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ellis rowell
25 Jul 2005 - 3:03 PM

The trouble is that with a rifle (Bolt action) the lever on the bolt is right handed too. Imagine if you can, a chap holding the rifle to his left shoulder with his left hand forward, right hand on the trigger and sighting with his left eye. You wouldn't want to be in the same county.

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NickdeBug  9391 forum posts
25 Jul 2005 - 3:09 PM

not to mention catching the ejected shell in your teeth if using an automatic!

HarvM  9
25 Jul 2005 - 7:24 PM

You are wrong about being able to use a bolt action rifle left handed.
See my message above --- HarvM, July 25.

ellis rowell
25 Jul 2005 - 11:02 PM

A Lee Enfield bolt action is definitely right handed. But think about the way I described his holding of the rifle. He had no proper control over it. There are the occasional persons who cannot use a weapon safely, it is best not to allow them near one in that case.

robob  111022 forum posts England
25 Jul 2005 - 11:08 PM

I've actually shot a Lee Enfield 303 riffle with my left hand. Aggreed it was not easy and you could not do it quickly but it is possible. I had to shoot left handed due to my dud right eye. BTW I shot the riffle in the Army Cadets.

Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 11144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 12:10 AM

as an x soldier ,about 1 in 10 people were left eye shots,this caused lots of problems with right hand guns,the empty "spent" case being ejected out to the right. Most were trained to "cross over to the right side" However the biggest problem is when you have right handed ,left eyed people----we gave them grenades!

nigelf22  10583 forum posts
26 Jul 2005 - 12:59 AM

As mentioned previously I shoot camera left eyed, but shooting rifle, pistol, was right eyed. I seem to support the camera better with a left eye bias, with the camera centreline and the mass more central. Got a shiny nose to prove it!

paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 2:02 AM

Have to agree with you HarvM. Thats exactly how I used to shoot. Left shoulder, Left eyed aim, shoot and then reach over the rifle to use the bolt. Never caused me too much hassle, just a matter of getting used to it like a lot of things lefties have to adapt to. Paul

26 Jul 2005 - 2:26 AM

Just close them both and hope for the best... Smile

IanFlindt  10739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 4:01 AM

I'm right. My wife's wrong. Sorry...my wife's left. (Force of habit.)

_  9535 forum posts Virgin Islands, British4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 4:08 AM

I was right for thirty odd years then lost my right eye, so now I'm left and if I really want to shoot something different I'll revert to the right.

JJGEE  96341 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 10:57 AM

My camera has a waist level finder so I use BOTH eyes !

kay1  10114 forum posts
31 Jul 2005 - 12:23 PM

Im another lefty, left eye and left handed

dougv Site Moderator 108378 forum postsdougv vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2005 - 12:55 PM


Not sure I like this.

My old mum (God rest her) always said you couldn't trust any one who was left handed...

Or Irish...

Or from Liverpool...

Or London...


Doug ;o)

deegee  9181 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Jul 2005 - 1:11 PM

Left and left.

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