydog452

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    I've forgotten the model number.

    There was a Browning that'd seem to work fairly well. It was short, handy, loaded through the stock muzzle down, and ejected the emptys down. Ten round capacity. Two grades, the lowest was dang pretty.
    If your lady is into bling, the highest ought to tickle her fancy well enough.

    The stock was cut for open sights and had a significant drop.

    Discontinued, but still available.

    salty
     


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  4. Besides the Browning, Norinco used to make a copy of it called the ATD22, and Remington had the Browning patent first with the Remington Model 24.

    I have a Remington 24 that is over 80 years old and still shoots great with standard velocity .22LR ammo.

    My son is cross dominant and shoots long guns left handed. He enjoys shooting my AR15 with the Ciener conversion kit on it. No problem with getting hit in the face with brass.
     
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  5. FCastle88

    FCastle88

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    The SA-22 is nice, but I'm not looking to spend nearly that much on a .22, I'm just looking for a cheap plinker. Is one of the 3 I named any more lefty friendly than the others?
     
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  6. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

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    Walther G22 can be set up lefty by pushing out the extractor pin and switching sides, along with moving the ejector to the right side. Or they can be ordered from the factory set up as lefty.

    They don't enjoy bulk ammo much though.
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  7. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    You still can get a Browning, just look for a used one.
    It's your best bet.
     
  8. FCastle88

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    I've held one in a store before, considered getting one but I've been hearing that they have reliability issues even with the non-bulk pack ammo.
     
  9. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

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    Mine runs great with any of the non bulk stuff. Even likes the Remington Golden Bullet bulk.

    I shot it today until it was too full of crud to cycle properly anymore.
     
  10. jnewguyin

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    I am right handed but I'm left eye dominant so I shoot rifles left handed and I get burned a lot too. In fact I have a pretty big scab near my elbow and a pretty good imprint of a .22lr on my forearm. Maybe you can wear a long sleeve linen shirt?
     
  11. pokey074

    pokey074 The F.O. Man

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    GSG-5. Love mine. Even shooting suppressed (increased blowback pressure) I don't get pelted.
     
  12. Straightpipe

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    I too am left handed and have a Marlin Model 60. I got it when I was little and have pretty much shot the rifling out of it. Even shooting from a bench it doesn't group it patterns like a shotgun. :rofl:I agree though that it sprays the crap out of you with powder. Even the 10/22's I've shot I've always had this problem. Mainly now I just shoot my Anshutz 1803 thats left handed.
     
  13. Flipz

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    Sig Sauer 522 will work great for a lefty. Ambi controls, and it feeds everything (bulk packs included).