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What's a good handgun for a relatively small-handed lefty?

Two things working against me here: I'm left-handed, and my hand size falls in the region of "smaller" than "larger".

Most guns I've fired, have the magazine release and safety on the wrong side of the gun for me to use easily.

I'm looking for something relatively low-maintenance (i.e. I don't want to have to take the whole thing apart for cleaning after every trip to the range). I'm accepting suggestions in both 9mm and .22, don't have a strong preference between the two.

I figure, there's got to be someone on here who is in the same boat.
Old 01-18-2009, 02:26 PM jkoebel is offline  
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The Smith & Wesson M&P full size has an Ambidextrous magazine release, and has different grips that come with it for adjusting to hand size.

If the full-size is too big for you, the subcompact may fit better.
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do you want it for self defense or plinking? that makes a huge difference.

also, if you ever plan on using it for self defense then you definately want to clean it after every trip to the range.
Old 01-18-2009, 07:59 PM CommiePunk is offline  
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I personally have wood for CZ pistols, so would suggest a CZ-85. It's a full-size pistol but generally regarded as one of the best for small hands, owing to control placement and grip shape. The CZ-85 is the ambidextrous version of the CZ-75, and has ambi safety and slide release, and a reversible mag release button so you can set it up for lefty.

Comes in 9mm and .40, with fixed or adjustible sights, in a few different finishes.

Also one of the most reliable pistols ever built. The AK of handguns.
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HK P30 for a 9mm.
Old 01-20-2009, 12:21 PM DarkHelmet is offline  
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"You should REALLY look into smith & wesson's M&P line. They are getting really good reviews.

If you're looking for looks and romanticism, look elsewhere.

50,000 rounds in six months!

http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread....ight=endurance

You can switch the mag release to the other side + put in the smallest grip panel. Screw the need for an ambi slide release, just rack the slide.
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also, if you ever plan on using it for self defense then you definately want to clean it after every trip to the range.
you also definitely don't want a .22

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.22 isn't enough for a self-defense weapon. In 9mm there are a ton of options to check into.

Springfield XD-9, Sig-Sauer P226, Beretta Cougar 8000, Beretta 92FS, M9, Beretta 90-Two, Beretta PX4 Storm, Walther P99, etc. The 1911 can be had in 9mm though I don't care for it, the CZ-85, is also another possible choice as is the Smith & Wesson M&P.

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you know, this really is a shitty post, it says nothing, it doesn't even use the whole name of the manufacturer

+1, I was gonna say that.



My sis wants to get a .22 for home defense and I made fun of her.

That's like asking for a steak knife to bring to a sword battle cuz it's easier to use.

You can kill with it I suppose, maybe if they're unarmed or sleeping...
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hk makes several pistols in adapted lefty versions, but i have actually seen TRUE lefty 1911's in 9mm before, but they were not cheap.
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hk makes several pistols in adapted lefty versions, but i have actually seen TRUE lefty 1911's in 9mm before, but they were not cheap.

Well any gun with an ambi safety can work left or right handed. Most guns out there can have the mag release swapped over for lefties and though the slide release is on the left side of the gun, just train to load your mag, and pull back on the slide to release it.
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I really like the M&P5. I tried one out at the local range. The subcompact version was too easy, and even the larger model wasn't bad.

It's def the front runner so far.
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you really don't need to clean any good quality handgun very often. I went about 18 months without cleaning my beretta once . my xd is the same, same with glocks. If you're using really nasty ammo then you might want to clean more frequently.

As to size look for something with interchangable backstraps. FNP series has interchangable back straps. M&P does as well I believe.
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you really don't need to clean any good quality handgun very often. I went about 18 months without cleaning my beretta once . my xd is the same, same with glocks. If you're using really nasty ammo then you might want to clean more frequently.

As to size look for something with interchangable backstraps. FNP series has interchangable back straps. M&P does as well I believe.

...... no


also I'm left handed and I shoot a S&W revolver. the 357 is just too sexy.
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