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Are ambidextrous controls important to your firearms preps?

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I for the life of me can't understand why there aren't more ambidextrous firearms out of the box. I never understood why the military too, after all this time still doesn't put ambi controls as a standard on issue weapons like the M4 and M16 when there are so many lefthanded users and a person can need to switch to weakhand shooting for better cover or being hurt. I finally got around to changing out my charging handle on my AR-15 to an ambi charging handle after deciding it was just better off in speed of manipulation, having it instead of always working around the standard charging handle as a lefty, because it was standard. Now the rifle is set up with that and the shortened modified ambi safety. The magazine release and bcg release are useable for both, but I may change them out. I've had lots of AR's and always left them, but is it the best choice. I went to the range with a buddy the other day and taught him to run the AR having never fired one before. He loved it of course and wants one bad now. He doesn't have much firearms experience though, but they are a good rifle and he ran it well for the first time. The added ambi controls makes it very useable for both users whether righty or lefty and I think that's important in shtf firearm preps seeing how you may need have someone run a weapon you have and they may be a lefty or a righty. How do you feel about it?
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I am sure the President agrees with you. Remember he shoots skeet "all the time", but he just has that right-handed Citori. You would think Browning would be pretty happy to have the endorsement of the President of the United States shooting one of their guns "all the time" and they would have thought to send him the left-handed model...

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You would think. That "I like Wookies, Nobel prize winner for doing nothing but being a scumbag liar" Obamalamadingdong thinks we actually believe he supports guns too and shoots skeet regularly is nothing but laughable. :lol:
I like neutral guns but most revolvers aren't to me which is one of the reasons I don't have any. Most modern revolvers have a righthanded cylinder release and release to the left for a righty to eject the shells and reload with. Some manufacturers do a lefty model, but than you're still not getting ambi, your getting dedicated. I'm looking at getting a bear and wild animal based sidearm to carry into the north deep woods in the future and that's a problem for me seeing as the best calibers to have for that seem to be .44 magnum and others normally dedicated to revolvers. I may have to go hardcore and buy a Desert Eagle.
I've learned to manipulate them also as a lefty, but it's still not optimum. It's adapting skills and that's good, but seconds count and I can manipulate controls for a lefty way faster than righty controls. Especially a safety.

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It's funny. I'm left handed but I only have decent sight in my right eye. I some vision out of my left but am considered legally blind in that eye. I've been that way since birth. That means I shoot pistols left handed and rifles right handed. Switching weapons is not a problem for me. That being said I wish more pistols had ambi safeties at least.

Is that open for debate???????

I agree, we are smarter, better lookin............I have also heard that the majority of Presidents, scientists and scholars are left handed. And yet lefties are only about 7% of the population.
Don't forget we're also more ambidextrous being forced to deal with weak handed tasks more, which makes us better in bed I'm told because we can use both hands so well. :mrgreen:
I'm also left handed. I learned to shoot back in the dark ages and all firearms were right handed. The only dedicated lefty gun I own is a Savage bolt action 22 magnum. The only amidexterous gun I have is one of my 1911's, and that's just the safety. The mag release on a 1911 is real easy to manipulate with your trigger finger.
It is true that I prefer revolvers, lever action rifles and those that have a Garand-style safety, and shotguns that have tang mounted safeties.
Perhaps that's why today my .223 rifle is a Mini 14.
Switching from the M-14 to the M-16 was problematic, that dadburned selector switch was awkward.
The M14 is a pretty good lefty rifle to me. I wish they issued me one in the 82nd when I was in, but it didn't happen. the safety is ambi, same as the mag release and a change out to an extended bolt stop can make it much more right handed friendly for releasing the locked back bolt on an empty mag. One very important purchase for me coming up is replacing the Scout M1A I foolishly sold off.
I have a southpaw friend that has shot an Ithaca M37 shotgun for years. When he found out the safety button could be switched for lefties he had it done. Totally screwed with his head. Apparently the years of muscle memory he had built up were not easy to overcome. The bird takes flight he puts the safety on, the pheasants love him and his cuss jar sees it's share of quarters.
At least he always has money for tolls.
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