Lately I’ve been catching a bit of flak from southpaw shooters because they’re essentially having to translate my shooting reviews into the leftinese language, something that seems easier for lefties to do than righties because we live in a right handed world. Did you know more than 2,500 deaths occur in the world each year alone due to left handed folks using equipment intended for right handed humans?
That fact was true about 8 or so years ago the first time I heard it so the numbers may have changed, but I digress. It’s been a discipline I’ve had on my list of to-dos for the past several months to get serious about that. Practicing weak side shooting both one handed and two handed. Why? Well, what if my right arm is out of commission? Maybe you remember a year ago after my right wrist was broken in a bicycle accident I spent a lot of time on the left side while shooting handguns because the recoil sent an excruciating pain from my thumb to my elbow when I used my strong hand.
Most of you if you’re anything like the majority of the right handed world feel half retarded when trying to take appropriate mechanical measures while firing a gun left handed. I’ve shot trap and sporting clays with a pump shotgun left handed since middle school. Partly for the challenge and partly because I enjoy showboating, so long guns aren’t as much of an issue for me. Left handed pistol shooting however is a whole different ballgame. My feet get discombobulated, my shoulders are off and shooting with one or both eyes feels like a fully confused rubix cube.
A couple months ago I posted a review of my buddy Steve’s FNX-40 pistol and did so by showing what it felt like while going southpaw for a magazine. You can see my surprise and ill response to the first couple of rounds whose recoil surprised me in a big way. I settled into it but it was evident that my technique needs a lot of work.
Ironically my intention behind this post isn’t even about my technique. It’s about doing my best to make my reviews practical for all types of shooters, this especially applies to our maladroit friends too. If I do a better job of shooting right handed weapons left handed, those oft forgotten members of our community could perhaps see some results that may help them make informed purchases on less ambidextrous friendly firearms.
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