Left Handed Gun Shooting as you may have guessed takes a little bit more training
and skill than shooting right handed. Most guns and pistols are geared toward firing a gun with your right handed.
Also, most training is not developed for lefties. Ross Lane is an EHow contributor and wrote an article to clarify
the differences and techniques for being left handed. The article is entitled
"About Left Handed Pistol Shooting".
Significantly more people are right-handed in the world. Due to the predominance of right-handed
people, many aspects of life are organized and designed toward those favoring their right side. Shooting a pistol
is no different, with many weapons being better suited for right-handed people and many trainers being more
accustomed to working with shooters firing from the right side.
Statistics and Prejudice
Paul Castle and George Whitfield, the Chief Instructors for Sabre Tactical Training, estimate
that nine out of 10 people are right-handed. This statistic makes it highly unlikely that many
conventional pistol shooting techniques and products are going to account for the left-handed
person. Therefore, many left-handers are going to have to adapt to existing options.
In addition to being forced to adapt to a right-handed world, left-handed people have been a
source of prejudice and mistrust for centuries. The left hand has been associated with being the
side of the devil, and the word "left" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "lyft" meaning "weak" or
Differences of Left-Handed Shooters
Left-handed shooters tend to organize their shooting style in the opposite fashion of standard
right-handed people. A left-hander will carry his pistol on his left side and his ammunition clips
on the right, essentially resembling a mirror image of a right-handed fighter. The United States
Marine Corps reflects this tendency in its pistol training manual, specifying that left-handed
Marines should reverse all instructions in the manual.
Pistol Types and Left-Handedness
For the left-handed shooter, some pistol types are more effective than others. Gun Week
author R.K. Campbell suggests that left-handed shooters choose semi-automatic pistols, due to
the easier access of their safety and magazine releases, especially on modern Beretta, Browning
and Smith and Wesson models.
Effectiveness of Left-Handed Shooting
Left-handed shooters have a number of advantages over more orthodox shooters. Since left-handed
people are forced to cope with right-handed practices and equipment, they are more capable of
adapting to varied shooting conditions and circumstances. Left-handers also have an advantage when
shooting semi-automatic weaponry against a barricade, because the side ejection port on the pistol
faces away from the barricade, ejecting the empty cartridge freely. For right-handed shooters
leaning against a barricade, the empty cartridges may bounce back into the ejection port, jamming
Tips for Left-Handed Shooters
For left-handed people shooting in a right-handed world, many will have to cope with equipment
designed for righties. Some guns are designed with neutral handling in mind, but they remain a
small percentage. Therefore left-handers can follow a few tips to make shooting more friendly.
Specially ordering pistols with left-handed shooting in mind is possible, but R.K. Campbell
suggests choosing pistols and holsters with more friendly left-handed access. In competition
shooting, keeping the left-hander on the left side of the team will offer the shooter the full
range of ability.
With a little practice and choosing left handed friendly guns you can shoot as well as anyone. As with most
things in the right handed world once southpaws figure it out we are usually better than righties.
Left handed gun shooting can be a fun sport or hobby.