Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part III)

Posted on February 23rd, by Michael in Advice, Lefty, Tactical. No Comments

By now, you’re probably thinking “boy, it seems like there’s an awful lot of difficult manipulations involved with semi-autos that aren’t very easy for lefties,” and maybe you’re considering that switching to a wheel-gun may simplify your world somewhat.  Because after all, if you have spent any time in gun stores, you have heard the sacred mantra: “Ohm myree volva neva jammmm” …sorry, bad Yoga joke.  I appreciate your thought process, but the fact is that nothing really gets easier with the wheel gun, especially for southpaws.   While it is true you won’t wind up with a stovepipe or double-feed in your revolver, I won’t go so far as to say they never jam, which is the common misconception.  There are a few ways revolvers can and do malfunction, the majority being ammunition induced, which can be all but eliminated by using … Read More »

Sinister Studies, Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part 2)

Posted on February 16th, by Michael in Advice, Lefty, Tactical. 1 Comment

In the previous article, we addressed basic 2-handed manipulations of common semi-automatic handguns for left-hand dominant shooters.  Now let’s talk about one-handed manipulations specific to the left hand.  As a left or right-handed shooter, who knows which hand you will have to use for this?  For the sake of argument, let’s say that it is the left hand, as right-handed manipulations have been covered more than adequately by other sources.  Keep in mind that this is increasing the level of difficulty, so a corresponding increase of good sense is needed while practicing or executing these moves to prevent injury to yourself or someone else, maybe someone you don’t intend to injure, so…be careful.

Gripping a hand-gun with one hand typically encourages a slight cant (left or right tilt) inward while shooting with the arm extended.  As a lefty, this slight cant … Read More »

Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part 1)

Posted on February 9th, by Michael in Advice, Lefty, Tactical. 7 comments

For the left-handed shooter, aligning the sights and pressing the trigger may look like a mirror-image activity of a right-handed shooter, and physically it may be, but psychologically… well, we’ll get into that later.    The physical firearms manipulations preceding and following the actual act of shooting, however, can be significantly different for the southpaw marksman depending on the type of firearm used.     At the time of this writing, I have been a firearms instructor for about 7 years, but I have been a recreational and competitive shooter for over 30 years.  For almost 20 years I have worked as a full-time industrial safety professional, which has afforded me a great deal of experience with ergonomics and particularly the ergonomics of hand tools.     More appropriate to this article, I have spent almost 4 decades experiencing the full benefits and challenges of … Read More »

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