SA80 - Left handed?

#1
Can the SA80 be fired left handed, i understand the casing comes out the right hand side meaning to fire left handed you'd take it in the face!

Is there a left handed version for the lefties or is it a case of being taught to shoot right handed?
 
#2
The_0ne said:
Can the SA80 be fired left handed, i understand the casing comes out the right hand side meaning to fire left handed you'd take it in the face!

Is there a left handed version for the lefties or is it a case of being taught to shoot right handed?
Shoot right handed.
 
#4
The_0ne said:
Can the SA80 be fired left handed, i understand the casing comes out the right hand side meaning to fire left handed you'd take it in the face!

Is there a left handed version for the lefties or is it a case of being taught to shoot right handed?
Very smart you would look too with a brass gumshield :D
 
#5
Not just the case hitting your mug, also the c0ck1ing handle knocking out your front teeth.

Saw it happen on a SAT range once, the lad was ex-tankie (alegedly) he never came back.
 
#6
You'll only do it once.
 
#7
It is a good point though, I am reliably informed that there were left handed SLR's avaible. There are times too when it would be more practical to fire left handed, ie firing around corners of buildings etc. which you can with HK 53's and similar weapons but with the SA80 you have to compromise cover to a certain degree.
 
#8
Mag_to_grid said:
It is a good point though, I am reliably informed that there were left handed SLR's avaible. There are times too when it would be more practical to fire left handed, ie firing around corners of buildings etc. which you can with HK 53's and similar weapons but with the SA80 you have to compromise cover to a certain degree.
You can fire a SLR left handed, no need to produce one specifically for that purpose.
 
#10
Mag_to_grid said:
It is a good point though, I am reliably informed that there were left handed SLR's avaible. There are times too when it would be more practical to fire left handed, ie firing around corners of buildings etc. which you can with HK 53's and similar weapons but with the SA80 you have to compromise cover to a certain degree.
Were the left handed SLRs the ones fitted with double sprung LMG mags?
 
#11
I'm sure there was a conversion kit for left handed firers for the SLR, NI old & bold will be able to confirm, the MOD didn't want tp purchase LH firing SA80s as there wasn't a simple conversion available, so it is just a case of having to use your weak eye & be cack handed when it comes to drills just to pi55 the skillys off.
 
#12
Mag_to_grid said:
It is a good point though, I am reliably informed that there were left handed SLR's avaible. There are times too when it would be more practical to fire left handed, ie firing around corners of buildings etc. which you can with HK 53's and similar weapons but with the SA80 you have to compromise cover to a certain degree.
You can fire the SA80 left handed - but to avoid injury it also needs to be upside down - makes looking through the sights a bit tricky though....
 
#13
SA 80 the full story.

Taken from below link:

The SA80 was reportedly offered with a left-hand conversion kit, but in British Army service is strictly right-handed only.


Load of guff about SA 80 here........
 
#14
This is an issue which I can never understand. I am left handed, and never found the SA80 a problem because while you pull the trigger with your right hand, you operate the cocking handle, change magazine etc etc with the left, and it is the left hand which is used to aim it. so while you might hold the weapon in your right hand, most actions with it are using the left...
 
#15
lanky said:
This is an issue which I can never understand. I am left handed, and never found the SA80 a problem because while you pull the trigger with your right hand, you operate the cocking handle, change magazine etc etc with the left, and it is the left hand which is used to aim it. so while you might hold the weapon in your right hand, most actions with it are using the left...
I thought it was more to do with strongest eye and the sight set up - i.e. the SA80 sights favour the right eye. Right handers usually have more dominant right eyes and vice versa with left handers.
 

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#17
Er, at the risk of exposing myself to ridicule, I inadvertantly DID try to fire SA80 left-handed. (Used to fire SLR with the left)

Luck would have it that was stoked with blank at the time .

Nastly little abrasion to left cheek!
 
#18
there's an army officer recruiting video from a few years ago showing a left-handed sa80 being used on ex.
 
#19
krrc said:
there's an army officer recruiting video from a few years ago showing a left-handed sa80 being used on ex.
Betcha the film clip was loaded back to front!

No such thing mate....!
 
#20
Mag_to_grid said:
It is a good point though, I am reliably informed that there were left handed SLR's avaible.
there is no such thing as a 'left handed SLR', the weapon is totaly ambidextrous and can be used from either shoulder with no drama.
on some rifles like the M16a1, left handed shooters sometimes got a case clipping thier cheek, there was a 'case deflector' available to stop this, later models of the M16 family have a deflector built in on the reciever just behind the ejection port.

krrc said:
there's an army officer recruiting video from a few years ago showing a left-handed sa80 being used on ex.
the footage in that vid was reversed for some reason.
there has never been made or issued a 'left handed SA80'
 

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