Being a southpaw and a shooter presents many challenges. You can either try to learn to shoot right-handed, you can use a right-handed rifle left-handed, or you can buy one of the few left-hand rifles.
Most of us lefties simply cannot shoot right-handed. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn shooting with my wrong hand. If we could use our right hands, we wouldn’t be called lefties!
Shooting a right-hand rifle left-handed is easier, but definitely not perfect. With a bolt action rifle, for example, you must get used to reaching up and over to work the bolt between shots. It’s not very quick or efficient. Plus, of course, you have to get used to shell casing ejecting in your face.
Left-hand rifles make shooting much easier. The rifle controls are finally where they should be, for us.
The selection of left-hand rifles has always been minimal, but luckily there are still quite a few good options on the market.
Left Hand Rifles
DPMS manufactures the Southpaw Panther, which is a high-quality AR-15 type rifle modified to eject on the left.
DPMS also offers the Artic Panther as a left-handed rifle.
Savage Arms manufactures the high-quality Model 10FLP left-hand police sniper rifle. The Model 10FLP is available in .223 Remington (5.56mm) and .380 Winchester (7.62mm) calibers.
|Savage Arms Model 10FLP Specifications|
|Magazine Capacity||4 rounds|
|Stock||Black synthetic with positive checkering, dual pillar bedding|
|Sights||Drilled and tapped for scope mounts|
|Rifling Rate of Twist||223 Rem (1 in 9″)
308 Win (1 in 10″)
|Features||AccuTrigger, matte blued barreled action, heavy free-floating and button-rifled barrel with internal box magazine and swivel stud for bipod|
In addition, Savage Arms also manufactures quite a few of their high-quality hunting rifles in left-hand models:
- 12 Varminter Low Pro
- 12 FLV
Ruger Firearms manufactures the quality M77 Mark II Left Handed rifle.
The Ruger M77 Mark II Left-Hand Rifle is available in .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .30-06 Springfield.
Remington manufactures several variations of their popular Model 700 in left-hand versions, including:
- Model 700 CDL
- Model 700 VSF
- Model 700 Safari
- Model 700 Custom KS Mountain Rifle
- Model 40-XB
- Model 40-XB KS
Beretta Sako 75
Beretta manufactures left-hand versions of their Sako 75 Hunter series rifles.
The left-handed Sako 75 Hunter is available in .25-06, .270 Winchester, and .30-06 Springfield.
|Sako 75 Specifications|
|Barrel Length||22 and 7/8″|
|Magazine Capacity||5 rounds|
The Dakota Arms Model 76 is a premier-grade hunting rifle available in an extensive range of popular calibers, from .22-250 to .450 Dakota.
The Dakota Arms Model 76 combines a pre-64 Winchester Model 70 action with a Mauser-type extractor.
The Dakota Arms Predator is a premier-grade varmint rifle available in an extensive range of popular varmint calibers, from .17 VarTang to 6.5 Grendel.
Lazzeroni manufactures left-hand versions of most of their premium-grade hunting rifles, including:
- Lazzeroni Arms L2005SLT – Short Magnum, Light
- Lazzeroni Arms L2005LLT – Long Magnum Light
- Lazzeroni Arms L2005LLR – Long Magnum, Special Long Range
- Lazzeroni Arms L2005SDG – Short Magnum, Dangerous Game
- Lazzeroni Arms L2005LDG – Long Magnum, Dangerous Game
The ArmaLite AR-50 is a single shot bolt action rifle with a unique octagonal receiver bedded into an aluminum stock. The AR-50 is equipped with a modified M16 type vertical pistol grip and a removable buttstock.
The AR-50 is available in a left-hand version to accomodate Southpaw snipers.
|ArmaLite AR-50 Specifications|
|Receiver form||Modified octagonal form, drilled and slotted for scope rail|
|Bolt||Triple front locking lug|
|Ejector||Spring loaded plunger, automatic ejection|
|Trigger||Schillen standard single stage|
|Barrel||31″ tapered, 8 groove rh 1:15 inch twist|
|Muzzle device||Cylindrical multiflute recoil check|
|Stock||3 section: extruded forend, machined grip with vertical grip, forged and machined removable buttstock|
|Buttplate||Vertically adjustable, specially built for heavy calibers|
|Finish||Manganese phosphated steel, hard anodized aluminum|