Tuesday, February 9, 2016
When it comes to firearms, lefties have historically been on the wrong side. So let’s give a hand to the following firearms that were manufactured specifically with the southpaw in mind.
Custom bolt-action rifle manufacturer DuBiel Arms Co. flourished from 1977-1988 and, while their products numbered only 129, they offered short-, standard- and magnum-length action left-handed rifles.
This left-handed Champlin bolt-action rifle with 20X Unertl scope was customized by Roy Ivan Baldwin. It features a heavy fluted stainless barrel and is stocked to allow either benchrest or position shooting.
Modern commercial bolt-action rifles made from several manufacturers—including the Remington Model 700—are available modified for left-handed shooters.
While the standard Winchester Model 1876 lever gun loaded through a port on the right side of the receiver, this example is more than a little different—it offered left-handed loading capability.
This J. Cooper Pennsylvania Kentucky flintlock rifle features a horsehead patchbox. The length of pull is unusually long in this piece, reaching possibly as long as 16 inches.
All of these guns were either formerly on display or can currently be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va., located on the first floor of NRA Headquarters.
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