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Old 10-22-2010, 8:22 PM
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Default Ambidextrous Pistol Recommendations?

My wife is right-handed, I'm left-handed. For simplicity sake, we plan to purchase matching pistols (same ammo, same magazines, same cleaning/maintenance/etc...)

For simplicity's sake, we figure it's best if the pistols are truly ambidextrous, not just available in both handedness or swappable between right/left like the Storm pistols.

So, can anyone suggest pistols that we should look at prior to purchasing that are:
1: semi-automatic
2: ambidextrous
3: available in at least two of 9mm, .40, .45

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Old 10-22-2010, 8:28 PM
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Old 10-22-2010, 8:33 PM
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Hk P2000.
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Old 10-22-2010, 8:39 PM
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Walther P99
1911 w/ambi safeties
HK USP
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Old 10-22-2010, 8:47 PM
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I would go with Glocks. Hitting the mag release with the left index finger is actually easier than right handed with the thumb. All manulipations of the slide can be done with the off hand. The only thing a lefty would have to swap hands for is typicaly to lock the slide open, but thats common with most guns. I don't know of any with ambi slide stops/release.having the fewest bells, whistles, levers and buttons naturaly makes the Glocks more ambidextrious overall.
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Old 10-22-2010, 8:50 PM
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I would say HK P200, No safeties (DAO) and the slide stop and mag release are truly on both sides. A little pricey but you are trying to be specialized. Good luck with what ever you choose.
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Old 10-22-2010, 8:56 PM
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I'm a lefty and I love my P2000, the mag release and slide stop are super conveniently located.
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I'm pretty sure you can switch the mag release on the S&W M&P to whichever side you need.
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ya i'm a lefty too. i chose the USP. the slide release is massive so that helps with reloads. i also added the ambi safety.
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Only FNP I'm aware of that are ambi is the FNP45, which happens to not be on the roster...
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Only FNP I'm aware of that are ambi is the FNP45, which happens to not be on the roster...
Check out my signature. Its Ambi. and transferable in California.
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I'm left handed, my wife and daughters are right handed. Glocks and 1911s with ambi safeties work well for us. There's no need to change hands or grips for a left hander to lock the slide open on a Glock or a 1911, it's all training and practice. I've handled the S&W M&P, it should be no problem either. I've also handled XDs, they should work for both of you also.
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CZ75B -SA Has large ambi safety, shoots like a dream. .40 version also has ambi safety.
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I'm pretty sure you can switch the mag release on the S&W M&P to whichever side you need.
The problem with switching is we'd have a left-handed gun and a right-handed gun in the house. If the gun is ambidexterous (or, at least, MOSTLY ambi, I can handle the odd slide release or something) then we can both train to use both pistols interchangeably.

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Check out my signature. Its Ambi. and transferable in California.
Sadly, I need two, and I don't have $3k for a pair. ;-(

Thanks, all! I'll make a list and try to check them all out.
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Not sure if it's on the list, but the FNX-9 is completely ambidextrous.
I was looking into it before I purchased my current firearm as I am a
lefty also.
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FNP 45
FNX series
HK pistols from USP series and higher.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:21 AM
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:24 AM
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Glock,
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Old 10-23-2010, 6:25 AM
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I shoot both right handed and left handed (natural lefty-right eye dominant).
Its all a matter of training-I use Glocks and 1911 frames. Also a 686 7 shot revolver never minds when I shoot it lefty or righty.

Bolt actions should be the only issue!
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Glocks don't have frame mounted safeties and are very simple and easy to use. Not too expensive either. That would be the choice for me if I were in your situation.
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My M&P 9mm is the most left-handed friendly gun I've ever shot. Comes in many cartridges if 9mm not your thing. Decent price and US made.
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Xd it has a ambi mag release. And the slide release is easily reached with left index. I'm left handed and my wife is right and we both shoot it just fine.
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Lefty here and a Glock owner. No issues.
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I think the Smith and Wesson M&P is a gun you should definitely take a look at. It has slide releases on both sides (90% sure) and the mag release can be swapped in a minute from left to right or right to left. However, the main seller since it must fit both a man and woman's hand is that it has interchangeable backstraps - small, medium and large - so she could have small and you could have medium or large on yours, just a thought. Check it out at the gun shop and I bet you'll like it.

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Lefty here, and Glock user. Like it was posted earlier, all it takes is the right training. Plus they're cheap enough not to break the bank for a pair. Best recommendation would be to go to a range with the wife and rent several to see what works for the both of you.
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Old 10-23-2010, 5:32 PM
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