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Old 12-28-2019, 07:42 PM   #1
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I'm left eye dominant and have always owned/shot right handed rifles since I was a kid and thats what I'm used to. I never thought anything of it until I read an article about how it could be dangerous shooting a right hand rifle left handed. This theory was based on if there was a malfunction "explosion" the lefties face would be more exposed on the bullet ejection side of the rifle vs a righty. I'm about to buy a new rifle and this is now playing a factor into my decision. Is there any truth to this? I would prefer to stick with a right handed rifle....but I also look like Brad Pitt and don't want to damage my complexion.
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:48 PM   #2
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Can it be dangerous? Sure. Far less dangerous than many things most of us do on a daily basis though.

Buy a lefty because working a lefty bolt as a lefty shooter is cleaner movement wise.
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:54 PM   #3
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well... what are the odds of an explosion? how many rounds ar fired vs. a malfunction that causes damage...

I am the same as you. Left eye dominant. I shoot a rifle left handed, a bow right handed. None of my guns are left handed guns. I think a rifle malfunction is real low on my concern list.

I have an old savage 30-06 right handed action with a left handed Boyd's thumhole stock. shoots great.
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:04 PM   #4
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I am lefty and have never shot a left hand rifle


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Old 12-28-2019, 08:08 PM   #5
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I'm left eye dominant and have always owned/shot right handed rifles since I was a kid and thats what I'm used to. I never thought anything of it until I read an article about how it could be dangerous shooting a right hand rifle left handed. This theory was based on if there was a malfunction "explosion" the lefties face would be more exposed on the bullet ejection side of the rifle vs a righty. I'm about to buy a new rifle and this is now playing a factor into my decision. Is there any truth to this? I would prefer to stick with a right handed rifle....but I also look like Brad Pitt and don't want to damage my complexion.
Like you, I am left eye dominant. I have been shooting right handed rifles all my life, tried to go to a lefty and I couldn't work the bolt fluidly. Never thought about malfunction. If its a problem for you, go with a lefty
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:12 PM   #6
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The only issues I've experienced is every once in a while I'll feel something pepper my face from an automatic anything. Shotgun or AR. I've considered going to a lefty upper for my AR, but just haven't pulled the trigger just yet.

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Old 12-28-2019, 08:13 PM   #7
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Default Can using a right hand rifle be dangerous for a lefty?

Im sure if something goes that wrong it wonít matter how youre holding that gun. I too shoot left handed but shoot right handed rifles and have no intention in buying a left handed rifle. Unless you just want a left handed gun, I wouldnt let that article sway you one way or the other. Just get what you want.

I do recommend left handed semi auto for sake of powder in the face and noise. Shooting an a right handed ar left handed about made me def in my right ear.


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Old 12-28-2019, 08:19 PM   #8
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Get a belt so hot brass doesn’t go down your pants
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:27 PM   #9
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You’re more likely to be suicided by a Clinton.
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:29 PM   #10
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Lefty here too....Lefty bolt rifles and righty eject shotguns....however, i have shot a LOT of righty bolt actions and other than the cheek piece (or lack thereof) and righty eject I've never noticed any substantive difference....a shot or two to adjust and it's all breath, aim, lock down, and squeeze....you're good to go IMOP...
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:17 PM   #11
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I'm left eye dominant and have always owned/shot right handed rifles since I was a kid and thats what I'm used to. I never thought anything of it until I read an article about how it could be dangerous shooting a right hand rifle left handed. This theory was based on if there was a malfunction "explosion" the lefties face would be more exposed on the bullet ejection side of the rifle vs a righty. I'm about to buy a new rifle and this is now playing a factor into my decision. Is there any truth to this? I would prefer to stick with a right handed rifle....but I also look like Brad Pitt and don't want to damage my complexion.


Iíve heard this is a thing. One of the guys from MeatEater shot an opposite handed gun that exploded and shot debris into his face
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:07 PM   #12
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:15 PM   #13
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Hmmm..... I’ve seen a LOT of rifles being shot and have yet to see one explode. It can’t be that much of an issue.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:19 PM   #14
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Been shooting all kinds of long guns left handed but never a left handed one. Feels weird to me after growing up that way. Only thing I’ve ever experienced is a little in burnt powder on cheek or right arm from a semi auto.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:19 PM   #15
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It's a non issue, many competition rifles are right hand left port or left hand right port. An auto I might see a problem with brass, gas and whatnot.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:20 PM   #16
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Right handed, left eyed. I tried single shot Ruger #1, but I couldn’t kill enough hogs.

I really like right bolts on a lefty stock with cheek piece. On the bench or in a blind it is handy.
But I carry a right handed bolt 90 % of the time with a straight stock with no cheek piece.

Went to an over /under many years ago from a right semi auto.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:43 PM   #17
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Like you, I am left eye dominant. I have been shooting right handed rifles all my life, tried to go to a lefty and I couldn't work the bolt fluidly. Never thought about malfunction. If its a problem for you, go with a lefty
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:12 PM   #18
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Military doesn’t sound concerned...I honestly don’t know if they cater to lefty’s today but sure dont recall it being an issue of concern in the past or all complaints went out the window??

Gotta love the lefty sniper in saving private ryan
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:30 PM   #19
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:33 PM   #20
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Been shooting all kinds of long guns left handed but never a left handed one. Feels weird to me after growing up that way. Only thing Iíve ever experienced is a little in burnt powder on cheek or right arm from a semi auto.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:07 AM   #21
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Iím a lefty and shoot a right handed gun. It seems quicker to work the bolt because the gun stays in place and my finger stays near (not on) the trigger to shoot another round. I also taught myself to reel right handed when I fish, and that makes a huge difference to be able to cast and already have a hand on the reel when the bait hits the water.


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Old 12-29-2019, 12:48 AM   #22
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It’s only dangerous if you’re asking this question.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:53 AM   #23
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Old 12-29-2019, 10:41 AM   #24
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Old 12-29-2019, 10:45 AM   #25
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Your talking.00000000000001%

My daughter shoots left eye dominant with right hand fund and I have no worries about things I cannot control


Your more likely to have an issue driving a Ford vs a Chevy to the lease, due to the percentage that the Ford would actually get you there in order for a freak disaster to occur
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Old 12-29-2019, 11:27 AM   #26
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I’m just like the rest of the group. Shoot left handed with right handed rifles . I did go with a left handed stag ar. I wanted the hulls going out away from my face during rapid fire. Especially under the cover of darkness hog hunting.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:10 PM   #27
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I experienced a 22lr autoloader blow out the back of the case this year. It was very unpleasant, but did not cause any harm (I still had eyebrows on my face).

They odds of a malfunction causing harm seem so low, I wouldn't worry about it. My example was an ammunition issue.

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