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Theriverjustknows
06-20-2010, 6:25 PM
I'd like to hear about some southpaw friendly pistols. I'm in the market for a .45 but not a 1911 right now. I like exposed hammers, full size frames, and I have big hands so I prefer wider grips. My biggest problem so far has been manipulation of controls designed for a right handed person. I've found out that I can work the controls of the M&P series but I don't care for the feel of the gun or lack of external hammer. On the hand I like the feel of Sig p220 but the slide release & safety/decocker is out of reach for me. I'm liking the looks of FN's FNX series but they're not on the roster here yet. Any thoughts from fellow southpaws?
Thanks,
Kevin

asgalindez
06-20-2010, 6:39 PM
I'm a southpaw, but my only .45 ACPs are 1911s. Just need an ambi thumb safety and I'm good to go.

bohoki
06-20-2010, 7:04 PM
i think the ruger p90 is what you are looking for

Grumpyoldretiredcop
06-20-2010, 7:34 PM
I'm left handed, I own and consider "southpaw friendly":
1911 with ambi safety
Glock (but no external hammer)
Para-Ordnance P14-45 LDA with ambi safety
Para-Ordnance P14-45 Limited with ambi safety
If you consider Para, get an older one, pre-"Power Extractor"

I've owned in the past:
S&W 645 - the 4506 works just as well, the grip shape is different.


Sigs, not so much. I had a Sig rep tell me when my department was first looking to buy semi-auto pistols and I was one of the evaluators, "Sig doesn't make guns for left handed people." That remark cost them a customer. If they'd do a little R&D and come up with an ambi slide release, it'd work. Without that, as you've noted, you have to turn the pistol in your hand to reach the slide release.

Fjold
06-20-2010, 8:02 PM
I'm a lefty and my favorites are 1911's. I also use M&Ps and Steyr M40-A1

sprintcar
06-20-2010, 8:09 PM
not sure about ambi-safety but take a look at a CZ 97b. The CZ has everything you want plus they sweet shooters from what I hear.

Knight
06-20-2010, 8:11 PM
Another lefty here. Again, my 1911 is my favorite and the closest to your criteria. Look into the Para double-stack 1911 frames, maybe?

Also, have you looked into the CZ 97B? Install an ambi-safety and you're god to go.

http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-97-b/

Notblake
06-20-2010, 8:18 PM
CZ Sp01, is my favorite ambi semi-auto, but i train to rack the slide back instead of using a slide stop. The safty is on both sides.

Theriverjustknows
06-20-2010, 8:25 PM
not sure about ambi-safety but take a look at a CZ 97b. The CZ has everything you want plus they sweet shooters from what I hear.

Yes, I've drooled over that one before, I have a 75b. I was at Bass pro today and they said they never stock the 97. Is the 97 off roster or is Bass pro just being a PITA as usual?

Thanks for all of the replies. I wasn't planning on a 1911 until later down the road but that may just be the ticket.

Sobriquet
06-20-2010, 8:55 PM
Heckler & Koch USP in .45. You can either get it set up for a lefty or ambi.

robcoe
06-20-2010, 10:20 PM
Ruger P90 and P345

DannyZRC
06-20-2010, 10:34 PM
HK45 and USP both have lefty/righty/ambi control levers available and ambi mag catch.

HK45 also has an ambi slide catch.

in 9/40/357, there is the HK P2000 which doesn't have a safety available (either DA or LEM) but is ambi.

XD45 has ambi mag catch, models equipped with safeties are ambi, non-ambi slide catch.
XD's grip safety is, IMO, equal to an exposed hammer for safe handling.

I have a P2000 in 9mm w/ LEM trigger, and I find it very agreeable in either hand (I am left handed) at least as far as feeling, I string vertically with my right hand :p

HCz
06-20-2010, 10:54 PM
HK P2000

the Scholar
06-20-2010, 11:07 PM
Any of the newer body HK's. I had an H&K P30L before moving to California, it would have been great for lefties. My HK45 has an external safety on it but it can be switched from the left side to the right side for lefties as well.

NorCal_
06-21-2010, 8:37 AM
MP series is fairly lefty friendly but if you want an even friendlier lefty with a hammer I would suggest FN's .45 .

FUBAR
06-21-2010, 9:36 AM
Second the HK USP or Compact

Woodworker2
06-21-2010, 10:43 AM
A two other ambi .45s:

1. EAA Witness "large frame" (Tanfoglio). Not on the Roster, but available if you look around. Some already come with ambi features; if not these are easily retro-fitted. The real plus with this pistol is great Factory backing and a wide variety of optional calibers (that are very easy to swap); .22lr, 9mm, 38 super, 40S&W, 10mm, 45 acp all share the same frame.

2. Taurus 945. Sort of a "commander" size 92, except in .45.

Back to the standard 1911, with some practice you can learn operate the magazine release with your left hand trigger finger or middle finger. It would also be wise to spend some time shooting right handed too; you never know when it might be required.

orangeusa
06-21-2010, 12:14 PM
i think the ruger p90 is what you are looking for

Yes, the P90 is what you seek. I'm a lefty and P90 is great. The decocker is ambi and very large. Great value too!! I got mine for $420 NIB (not out the door, but that was the price a year ago). They sell here regularly and are a very sturdy and ACCURATE gun. You might be very surprised.

I much prefer mag releases on the left and release with trigger finger. It's much easier (to me). I originally swapped the mag release on my 92FS and swapped it back. AND, if you borrow someone elses gun at a range, no issues getting used to it....

Oh, BTW - if in the mood for a 9mm or .40 S&W - Beretta 92FS or 96(FS) are pretty nice guns ! (for lefties)

Ultimate
06-21-2010, 1:42 PM
I'd like to hear about some southpaw friendly pistols. I'm in the market for a .45 but not a 1911 right now. I like exposed hammers, full size frames, and I have big hands so I prefer wider grips. My biggest problem so far has been manipulation of controls designed for a right handed person. I've found out that I can work the controls of the M&P series but I don't care for the feel of the gun or lack of external hammer. On the hand I like the feel of Sig p220 but the slide release & safety/decocker is out of reach for me. I'm liking the looks of FN's FNX series but they're not on the roster here yet. Any thoughts from fellow southpaws?
Thanks,
Kevin

Get a Sig P220 Carry Single action only. Don't have to worry about the decocker, and the safety is ambidextrous, and release the slide by sling shotting.

Here is a pic,

http://www.sigsauer.com/upFiles/catalog/product/P220-CARRY-SAO-detail-L.jpg

sprintcar
06-21-2010, 7:29 PM
Yes, I've drooled over that one before, I have a 75b. I was at Bass pro today and they said they never stock the 97. Is the 97 off roster or is Bass pro just being a PITA as usual?

Thanks for all of the replies. I wasn't planning on a 1911 until later down the road but that may just be the ticket.

TDS in Rocklin has one on the shelf as of last week.

winnre
06-21-2010, 7:38 PM
Is there a 1911 or other auto that ejects to the left?

theneko
06-22-2010, 7:04 AM
Left handed 1911's are very hard to find. Caspian made a few and there aqre a few custom jobs, but not easy to locate. OP should be fine with a 1911 with an ambi safety.

As others said, the FNX is not on the roster but the FNP is (9mm and maybe .40 but not .45 though). That is one of the few sa/da pistols with the decocker on the right side of the gun. The Sig P250 although DAO is my only gun where I can get to the slide release with my left thumb (it is ambi).

1911whore
06-22-2010, 7:10 AM
Anything with AMBI controls, HK usp , hk p30(not rostered), and the infamous Walther p5 to name a few

mike100
06-22-2010, 7:26 AM
A lot of the HK's have been offered in ambi configurations..especially the newest ones that are difficult to obtain here in CA.

USP ELITE and EXPERT varieties might work for you.