Re: left hand options for long range rifle?
Food for the thinker:
Why bother with a LH rifle? You'll pay more, for more hassle and for FAR LESS efficient & accurate shooting form.....
I have been shooting for 34 years as natural south paw and never once in my life have owned ANY left handed firearm. (but have owned many with amb- safties..)
And I CERTAINLY would not want one in a bolt action for long range work. With me being a lefty, shooting a right hand bolt- the bolt handle is -right there- for my non shooting hand to work, and I do not have to break position or cheek weld to cycle the bolt or load the arm- which of course allows me to constantly be looking across/through my sights at the target while conducting business with the bolt. It really is win-win.
The only thing to watch for is to make sure the RH rifle is in a LH friendly stock- that is make sure if it has an adjustable cheek piece that there are not thumbscrews on the right side of the stock, where your face needs to be. Make sure it is not one of those fancy Monte-Carlo "comb-over" butts as I call them- they just don't work while driving from the other side.
Try it, you'll like it.
Recently I found this was old news to left handed men that have gone before me: Left-handed USMC Sniper CPL. James Rock (issued a standard Right-Hand M40 sniper rifle, circa 1983) comment the following in the book "Trigger Men" ISBN-10:0-312-35456-8. Page 176
[Talking about his first few days in USMC sniper school as a lefty, with a RH rifle}
"Being a left-hander, I discovered during the course turned out being an advantage instead of a handicap. Since the forend of the weapon was normally supported by a sand bag or something similar a lefty can maintain his firing hand on the grip, his cheek welded and his firing position WHILE operating the bolt with his right hand, some thing a right handed shooter simply can not do."
-Tres @ WildernessMeans.com
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Last edited by tresmon; 04-20-2010 at 03:37 PM..