Are There Left And Right-Handed Guns?

The world has become more accommodating in recent years and more strides are being made to make sure that everyone can be involved, no matter how much effort needs to be made.

This has led to many new and exciting variations of things and hobbies to come out.

Are there left and right-handed guns

Some are simple dietary requirements due to allergies; some are just acknowledgements that other people’s way of life is different, and some are to do with how our bodies have adapted to their own use.

This last point may seem like a strange one, but it is the point of today’s article.

Most of the tools and equipment in the world is made for right-handed people, but there is a significant portion of the population who are left-handed.

Many of these people want to engage in fun activities or hobbies, just as much as everyone else.

So, the question becomes: are there any left-handed or right-handed guns out there? Or are guns more universal than that? In this article, we seek to find that out.

Are There Left-Handed And Right-Handed Guns?

There are many people who would argue that it is impossible to make a gun left-handed. This viewpoint is one that is held by many, but it is not the truth.

Many left-handed people have kind of been forced to use their right hand for using guns, because of the limited options.

If a person is dedicated enough, they can train to be ambidextrous and be able to use both hands with relative ease, but it is a long and arduous process.

While some guns are naturally made for one-handed use, most are made for use with both hands. It is possible to get a right-handed gun that is also left-handed, but the production of these guns is not as common.

However, that doesn’t mean that left-handed guns do not exist.

As we said earlier, there are a lot of one-handed guns, like pistols, that can be used with either hand and for a lot of smooth bore guns, like shotguns, due to the mechanics of how they work and discharge shells it doesn’t really matter which hand you use it in.

The problem is precision weapons, like rifles, and high rate of fire weapons, like machine guns.

For high precision weapons, having the gun fit to your dominant hand helps with stabilizing the shot and makes it easier to reload.

Not only that, but should you discharge your red-hot bullet casing once the gun has fired as a left-handed person using a right-handed gun, then that shell may hit you in the face, which is not ideal.

For high rate of fire weapons, it is more about a stabilizing factor of holding the gun and yet again the discharging of red-hot shells in your direction.

While there are more precision and high rate of fire weapons on the market today for left-handed people, they are still unfortunately few and far between.

You will have to look hard for one, but it might be worth your while to do so.

What Makes A Gun Left-Handed?

The first thing to consider is that some people have different preferences when it comes to which hand they use to shoot with.

All of us have our own preferences, which is natural and normal. Some people prefer to shoot with their dominant hand and some people prefer to use their non-dominant hand.

For those who are left-handed, the preference for which hand to use to shoot with is often formed at a very young age.

However, what is important to understand is that this preference does not mean that a person has to use that hand for their entire life or in every circumstance.

Many people, left-handed or right-handed, are able to make the conscious effort to be able to use the other hand, it just is quite disorientating and often hard for them.

It is possible for a left-handed person to try to shoot with their right hand, but it is very difficult.

A left-handed gun would simply be one where the orientation of the gun’s triggers and attachments would be switched.

So, for a rifle, instead of having your right hand on the trigger and bolt for loading on the right-hand side, the left hand would be on the trigger and the bolt for loading would be on the left-hand side.

So, the left hand would be doing most of the work and the right hand would hold the muzzle.

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Are Left-Handed Guns More Expensive?

The second question that arises is whether left-handed guns are more expensive.

The answer here is also a resounding no. It is possible to find left-handed guns that are cheaper than a right-handed gun – though this is circumstance dependent.

However, it is important to remember that a left-handed gun is just a gun with a different design.

There is no need to change the manufacturing process except for a couple of small parts, so the production cost will be just as expensive.

Given that a large number of guns are sold, even a small increase in demand will see an increase in the production cost.

This means that left-handed guns are not more expensive than right-handed guns, and honestly, there is an untapped market to explore for gun manufacturers.


In this day and age, there are many ways to get involved and enjoy things. For example, there are many different sports that people can participate in.

There are also many different hobbies that people can engage in. And, of course, there are many different ways to get food.

But one thing remains constant: everyone wants to be included and feel included.

That is why the world is becoming more accepting of people who are different, and why activities and hobbies are becoming more accepting of those who are left-handed.

If you are looking for fun things to do with guns, whether you are left-handed or not, you should give it a go.

Matthew Osborn

Matt is an entrepreneur who has created and successfully exited multiple companies and brands. Now, he dedicates his time to Legionary, where he produces content on guns, family, and freedom.

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