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10 Best Guns for Left-Handed Shooters: Pistols & Rifles

Lefties make up 12% of the population…and it seems like the whole gun world is against them.

one lefty friendly
At least one of these things is lefty friendly…

If you’re left-handed, you understand the constant struggle of adapting to a right-handed world. Most tools and utensils are designed for the right-handed majority, including scissors, can openers, own mitts, and firearms. 

Lefty Pie Chart
Har Har.

Left-handed shooters have their own unique set of struggles. Using a standard rifle or handgun can is not only extremely frustrating, it can leave you with a face full of hot brass. 

You’ll find precious few firearms designed specifically for southpaws, but all hope is not lost!

Lefty Shooting
The struggle is real.

There are a fair number of guns featuring ambidextrous controls that make life easier for left-handed operators. 

We’re going to take a look at the plight of the southpaw shooter, as well as some solutions for shooting in a right-hand dominant world. 

We’re even going to cover some of the best left-handed guns (both pistols and rifles) on the market today. 

Table of Contents


The Plight of the Left-Handed Shooter

Let me start off by admitting I am part of the boring majority. Although I am a standard-issue right-handed shooter, I have major sympathy for the struggles of southpaws, especially on the shooting range.

Lefty Smudge
sad reacts only 😢

My husband is a lefty, and I’m admittedly fond of him. My oldest daughter is also a cross-dominant shooter. Although she is right-handed, she is legally blind in her right eye, so she shoots a long gun left-handed. 

Spending hours on the range with them has made me both aware and sympathetic to the trials and tribulations of the left-handed minority.

Common Left-Handed Shooting Problems

Most firearms are designed for right-handed shooters and can be pretty difficult for lefty shooters to use. 

While this seems like it should be fairly common knowledge, there are a surprising number of righties who just don’t get it. 

Happy lefty Day
… You tried, and that’s what counts.

How many times has a buddy handed you his rifle and told you to just switch shoulders?

That’s easier said than done, Dear Right-Handed Friend. And it could actually be dangerous.

While it is possible for a lefty to use a right-handed firearm, there are a few problems. Some of them are potentially serious. Just because you can shoot a right-handed firearm, this doesn’t mean you should.

While possible, it’s not easy.

The most obvious problem (at least to the lefties) is that the controls are perfectly located for right-handed shooters. Engineered for the majority of shooters (who happen to be right-handed), standard weapon controls are positioned so a right-handed shooter can easily click a safety, release a mag, or cycle a bolt.

However, the southpaw shooter typically has to drop his shooting stance, reach across the weapon, and use the alternate hand to do these simple tasks.

Lefty Para-Athlete Taylor Miller
Unstoppable Lefty and Para-Athlete Taylor Miller

Southpaws also have to contend with raining hot brass. The ejection port on a standard issue rifle is usually located on the right side of the weapon. While handy for right-handed riflemen, it sends broiling hot casings flying mere centimeters from a left-handed shooter’s nose. 

Left-Handed Shotgunner
Left-Handed Shotgunner

You may try to ignore the spent casings zipping across your line of sight, but when one impacts the delicate skin of your cheek and leaves a nasty red blister, you’ll probably utter some words that would embarrass you Grandma.  

Real Danger for Lefties

Truth be told, flying brass and poorly positioned weapon controls are the least of a southpaw’s worries. 

A firearm’s action is designed to do more than just load, fire, and eject cartridges. The action also safely contains the massive pressure of combusting propellant. Modern cartridges can create pressures in excess of 60,000 psi. 

That’s a lot of pressure… like more than you put on your high school girlfriend in the backseat of your dad’s old Buick. 

LWRCI IC-SPR and DI, Ambi Controls
Ambi controls can help, but most ambi ARs still spit brass right in front of your nose.

Manufacturers build the actions on their firearms to be strong enough to resist that pressure (just like your high school girlfriend), but they also build in a bunch of safety features to channel escaping gas away from the shooter in the event of a catastrophic failure. 

Designers assume the shooter will be right-handed. 

That means if you’re a lefty unlucky enough to experience a catastrophic failure, all that hot gas (expanding at more than 5000 feet per second) will come blasting right into your face. That does not sound like a fun time.

A lefty shooting a right-handed pistol from a retention position can also have major ejection issues.

Righty Shooting
Look at this smug b*stard, his nose all safe and far from the ejection port.

Not only do those hot casings come flying directly toward your body, a southpaw can easily end up with a blocked ejection port, leaving them to deal with a dangerous jam. Not something you want to happen in a self-defense situation.

Solutions for Left-Handed Shooting in a Right-Handed World

If comfort and convenience were the only things lefties had to worry about when shooting, the solutions would be easy. However, life is rarely easy, especially if you were born left-handed. 

Righty Shooting Bench
Lefty Shooters’ Public Enemy #1

In the old days, when left-hand actions were rare, and Grandpa had to walk to and from school uphill both ways, southpaw shooters were left with few safe options. 

Lefty Ice Cream Scoop

Sure, most lever-action, semi-auto, and pump-action long guns look like they could work for both right-and left-handed shooting. Many lefties adapted pretty easily to operating a standard issue long gun with one of these actions. 

For bolt action rifles, the only viable option was to convert a right-hand bolt-action to a left-hand bolt. 

Not exactly an easy task. It’s time-consuming, complicated, and takes some decent gunsmithing skills. Plus, it only solves part of the problem. The action will still eject to the right. 

Bubba Lefty Build

If all hell breaks loose inside the chamber, that flame and fury is still getting channeled straight into the face of a left-handed shooter. Left-handed shooters who choose to shoot most lever-action, pump-action, and semi-auto long guns risk the same outcome.

The only truly safe options for lefties (especially in the realm of long guns) are truly bilateral actions (think top eject Winchester Model 94s), or guns with genuine mirror image actions. 

The selection for lefties isn’t exactly vast, but left-handed shooters might actually hold the blame here. Although the left-handed minority is indeed repressed, downtrodden, and discriminated against, they represent at least twelve percent of shooters.

Leftorium Simpsons
A whole new world!

If you guys joined forces with the left-eye dominant faction, you could easily strong-arm manufacturers into developing more left-hand options. 

Best Guns for Left-Handed Shooters

Best Handguns for Southpaws

Thankfully, lefty shooters have a few more options when it comes to handguns. Many models have ambidextrous controls. Other options may require a simple swap of the mag release.

Let’s take a look at the top handgun options for left-handed shooters.

1. Glock 19 Gen 5

Nearly any Glock can be used with either hand. I’m picking this one because it’s my go-to CCW. A midsize pistol, the Glock 19 holds 15 + 1 rounds of 9mm Luger. It measures just over 7 inches long and 1.18 inches wide. 

Glock 19 and 17 gen 5 MOS
Concealed or duty carry, the G19 MOS (left) and G17 MOS (right) have you covered.

I may just have a penchant for Austrians (Sorry, Honey!), but I consider the Glock 19 as near perfect as they come. It is the perfect size to conceal, has enough substance to hold onto during recoil, and it has a magazine capacity sufficient for most dangerous encounters (and when it doesn’t, mag changes are super easy).

I know the Glock haters out there are going to disagree, but you’re allowed to be wrong. It’s a free country.

Hell yeah!

I know. I’m a right-handed shooter. But my left-handed husband is also a big-time fan of the Glock 19. 

Make sure you get the Gen 5 version.

It has an ambidextrous slide stop lever, a flared mag well for easy ambidextrous loading, a reversible magazine release button, and no manual safety. That means there’s no fumbling around to switch an external safety designed for a right-handed shooter. No safety = no fumbling. 

The Glock 19 is the compact version of the Glock 17. (Pictured: Custom Axelson Tactical Axe 19)
The Glock 19 is the compact version of the Glock 17. (Pictured: Custom Axelson Tactical Axe 19)

The Glock 19 does have a drop safe trigger for those concerned about accidental discharge. If you can’t keep your booger picker off the bang switch, this is not the gun for you. And you should probably review basic gun safety.

2. Beretta APX Centurion

The APX Centurion has a high, tight, natural grip with excellent ergonomics that make it a pleasure to shoot regardless of whether you’re right- or left-handed. But it’s the ambidextrous slide catch and  reversible magazine release that should get the attention of southpaws.

Beretta APX Centurion and shells
Beretta APX Centurion

The APX was Baretta’s attempt at designing a new military service pistol, and is chambered in .40 S&W.

Although it lost to the Sig P320, the APX deserves more attention than it gets. It is durable, easy to shoot (no matter your hand preference), and has one of the best striker triggers on the market. 

Yes, we understand the APX Centurion is a smidge on the bulky side. This one isn’t exactly easy to conceal. However, lefties with larger hands will appreciate the extra size. 

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. CZ P-07

The 9mm SA/DA CZ P-07 makes the list because the safety configuration can be easily converted to decocking and vice versa, while the controls stay completely ambidextrous.  

CZ P-07
CZ P-07 with a light and extended mag

The CZ P-07 has CZ’s unique Omega trigger system which allows the shooter to use a decocking lever or install a manual safety. This feature gives you the option to carry the weapon with the hammer down for a double-action first shot. However, you can also carry it “cocked and locked” like a traditional 1911. 

CZ P-07 Outside
CZ P-07

This is a sweet option, because 1911s are cool. They just don’t make them for left-handed shooters (which proves my point that lefties are oppressed and downtrodden).

Although the CZ P-07 may not be the “best” handgun for lefties, if you prefer a hammer-fired pistol over a polymer-framed striker one, this is one of the few options that won’t leave the southpaws completely flustered. 

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. Heckler & Koch VP9

Introduced in 2014, the VP9 9mm quickly grew a loyal fan base among left-handed shooters. It comes with three changeable back straps and six side panels, so you can customize the grip to fit any hand size. The molded finger grooves also allow for quick, instinctive hand positioning whether you’re shooting with your right or left hand. 

Heckler & Koch VP9
Heckler & Koch VP9

All controls on the VP9 are completely ambidextrous. With a slide release on each side of the weapon and a magazine release easily activated by left- and right-handed shooters, we’re surprised this one isn’t more popular. 

5. Charter Arms Southpaw

Revolvers are a pretty popular choice for left-handed shooters. Revolvers and lefties are generally compatible. However, having to change hands to swing open the cylinder can be about as annoying for lefties as having to use a right-handed can opener. 

Charter Arms Southpaw
Charter Arms Southpaw

Enter the Charter Arms Southpaw. In case you couldn’t tell by the name, the Southpaw is designed specifically for left-handed shooters. Charter Arms claims it is the FIRST revolver designed specifically for lefties. 

The .38 Special Southpaw is identical to the Charter Arms Undercover Lite, only the cylinder releases and opens on the right side, making left-handed reloading tons more efficient. 

Charter Arms Southpaw Cylinder
Charter Arms Southpaw Cylinder

Whether you want to live out your dreams of being a left-handed cowboy, or you’re a lefty who wants a wheel gun for EDC, the Southpaw is a perfect option.

at Sportsman's Warehouse

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best Rifles for Left-Handed Shooters

We have good news and bad news about left-handed rifles.

Do you want to hear the good news first? Okay, good.

Most major gun manufacturers offer a basic selection of mirror-image rifle actions. 

Now for the bad news.

oh come on
We know, man. We know.

In most cases, left-handed actions are only offered in the most popular chamberings and the most common configurations. Be prepared to choose from the standard selection of .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, .308 Winchester, blah, blah, blah. The list is pretty vanilla. 

However, you can always spice things up with some badass accessories. 

Here are a few of the best left-handed long gun options to get you southpaws started.

6. Browning X-Bolt Hunter

Browning is hands down one of the most lefty-friendly firearms manufacturers in the world. The company offers southpaw versions of their popular BAR, T-Bolt, and X-Bolt rifles. 

So sleek. So sexy. So lefty.

We’re pretty fond of the X-Bolt Hunter in .300 Win Mag. Not only does it have that classic deer rifle look and feel, it also has a crisp feather trigger system with zero take-up or creep, a quality that big game hunters will surely appreciate, no matter which hand they used to sign their hunting license.

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

7. Ruger Gunsite Scout

Ruger offers four models of its Gunsite Scout bolt-action rifle to accommodate left-handed shooters. Developed in partnership with the famous Gunsite Academy, these rifles are jam-packed with high-performance features. 

Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

The .308 Win Gunsite Scout features a cold-hammer-forged alloy steel barrel, a forward-mounted Picatinny rail, a detachable AICS-style box magazine, a flash suppressor, and an adjustable ghost-ring rear iron sight. 

It makes a great truck gun, although it will also be totally at home in the deer woods. 

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

8. Weatherby Mark V

Weatherby offers its entire line of Mark V bolt action rifles in both right- and left-hand form in their 7mm Weatherby Magnum chambering. 

Weatherby Mark V
Weatherby Mark V with a wood stock

These guns are built for shooting in rough weather conditions. The Mark V has a tough, hand-laminated composite stock with a matte gel coat finish, which allows you to keep a good grip even when conditions get slippery. 

We also like the hand-lapped chromoly steel barrel that features a weather-resistant tactical gray Cerakote finish. Not only is it attractive, it’s built to last

Weatherby Mark V Backcountry
Weatherby Mark V Back Country model

Perhaps the best feature of the Weatherby Mark V is the 54-degree bolt lift. Super smooth and easy to reload without taking your eyes of your target, the Mark V may be the best modern push feed bolt action on the market today.

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

9. Stag Arms Stag 15 Tactical

Stag Arms was founded by a lefty, so you know they understand the plight of the left-handed shooter. Stag arms actually designed the first left-handed Modern Sporting Rifle, and they’ve been pushing the boundaries of the AR platform ever since. 

Stag Arms Stag 15 Tactical Left
Stag Arms Stag 15 Tactical Lefty (via The Shooter’s Log)

The Stag 15 is a top-quality carbine outfitted with all the standard polymer furniture you would expect on a factory-built AR. However, don’t feel like you have to settle.

Stag Arms offers 15 models of left-handed AR-15s in a number of chamberings and barrel lengths. Southpaws scrolling through their website will feel like they’ve hit the left-handed mother lode. 

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

10. Rock River Arms LEF-T LAR-15LH

Rock River Arms is another modern manufacturer with major sympathies for southpaw shooters. The LEF-T LAR-15LH is a modern sporting rifle designed from the ground up for left-handed shooters.

Rock River Arms LEF-T LAR-15LH
Rock River Arms LEF-T LAR-15LH Action

We’re talking left-hand upper, left-hand lower, left-hand ejection port, left-side forward assist, and a right-side bolt catch. Throw in an ambidextrous charging handle, forend, grip, mag release, and stock, and this rifle leaves righties feeling like we’re the odd ones out. 

at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing


There you have it… ten high-quality options for the southpaw shooter. Any of these will solve the struggle (and danger) of trying to use a firearm designed for a right-handed shooter. 

Are these the only options for left-handed shooters? Not even close.

Jonah Hill Excited

While the selection is limited compared to what the industry has to offer right-handed shooters, lefties have a fair number of handguns and rifles to choose from. And as manufacturers begin to take note of the needs of serious southpaw shooters (and those left-eye dominant shooters who should be shooting left-handed) the options are only going to increase. 

The best way to see if a handgun or rifle is right for you is to give it a test drive at the range. This goes for both right-handed and left-handed shooters.

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The way a gun works in your own two hands is the best criteria for choosing a weapon. You should never make your decisions based on the recommendations of your shooting buddies, especially if they happen to be right-handed.  

Do you shoot left-handed? Got any advice or recommendations for other lefties? Let us know in the comments. If you’re a cross-dominant shooter, check out our article on Cross-Dominant Shooting and How to Overcome It.

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  • Commenter Avatar

    How could you not include FN on this list?! Ambi right out of the box. The takedown lever is the only control that isn’t ambi

    October 13, 2021 6:32 am
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    Dale Myres

    Savage make an excellent L/H bolt action rifle. I owed a 30.06 and loved it

    August 26, 2021 9:43 am
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    I am surprised to learn the founder of Stag Arms is a Lefty. Why? Because after looking for 50 years, stores, ranges, gun shows, I finally saw my first "AL" (Armalite Lefty) in a store. Picked it up, marveled at the left side ejection, bolt assist, and brass kicker, then went to work the charging handle, only to see it was a standard righty, then learned it had the righty only safety, AND right hand only mag release (yes, not even ambidextrous for ANY of those controls. My thoughts at the moment? In ALL of Stag, there is not a single Lefty Engineer, OR even a LEFTY QA person? Now I learn the FOUNDER allowed this? Anyway, before I saw the Stag disappointment, my son had presented me with a "build" using a RedX Arms (Great company by the way) LEFT HAND upper, and ambidextrous controls on everything, for my retirement. AND YES, it is so nice to have that BLAST and HOT BRASS going away from my face. As ALL tactical training now mandates ambidextrous practice, it is no longer about Left or Right, but rather ALL AR's should be updated to AMBIDEXTROUS, 100%. That said, Right Handed AR style BOLT actions, are great for Lefties, because your dominant hand stays on the control (just like in tactical training), AND you don't get the top of your Left thumb removed when working the bolt, AND the safety is in the same place as your AL.

    August 22, 2021 12:12 pm
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    Ashley Moodley

    Cz p10c great for lefties

    August 6, 2021 4:54 am
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    Darrell McMillan

    I can comfortably run about any handgun with adjusted technique but my favorite 'left hand friendly' pistols are the FNX-45 Tactical, S&W M&P 9 and Canik TP9 Combat Elite.

    July 5, 2021 3:32 pm
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    Bobby Jones

    This is what you get when a right handed person tries to decide what's best for you.The two best options a completely ambidextrious, and a gun designed specifically for left handed are the bottom of the list. First choice a glock really?

    June 12, 2021 7:12 am
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    As a lefty, I’ve had to adapt all my life. I can’t use left handed scissors because I grew up using right handed ones in school. As for firearms, I learned on revolvers. I have no problem switching the gun to my right hand to reload; it lets me load with my dominant hand. For semi autos, I drop the magazine with my index finger, don’t use the slide release and haven’t had any serious problems with hot brass. The problem I have is the mag release getting in the way of my trigger finger; solution is to hav it filed down a bit if it can’t be switched. BTW, the Colt SAA is a left handed gun. It’s much easier to load when held in the left hand. Shotguns? Mossberg tang safety. Rifles? Left handed bolt actions, Stag Arms and the Mini 14 safety in the trigger guard. Evaluate…Adapt…Overcome!

    May 15, 2021 4:51 pm
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    Jerry Sternadel

    my wife is left handed, doesn't like the noise of a 9MM, and ideas for lefties for pistols that she can open carry while hiking? She does like my 22LR revolver, but I would rather her have a semiauto. Thanks Jerry

    April 19, 2021 4:31 pm
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    Anthony Paul Johnson

    Taurus 24/7 G2 is a great little pistol for lefties. I know I have one. It has ambidextrous mag drop and thumb safety.

    March 8, 2021 1:00 pm
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    James Sutton

    FNS9 AND FNS9C are the best for us lefties, bar none, mossburg 500 and browning are best shotguns ,safeties are on top , and browning ejects at bottom,.any bolt action rifle with safety in front of trigger,

    February 13, 2021 6:17 pm
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    Any ideas for a LEFT Hand AK-47? The struggle is real. Classic, NOT the AR Hybrids.

    February 13, 2021 7:28 am
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    Joseph Reilly

    I was right handed right eyed dominant until I was about 56 and an eye surgeon botched a right retina repair. "Whoops, you only need just one". Shooting pistols is still do-able, but rifles have been a big challenge the last dozen years. I've tried to do offset scope mounts and other things that haven't worked either. I took my AR out to the range this week and finally concluded I was just going to have so be a portside long gun shooter. Not so easy to teach an old dawg new tricks. Anyhow, browsing the web for left handed rifles I found your article/s this evening. The have given me little bit more light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your insight, and thank you for sharing.

    January 31, 2021 10:55 pm
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    When I was in training in the US Army back in 1970 I never heard of M 16s for lefties. Shooting in the kneeling or standing position I got used to hot brass hitting me in the face below my right eye high on my cheek. During my tour in the Army I had a black line On my cheek as if it was drawn on with a pencil. This line never went away until I was out of training and not shooting daily. But the hot brass that went down my t-shirt in the prone position was worse.

    December 30, 2020 9:18 pm
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    I really do appreciate this article, it has helped me to best navigate handguns that a lefty can use. But a quick point... I recently became the owner of the Axe 19 50 of 99, the frame is Gen 4, not able to switch the mag release and the slide lock is only on the left. But damn it, what an amazing piece!

    December 20, 2020 9:49 am
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    I'm a right eye dominate, obligate (due to loss of right hand fingers) left handed shooter. Now that adds to finding firearms that work for me. To the most part I have. Browning R-1 is my rifle. Browning Super Black eagle in left hand.
    I found your article in my search to find a semi auto hand gun I can work with my compromised right hand and still be efficient. I think a Glock 19 with a charging handle may fill the bill.

    December 2, 2020 7:05 pm
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    I have burn scars on my chest from Glock brass ejections. Most lefties I know have the same issue. The ones who don't complain about it can be considered "fanboys". Springfield and even straight 1911's (most of the ones I have tried) are more kind with the backsplash and brass then the Glocks are. It would be a lot nice if this article was written by a lefty instead of the once removed stories of what someone else likes. However, all left shooters have become accustomed to dropping a mag with their index finger.

    December 2, 2020 10:36 am
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    For the hammer fired crowd that want a truly ambidextrous experience check out the Taurus TH series, right out of the box the safety, slide stop and mag release can be activated from both sides. No futzing will g swapping mag releases, it sticks out from both sides and can be pushed in either direction.

    November 24, 2020 1:29 pm
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    Walther ppq sc for this lefty

    November 12, 2020 5:45 pm
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    John Dunlap

    Thanks for the info and interesting read. As another left handed, left eye dominant shooter, I can say that we do get used to living on the other side of the mirror. After having spoken with industry reps who always tell me there is little demand for left handed models, I think I can explain why that's been the case until now. First, as the author pointed out, they generally stick to plain vanilla offerings. Second, they generally don't bother to advertise what little they do make. I'm a regular reader of several firearm publications, but I didn't learn about Browning's left handed BAR's until two years after they'd been discontinued for "lack of interest." Third, until very recently, most of us had to adapt to right handed designs when learning to shoot, and people tend to stick with what they're accustomed to, even when there are better choices available. So, the industry complains of poor sales in this sector while ignoring the fact that they're the ones who've sabotaged those sales.

    On that third point, most people learn to shoot as kids, with a .22 rifle. How many left handed .22's are there? Twenty years ago, virtually none. That's changing, and with it, demand for left handed choices will increase as more new left handed and left eye dominant shooters learn with proper tools. Now, we have the uber expensive Anschuetz models, the Browning T-Bolt, and a few models from Savage. Savage is really the go to for southpaws, by the way. As long as you can live without controlled round feed, their special order department can build a bolt action for almost any cartridge you might want. They even make a left handed .22 autoloader. There was a left handed CZ 455 for a short time, but CZ has dropped almost all of their left handed models as of last year.

    There is one other CRF option besides Ruger's Scout rifle and their tiny selection of left handed Hawkeyes. Zastava is finally, finally, beginning to import their Mauser 98's in quantity, including a left handed model. I'm eyeing the 9.3x62mm.

    Due to the ejection issues mentioned, I've never owned an auto pistol. I have no problem operating revolvers, in fact I think most revolvers are already left handed, save for the cylinder latch. The one thing I would wish for is a cylinder latch on the other side of the gun.

    A last point and I'll shut up. There were actually two production auto pistols made in the last century, the Walther P38 and P5, that eject to the left. Both, unfortunately, have right handed controls. I would be very interested in reading about any gunsmiths who can outfit these guns with ambi levers.

    November 2, 2020 10:54 pm
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    jonathan mcgowen

    BTW - kudos on the pie chart and the pics of graphite-covered hands.

    October 20, 2020 4:50 pm
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    jonathan mcgowen

    As a lefty, I've never been bothered by RH ejections. I think I was tagged in the head once and started wearing ball caps after that. I also hold the gun relatively centered across my body. I don't even "see" the ejections because I'm focused on the sights/target. I've fired plenty of .22, 9mm, & .45 rounds to know this isn't an issue.

    For my handguns I like my Glocks (G19 gen5 & G45) well enough. Even though my Springfield XDM isn't fully ambi, I do like its ergonomics enough to want to acquire an XDM Elite (which is full ambi). I also desire to purchase an HK VP9 when supply & demand balances out more. For shotguns, the Keltec KS7 & Mossberg 500/590 are on my short list. For rifles, I've built an AR-15 lower w/ full ambi controls. It cost me a little more but it was well worth it as the rest of my family are RH.

    October 20, 2020 2:55 pm
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    Rick Millett

    The bersa trp9 has safty, slide release and I think mag releases on both sides of gun. I'm right handed I got this pistol in case girl needs to use it. Her being left handed. She likes

    September 19, 2020 7:36 pm
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    Jason Martin

    You didn't mention three of the best options for fully left-handed pistols: Cabot Guns S100 Southpaw, the Cabot Guns S103 Southpaw, or the New Order Firearms NO9 (left-handed version).

    The NO9 may be ugly, but there are articles in NRA magazines attesting to its quality. And it's not often you can find a good quality left-handed pistol at such a low price as the NO9.

    September 12, 2020 6:41 pm
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    As a lefty, what d you think about using a Ruger 10/22 Takedown or the Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle?

    September 10, 2020 3:14 pm
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    I was looking for recommendations for a left-handed or bottom eject shotgun. Looks like that is the only ammunition we can find these days. Any suggestions. PS - Thanks for the wonderful article and other options.

    September 8, 2020 8:27 am
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      jonathan mcgowen

      Check out the Keltec KS7 or KSG. The Mossberg 500 & 590 series have an ambi safety (still RH eject though). I think the Ithaca 37 is LH friendly as well?

      October 20, 2020 2:57 pm
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    I’m left handed and didn’t see any guns here that would be on my list.

    Ones that I do own and feel accommodate lefties.

    Springfield XDM 45 3.8 Compact
    Springfield EMP4 9mm Champion (ambi safety)
    Springfield 1911s 45s Loaded and Range Officer Elite (both have ambi safeties)
    FNX-45 Tactical (ambi safety)

    Rifle and shotgun wise, you just learn to adapt and are more cognizant of discharge and eating brass or spent shells...

    July 30, 2020 6:55 pm
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      Scott, I'm with you. I love the Springfield Armory XD series pistols. For those of you who don't know, they have ambidextrous mag releases as well as the passive safeties on the butt and and trigger. Fumbling (thumbling?? :-) ) with safeties are a real problem for me. Savage makes a nice series of LH bolt long guns, and Marlin lever action rifles work well for me as well. Thanks for addressing our problem, Pew!

      October 24, 2020 6:53 am
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      ALL OF THIS!

      December 2, 2020 10:41 am
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    I’ve found my left-handed resolve in the form of the AK platform. Never looking back to AR’s. There, I said it.

    July 20, 2020 6:27 pm
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    john David Phillips

    I think I'm really lucky I was trained to shoot right-handed but I'm a dominant Lefty and I see equally well with both I wish I had the money back I have wasted on left-handed guns because they seem awkward and unorthodox to me

    July 13, 2020 2:42 am
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    The pie-chart with things people say is excellent, by the way.

    June 26, 2020 12:37 pm
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    P.S. Jimi Hendrix, widely considered the most talented rock & roll guitarist of all time, was left-handed. He played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside down. I think I can manage a standard AR.

    June 12, 2020 8:00 pm
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    I operate a Tavor X95 with left-side ejection port. Can't understand why the righties insist I take the far-left position on the firing line.

    June 12, 2020 7:45 pm
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    You have to analyse what works best for your situation, and adapt everything else around it. Lefties and cross-dominants face similar AND different issues. As a right-handed left-eye dominant shooter, I am much more agile loading cartridges and magazines and running the action with my right hand. So a left-handed firearm only solves half of the issues. And as a left-shoulder shooter with right-handed guns, some lessons were "hotly" learned: I now wear long sleeves, large glasses and a cap.

    June 9, 2020 6:54 pm
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    Mark E.

    While you bring up some good points, most of us lefties that have been shooting for 40 or 50 years long ago figured out how to use right hand guns left-handed without even thinking about it. It’s just not a big deal. For example, I’m so used to reaching under the trigger guard to push the safety on my Remington shotguns off that I would be confused to use a gun with a left-hand safety. I’ve also worked RH bolt guns with my left hand when locked in a sling, and with my right hand when not. I don’t even think about it. AR’s are not a problem either - we just adapt when the controls aren’t ambi. The only RH gun I ever got rid of was my Tavor because the brass was hitting me in the chin, burning me and causing occasional jambs. Yes, I know you can have a left-hand bolt installed, but I opted to swap the Tavor for a CZ Bren - another right handed rifle. With all that said, I will agree that in the event of a catastrophic failure, I would sooner be shooting right handed. In addition, I will say us lefties get a lot more heat and a blow back from ejections ports; although, this has been going on so long I don’t even think about it. Fun article - thanks.

    June 9, 2020 6:31 pm
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    George Holt

    I’m surprised you left out the Colt Single action revolver. Another handgun actually made to be used by everyone in its application as a mounted Calvary member in the LEFT hand. Yes the loading gate is on the right side so so the gun is in left hand it is reloaded with ejection and loading with the right hand.
    History failed to remember that the members of the mounted Calvary would have had their saber in their right hand and the pistol in the left.

    June 9, 2020 4:13 pm
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      Joseph Reilly

      Very good point.

      January 31, 2021 11:03 pm
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    Please get to the point quicker... and cease repeating info just to fill up the page...

    June 9, 2020 8:10 am
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    J Wood

    So I just purchased my first handgun and also a southpaw. I went with the Glock 19 gen 5. I for one like the front slide serrations for one particular reason.. when I am checking the chamber for a round, if I grab behind the ejection slot, I cannot see if anything is in the barrel because my right hand blocks the view. I’ve noticed in the short period I have had the gun, that I always grab the forward serrations for this exact reason. I haven’t researched yet, but is there an upgraded slide with the ejection on the opposite side?

    June 8, 2020 6:07 pm
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    Dee Dee

    I really appreciate this column. One of the commenters here mentioned the palm swell.
    I have small, weak (arthritis increasing) hands and yeah, a lot of grips are difficult for me to manage then add the left-hand issue.
    I cannot shoot my beautiful Bond Arms pistols with my left had at all. Fortunately, most lefties have learned to function in a right-hand world without complaining too loudly.

    Yeah, those ejection issues are real.

    June 5, 2020 1:17 pm
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    Vadim D.

    Glock 19 and most of the others pistols are in no way real lefty pistols. There are a few really ambidextrous pistols in the market. It means their controls can be used with both hands without any modifications. (especially mag release). I am lefty and I shoot P10c - it allows me to shoot with my dominant hand but at the same time, if I need to, I can easily move it to my right hand and still be able to shoot and change the mags by depressing my mag release button with my right hand.

    June 5, 2020 11:01 am
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    R. Lynch

    If you thought getting a hot piece of brass on your cheek is a bad experience, you probably don't wear eyeglasses and have a hot piece of brass get lodged between your face and the eyeglasses. That is truly an unforgettable experience!

    June 4, 2020 10:02 pm
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    Sean K

    No offense but the handgun list is kinda worthless. Get an M1 PPQ and be done with it. Every control is fully ambidextrous and the mag release levers are longer than they are on a VP9.

    June 4, 2020 8:17 pm
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    Southpaw here, I know the list was limited to 5 per handgun and rifle, but the FN FNS-9/FNS-9c both have ambidextrous controls and I have both for this exact reason. FN is a great manufacturer with quality firearms.

    The H&K VP-9 is also a joy to shoot with fully ambidextrous controls. That might be my next purchase.

    I know people will have their own tastes and preferences and was testing out different carry guns, such as the Springfield Hellcat and Sig 365xl; neither of which have any ambidextrous controls. (Hence why I went with the FNS-9c, and with two 12-rd and a 17-rd magazine that comes with it, it’s heck of a deal!)

    June 4, 2020 6:14 pm
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    Thank you for actually acknowledging the Berreta APX Centurion! I have carried one of these nail driving little devils concealed since Dec. 2018, eightteen hours a day, seven days a week. It is really hard to find reputable information or reviews on the APX series in general, let alone the Centurion. I have multiple handguns, including SIGs, Glocks, S&W, etc... but I choose on a daily basis to carry the APX. The low bore axis makes it extremely comfortable to shoot and lowers felt recoil. I am a cross eye dominant shooter( left eye dominant and right handed) so this is just what I needed in my life. Everything can be switched around on it. Hell, if you wanted just a smidge more concealability you can buy an APX compact frame. It takes a mere minutes to swap frames and that is the only thing you have to do. It costs around 50 bucks for a frame. Every person i have blessed with letting shoot my Centurion has LOVED it. Its an extremely affordable weapon, ready to use, right out of the box with 2 mags and 3 different grip selections. It's a real shame that the APX series (mostly by no ones fault but Beretta themselves) hasn't had the opertunity to excell. Beretta was one of the last major manufacturers to jump on the polymer train because they spent YEARS designing this masterpiece. Not just in offices, they went to law enforcement and competitive shooters to get information on what THEY wanted or didn't want out of a handgun. People can hate on Beretta all they want, but the Centurion is an amazing weapon that should get the credit it deserves. Maybe Pew Pew Tactical should actually do a review on it. Food for thought.

    People are going to have their own opinions on which is best. That's ok. It works for you, maybe not others. If put in the hands of a shooter, not a fanboy, there is little to dislike.(Slide Serrations Aside. You either love them or hate them. I have found no disadvantage to them at all. I personally love them) At the end of the day, something other than a Glock, Sig, or S&W should get at the very least a review. Not just a snippet in another article.
    P.S. All original APX holsters and mags work with the Centurion and the Compact.

    June 4, 2020 5:59 pm
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      Dee Dee Sommers

      Thank you for this! I will definitely check the APX centurion out!
      I have Pico and certainly appreciate even the ambidextrous mag release.

      June 5, 2020 1:05 pm
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    I have a randall left hand curtis lemay commemorative. 45acp. Fully left handed.
    So one was made for a while.

    June 4, 2020 5:52 pm
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    My wrong-handed friends always ask 'why do you need a left-handed gun? what's the big deal?' Then I hand them my left-handed AR to shoot. 'That's awful! The f%&<ing thing ejected right into my face!' Yup. That's why I need a left-handed gun.

    June 4, 2020 5:34 pm
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    What about Kel-tec's lineup of bullpups? Ambi all the way!

    June 4, 2020 4:29 pm
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      I love my Kel-Tec RDB! I'm also a big fan of Beretta's rifles for the same reason. I have a CX4 set up for left-hand, and I am looking at the ARX-100.

      June 4, 2020 6:10 pm
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        My personal favorite rifle I currently own is a Tikka T3 Scout CTR. There is very little info on them, but from the best of my knowledge and HOURS of web searching. It is the predecessor to the actual CTR lineup. Its got the absolute smoothest bolt I have ever come across from factory or anywhere. Its gives a new meaning to glass smooth bolt. Ohh Tikka is imported by Beretta so that's why I am writing this. Lol

        June 4, 2020 6:21 pm
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      It was a joyous day for left handed bullpup enthusiasts when KEL-TEC made the RDB. No more worries about busted out teeth from the charging handle on other bullpup models. I never knew I had it so bad until I actually shot an RDB. I have always just used right handed rifles. Now I am building my 1st left handed AR-15 in 6.5 Grendel. She sure will take some retraining, but for my dream rifle, it will be worth it!

      June 4, 2020 6:12 pm
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    Jubal Early

    Smith & Wesson, M&P handgun is available with ambidextrous safety that I as a Lefty find convenient.
    Also have a Stag Lefty AR 15

    June 4, 2020 4:25 pm
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    The title of this article is “ 10 Best Guns for Left-Handed Shooters” not the 10 most popular guns for left hand shooters, with that being said, the H&K P30 and VP9 ate the best out of the box pistols for left hand shooters, Not only are all of the controls are ambidextrous with the need to swap side of the magazine catch or slide release but the palm swells can be interchanged for a excellent left hand grip, i own both glocks and HKs so I’m not being biased just smart

    June 4, 2020 4:14 pm
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      Completely agree. In fact, most things HK are ambi. If not, they can be reversed-like the USP. Plus, they always go bang!

      June 4, 2020 5:29 pm
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    Can’t believe the p320 isn’t in here. You talk about a beretta for crying out loud and mention the Sig as an afterthought. It’s just as ambi capable as the others (source: I’m lefty who owns one)

    June 4, 2020 3:56 pm
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    I have no issues shooting the Glock 17,19,43x or 48 left handed. Same with the Sig 365.

    June 4, 2020 3:25 pm