GUN Why do handgun manufacturers tout ambidextrious mag releases and decockers but....

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  1. SlowNegative

    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    most don't offer a slide release on the right hand side of the gun for the thumb on my left hand :confused: . It sucks being a left handed shooter
     
  2. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Because not all guns are ambidextrous. :dunno:
     
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    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    The vast majority aren't designed at all for a left handed shooter. While decockers and mag releases on both sides of the gun are becoming more and more common, it seems little thought has been given to the slide release. It doesn't seem unreasonable for the weapon to have a groove on each side of the slide and then giving the shooter the option on which side of the gun to place the release (perhaps by quickly breaking it down).
     
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    southpaw ftl
     
  5. Ivy Mike

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    Most guns eject from the right side and they may not want to have to make magazines for both once they've been making them one way for years.
     
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    they'd also have to redo the extractors too which would require different slides and other bits.
     
  7. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    because you should do it the proper way and sling shot it
     
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    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    What he said.







    :eek3: :run:
     
  9. RonJeremey

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    Yes it does :( I can operate my G19 just fine in the left hand, but it's akward... and tough to find decent left side holsters, etc. etc... So i changed over to right hand shooting a couple weeks ago... I think I'm doing OK at 15 yards:

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    Ok I cheated a little... I'm semi-ambidextrious... I swing a bat lefty, but I hold my hockey stick righty, use a mouse righty... Try it out... Usually a good idea to atleast be able to shoot with both anyways right?

    Oh yeah, that's only 32 rounds, the 33 round magazine was not used there.
     
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    youd have to change the follower on the mag too, thats what holds the slide open after the last shot
     
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    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    Last time I went to the batting cages I tried lefty and was hitting better than right (in the medium speed softball cage:mamoru: )....I might try shooting left next time I go, but since I'm right eyed it may be weird.
     
  13. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    Just about everyone makes lefty...especially if you have a G19
     
  14. Ivy Mike

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    Any reason thats the "proper" way and the slide release is not?
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    I don't have time to get into tactical 101 with you. You rely on fine motor skills in a fight and you will die.
     
  16. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    For once I agree with P_T.

    Even though he's being a dick about it as always.
     
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    Notice how the USP trigger bar is located on the right, across from the slide release. No way to make this an ambi release....

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  18. Vermincelli

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    Look at the HK 2000 Sub for a true leftie gun. Too bad it's way overpriced as well.
    The slide stop isn't really a slide release. It's true design is to lock the slide back when you empty a mag. It puts strain on the internal parts when used as a release (course companies have beefed up the part so that it will function as a release). on many models though when the slide locks, it's not all the way back so when you go to chamber a round, sometimes it will not go all the way into battery. By "slingshotting" the slide, you get the full compression of the spring to make sure the round is chambered and in full battery.

    Then again, as a leftie I usually just reach up with my trigger finger and hit the slide stop :)
     

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