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    Looking for help selecting a handgun that would be a good choice if it will be shared by a lefty (me), and a righty (my son).

    Thoughts?

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    My recommendation would be the Stoeger Cougar

    http://www.stoegerindustries.com/fir...ger_cougar.php

    I like mine just fine. Has ambidextrous safety, comes in .40 or 9mm.

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    kwiebe wrote:
    Looking for help selecting a handgun that would be a good choice if it will be shared by a lefty (me), and a righty (my son).

    Thoughts?
    Really depends on what you want to pay.

    HK USPs have ambi controls including a nice ambi mag catch

    1911's have ambi controls for the most part and aftermarket ones can be added for those that don't

    I'll have to go home and look at my Beretta 96, I think it has them but I'm not sure about ambi mag catch capabilities.

    The three I mentioned are all good guns but prices vary widely. The USP's are at least $750 new last time I checked. The 1911's can be had for about $500 with ambi controls. The beretta can probably be found a little cheaper.


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    Brass Magnet wrote:
    kwiebe wrote:
    Looking for help selecting a handgun that would be a good choice if it will be shared by a lefty (me), and a righty (my son).

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    I'll have to go home and look at my Beretta 96, I think it has them but I'm not sure about ambi mag catch capabilities.

    Slide catch and brass ejection is right handed though I believe.
    On the Beretta 92/96 its really easy to reverse the magazine release button. You just take it out and put it in the other way!

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    Taurus PT-1911

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    S&W 642 in .38 special with crimson laser grips

    I have this as my bug, and the major consideration in selection was that it was shootable from either hand.
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    Revolver choices can be easy, as stated above. If you get a semi auto get one that has ambidextrous safety and mag releases.

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    Springfield XD has an ambi mag release and no manual safety to worry about.

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    Any wheel gun will fill this bill and the only safety is the one on your shoulders.

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    My C&R CZ vz-82 has ambidextrous controls. both safety and mag release.
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    autosurgeon wrote:
    My C&R CZ vz-82 has ambidextrous controls. both safety and mag release.
    I've got a CZ82 myself. I never put the safety on, since it can't be put on safety unless the gun is cocked.


    When it isn't cocked, there is a hammer block that prevents the hammer from striking the firing pin, that is activated by the trigger. It's as simple todraw and fireas aDA revolver, butcarries more rounds and the only "longpull" is the first round.

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    why would a liberal want to share a gun with a conservative?

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    Try a 1911. My carry piece is a Kimber Tactical Custom II and it has the ambi safety. I'm a righty but I've shot it left handed before and it's not bad. Both the slide release and mag release are on the left side of the gun but are easily manipulated with the left hand.
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    FogRider wrote:
    Springfield XD has an ambi mag release and no manual safety to worry about.
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    MirkoCrocop wrote:
    why would a liberal want to share a gun with a conservative?


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    I'm left handed, but shoot "right handed" pistols (mostly SIGs) just fine. Revolvers are another matter. I stay away from revolvers as a lefty as I need to change hands to reload. Might be inconvenient in a stressful moment.

    Analyzing the controls for a moment, SIG's have no manual safety, so no lefty/righty issue there.

    Slide release is irrelevant as I grab the back of the slide and let it fly forward and ignore the slide release lever, so no lefty/righty issue there, either.

    Magazine release is on the left side. If shooting two handed, I can just use the index or middle finger of the non-shooting hand to hit the slide release, or the trigger or middle finger of the shooting hand.

    I actually prefer "right handed" pistols. When an injury forced me to shoot right-handed for several months, I found that my trigger finger got in the way of the Crimson Trace laser more often than not.

    With the exception of revolvers, where the cylinder opening out to the left could be a real issue, you might find the "right handed gun" thing to be fairly small.

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    The Ruger SR9 has ambidextrous mag release and safety. It also has an adjustable backstrap on the grip. I think it's a good bang for the buck semi-auto 9mm. There have been some teething issues with the earlier production runs, but I'm very happy with mine.



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    you can use a normal Glock left handed. It's actually easier.

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    Bravo_Sierra wrote:
    you can use a normal Glock left handed. It's actually easier.
    Why is that & easier than what?

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    price range? caliber? would suggest a 1911 w an abi safety. another good one is the s&w mp, the magazine release can be easily changed from left to right hand shooters. Not very time consuming but not very practical if you guys are going out to shoot and are continuiously handing the gun back and forth. Ide say at the very least look for an abi safety that way both of u can use the gun w little to no hassle.

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    I really loved my Desert Eagle due to its full Ambi everything, But carrying it was almost impossible with toting it in a wheelbarrow due to it's heft!

    I did not like the CZ's or the EAA's thati triedbecuase they were difficult for me (Southpaw shooter, but righty for everything else) to operate safeties and mag releases. Glock may have worked, but I could not find a comfortable grip or aim on the ones I fired. But they have lots of add-ons to make them special for you.

    I chose the Springield XD-m, it is designed for a righty, but everything I need to operate is very easy for me to reach without changing hands. The trigger/grip safety makes firing it quicka non-issue. Nothing to fiddle with, point and shoot just like a glock but with an added grip safety that is barely noticable.

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    Nutczak wrote:
    I chose the Springield XD-m, it is designed for a righty, but everything I need to operate is very easy for me to reach without changing hands.
    Huh? No... the XD(M) is ambidextrous. Are you referring the ammo ejecting to the right side which will be no different on any other handgun?

    The grip and magazine release is ambidextrous, which is all you should need.
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    insane.kangaroo wrote:
    Nutczak wrote:
    I chose the Springield XD-m, it is designed for a righty, but everything I need to operate is very easy for me to reach without changing hands.
    Huh? No... the XD(M) is ambidextrous. Are you referring the ammo ejecting to the right side which will be no different on any other handgun?

    The grip and magazine release is ambidextrous, which is all you should need.
    Maybe you could show me the ambidextrous slide lock on my Xd-m then? becuase I am not seeing it.

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