May 24, 2014
It's not easy being a lefty. Aside from the usual jabs from our friends, we are little more than an afterthought when it comes to baseball gloves, golf clubs and guns. Our choices are drastically limited, so we get by with what's available. Or when it comes to guns, we adapt by shooting shotguns and rifles made for righties.
Left-handed shooters shouldn't have to work a shotgun safety by rolling the gun to the side and pushing the button with our thumbs, though. We also don't want to put up with a shell ejecting across our line of sight. There's nothing like a little burnt powder in the eyes as we try to take a second shot at a flushing rooster.
Fortunately, we don't have to settle.
Although our choices are limited, left-handed shooters have a number of high-quality left-handed pumps and auto-loaders to choose from.
not only gives left-handed shotgunners a choice, they give Benelli fans more than one semi-auto option with the left-handed M2
. It's packed with features and is one of the best left-handed semi-autos on the market.
The M2 comes with Benelli's patented Inertia-Driven system that allows the gun to cycle light target loads and heavy field loads without a single adjustment. The ComforTech recoil system takes the punch out of those heavy field loads, keeping you on target faster and in the field longer when the birds are flying. The 12-gauge version comes with a 26 or 28-inch barrel and is offered in black synthetic or Realtree Max 4 or Realtree APG camo. The 20 comes with a 26 or 28-inch barrel and a synthetic black stock.
may not have had left-handed shooters in mind when they built the BPS
, one of the best-made pump shotguns on the market. However, with a bottom ejection and loading port and a top-tang safety, it's safe to assume they at least considered lefties.
The BPS is a perfect pump for shooters who are either right or left-handed. It's available in a variety of models, including 10, 12, 20 28-gauges and .410. It comes with three choke tubes and it comes in a variety of hunting, target, field and special-purpose configurations.
Charles Daly 600LH
The Charles Daly
name has been around for more than 100 years. That's a sure sign of quality and great customer service. The company is so sure of their guns, the 600LH
gas-operated semi-auto, along with the company's other firearms, is backed up by a full five-year warranty.
It comes with a black synthetic stock or a full camo wrap and is chambered for 2 ¾ and 3-inch shells and is available with either a 26 or 28-inch barrel. Three flush-mount REM Choke-compatible choke tubes are also included. The 600LH has a chrome-moly barrel, a vent rib and is steel shot compatible.
Escort Extreme Magnum
may not be the best-known name in the shotgun business, but their Extreme Magnum
semi-auto is definitely worth a look. It's loaded with features, including the SMART valve self-regulation gas piston that cycles a variety of shells smoothly and reliably.
It comes with a HiViz fiber optic front sight, a nickel chrome moly-lined barrel, built-in sling swivel studs, five choke tubes, a fast-loading system and raised soft-touch stock inserts for a firm grip in foul weather. The Extreme Magnum is available with a 3 ½-inch chamber, a variety of camo finishes or a wood or synthetic black stock. It's also available in 20-gauge.
Remington 870 Express
Is it any wonder the 870 is the world's best-selling shotgun? Combining performance with an affordable price, the 870 Express
in an everyman's gun, even if that man (or woman or child) is left-handed. The 12-gauge 870 Express is a workhorse that doesn't carry a lot of extra features. That means it comes with an affordable price tag.
It also comes with a 28-inch barrel, one choke tube (modified), a matte-finish blued barrel and receiver and a satin-finish stock. The pump action includes two bars for smooth, reliable cycling. It shoots 2 ¾ and 3-inch shells.
Is the Montefeltro
too pretty to carry through the switch grass fields in pheasant country or the cattail marshes during duck season? Only you can make that decision, but the left-handed version of Benelli's
popular inertia-driven auto-loader is as functional as it is pretty.
Chambered for shells up to 3 inches, the Montefeltro is a great choice for the target range and the field. The handsome walnut stock is fitted with a shock-absorbing recoil pad. It comes with a drop-out trigger assembly for easy cleaning, three Crio System flush-mount choke tubes and an ergonomic trigger guard and safety.
Remington Versa Max
One of a handful of gas-operated, left-handed auto-loaders, Remington's Versa Max
is also one of the most versatile. Thanks to the company's patented Versaport gas system, the gun self-adjusts cycling pressure based on the length of the shell and handles light target loads and heavy field loads without any adjustments.
It comes with a synthetic stock and over-molded front and rear grips, an enlarged trigger guard opening and a larger safety for easy operation in the field. The Versa Max is also drilled and tapped for scope mounts and it comes with four extended choke tubes.
Arguably the best auto-loading shotgun available, the Super Black Eagle II
is undoubtedly one of the most versatile. And it's available for lefties. Benelli's
patented Inertia-Driven system cycles a variety of loads reliably without any adjustments.
It shoots clean and stays clean. Chambered for shells up to 3 ½ inches, the SBEII is the ideal multi-purpose gun that is at home in the deer woods, the duck marsh and the sporting clays range. It comes with five flush choke tubes, a shim kit and a vented recoil pad to take the bite out of the heaviest loads. It also comes with a hard gun case.
TriStar Viper G2
Tristar's Viper G2
isn't loaded with bells and whistles, but when the turkeys are gobbling and the clay pigeons are flying, all you really need is for the gun to go boom when you pull the trigger. It's a no-nonsense gun with a no-nonsense price tag. And its left-handed and a semi-auto, to boot.
TriStar's left-handed Viper G2 comes with a synthetic black or Realtree Max 4 camo stock, a fiber optic front sight, a chrome-lined chamber and barrel, a five-shot magazine with an included plug and a magazine cut-off for safe shooting.