There are a number of bullpup rifles that can be fired from the left shoulder. Some with modification, others with none.With a rifle of conventional layout it can be fired from the left shoulder.
The L85A1/A2 is cunningly designed so that on firing a round the cocking handle will remove or smash a number of the firer's teeth.
Any subsequent rds will clear out the remaining teeth.
Soup's nice anyway.
The only standard (for issue to everyone) infantry rifle which the UK has used which was completely ambidextrous was the Martini-Henry.It's not like its beyond the wit of man to design one with moving parts that are arm neutral, making it right only was just lazy. (mind you the SA80 was probably designed late 70's so maybe they couldn't back then)
Moving forward though, it shouldn't be an issue.
Apart from the FN2000 are there any other practical designs ?There are a number of bullpup rifles that can be fired from the left shoulder. Some with modification, others with none.
On the advice of the RADC.There even appear to be drills for the SA80 shouldered on the left
(no firing though)
There's plenty of time available, just an utter lack of prioritisation of the most basic of Inf skills.I’ve a recollection of a comment attributed to the IDF, along the lines that they barely had range time to properly train from the strong side so priority for weak side shooting was a distant low priority, which jibes with repeated comments on here about the lack of range time.
RSAF probably hired a young thruster from a new university to come up with a snappy marketing title for their latest, (both long and late in production,) piece of hardware.Shooting left side also doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem for other weapon systems,
The SMG no problem, but you've not used the Bren/LMG have you ?notably the shoulder launched recoiless weapons or, reaching back to antiquity* Sterling’s and LMG/Brens
Keltec RFB - forward eject.Apart from the FN2000 are there any other practical designs ? (...)
I've shot a few of their rifles, wasnt convinced about clearing stoppages but basically a sound idea and no less squaddie proof than any other weapon system bought since the long bow.Hell no; I have a buddy who has one of their KSG shotguns and a weird folding carbine thing. Both nasty pieces of plastic crap.
There’s not a thing on this planet that’s squaddie proof.They are well known for being budget firearms, okay as sporting / toys for the civilian market but very unlikely to be squaddie proof.
plenty. In addition to those listed by terminal, the Polish Grot rifle in its bullpup form can be fired from the left shoulder.Apart from the FN2000 are there any other practical designs ?
Can’t say as I have used the Bren but, as with most of the others, the sights are mounted to the left of the gun so using them left handed would require some contortions that go against good marksmanship principles.The SMG no problem, but you've not used the Bren/LMG have you ?
Anyway, very few of the above wpns have a cocking handle that reciprocates in the space where one's cheek would be if shouldered on the left.
Which suggests that the importance of shooting off-handed is greatly exaggerated.There's plenty of time available, just an utter lack of prioritisation of the most basic of Inf skills.
I'd forgotten about the Keltecs, possibly because they're civvy items. Not yet shot them so can't comment myself but haven't heard any reports raving about them.Keltec RFB - forward eject.
RFB Rifle. The RFB™ is the first truly ambidextrous 7.62 NATO bullpup ever developed, thanks to its patented, forward ejecting system. RFB 18″ & 24″ Modelswww.keltecweapons.com
Keltec RDB - downward eject.
RDB Rifle. The RDB™ is the new definition of bullpup. Its downward shell ejection system eliminates the side ejection disadvantage of ordinary bullpups.www.keltecweapons.com
Desertech MDR - It ejects forward from a small opening beside the breech. You can readily swap the ejection side quickly in the field, but it's not necessary to do so in order to shoot it from either shoulder. InRange are big fans of the 5.56mm version.
I have no direct experience with any of them and so can't offer a personal opinion on them.
There may be others, but I've just picked ones which are commercially available today and are "rifles" (as opposed to something like the P90).