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Any lefties shooting a right-hand pump shotgun with a right-hand cross bolt safety? The current model I'd like to get doesn't come in lefty and I was wondering if I could get used to taking off the right-hand safety with either my thumb over the top of the stock, or my index finger under the trigger guard. Seems too awkward in a hunting situation though.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

i use a right handed shotgun when turkey hunting....i go index finger under the trigger gaurd....but turkey hunting isnt really a fast paced type of deal where you have to real quick get off the saftey

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

If the safety is in the front of the trigger guard, it won't be too much problem, if it is in the back, behind the trigger, when you push it off safe and come up to shoot, you may push it back on with your trigger finger. My oldest son is a southpaw and shoots a RH 11-87 and that was a problem he had to overcome.
The closest thing to an ambidextrious shotgun is a Browning BPS or one of the Mossbergs (500 or 835) that feature bottom ejection and a top tang safety.
Which shotgun are you considering?

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

BTW, if it is an 870 Rem, I believe that LH safeties are available as replacement parts since they made the 870 LH at one time, I'm not sure if they still do,
Sorry.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Thanks for the responses.

I had an older (early 80's)R-H 870 and put in a L-H safety. It worked pretty well. When I sold it, I replaced the safety back to R-H.

Rem. still makes a L-H 870 Express. I looked at that and the Mossberg 500.

But now I was looking at the Weatherby PA-08. I have turkey hunting in mind. (I have an O/U [top tang safety] that I use for grouse and pheasants.) I only hunt 5 or 6 days a year for turkeys and don't want to spend a lot just for that. The safety for the PA08, and a bunch of others, is at the rear of the trigger guard. But there are no L-H models. I suppose turkey hunting and maybe even waterfowl hunting wouldn't be too tough to manage.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I would hope for that replacement safety being available. Man, are tang safeties nice for all.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I learned with and still shoot a RH 870, tripping the safety by using my index finger under the trigger gaurd. Never really have had a problem with it, and can't blame any missed shots on the right handed gun. In fact, the only operation on a shotgun that I've found to be hard to get with my left hand is the slide release on some models.

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from Carl Huber wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Well you could do what they did to my dad. He was a lefty in a right handed world. Learning to write at the turn of the last century. In a parochial school in Germany. Every time he used his left hand they hit him with a stick. This served him very well in later years. He was a house painter and used ether hand effectively. So get your spouse give her a stick. I'm sure she willing to help you correct yourself.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Ouch! My father was left handed as a youngster in parochial school and got the same stick-on-the-hand treatment. He had a hard time writing with either hand after that; even when he was grown!

Besides, my wife might swap the stick for something a bit more weighty!

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I've been shooting right hand shotguns all my life with no problem with the safety. I have one lefty 1100 and I literally have to stop and think about how to run the safety.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

many of the newer mossberg shotguns have the saftey on top of the rear of the action. those are easy to use left or right handed

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I shoot right handed shotguns left handed. I have a left handed safety in my 870 since it has the cross bolt safety. I think it cost about $5 and took me about two minutes to install. I can operate all other types of safety without modification but those cross bolt safeties ahead of the trigger are tough if you have to get a shot off in less than a second. It is worth it to get a left handed safety rod for them.

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from rlowe357 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I have always shot right handed guns left handed, unless I'm turkey hunting and can't get around to shoot. I've never had a problem. On my guns that have the cross bolt safety I use my middle finger to press the safety.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

If the safety is in the front of the trigger guard, it won't be too much problem, if it is in the back, behind the trigger, when you push it off safe and come up to shoot, you may push it back on with your trigger finger. My oldest son is a southpaw and shoots a RH 11-87 and that was a problem he had to overcome.
The closest thing to an ambidextrious shotgun is a Browning BPS or one of the Mossbergs (500 or 835) that feature bottom ejection and a top tang safety.
Which shotgun are you considering?

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

BTW, if it is an 870 Rem, I believe that LH safeties are available as replacement parts since they made the 870 LH at one time, I'm not sure if they still do,
Sorry.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

i use a right handed shotgun when turkey hunting....i go index finger under the trigger gaurd....but turkey hunting isnt really a fast paced type of deal where you have to real quick get off the saftey

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Thanks for the responses.

I had an older (early 80's)R-H 870 and put in a L-H safety. It worked pretty well. When I sold it, I replaced the safety back to R-H.

Rem. still makes a L-H 870 Express. I looked at that and the Mossberg 500.

But now I was looking at the Weatherby PA-08. I have turkey hunting in mind. (I have an O/U [top tang safety] that I use for grouse and pheasants.) I only hunt 5 or 6 days a year for turkeys and don't want to spend a lot just for that. The safety for the PA08, and a bunch of others, is at the rear of the trigger guard. But there are no L-H models. I suppose turkey hunting and maybe even waterfowl hunting wouldn't be too tough to manage.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I would hope for that replacement safety being available. Man, are tang safeties nice for all.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I learned with and still shoot a RH 870, tripping the safety by using my index finger under the trigger gaurd. Never really have had a problem with it, and can't blame any missed shots on the right handed gun. In fact, the only operation on a shotgun that I've found to be hard to get with my left hand is the slide release on some models.

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from Carl Huber wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Well you could do what they did to my dad. He was a lefty in a right handed world. Learning to write at the turn of the last century. In a parochial school in Germany. Every time he used his left hand they hit him with a stick. This served him very well in later years. He was a house painter and used ether hand effectively. So get your spouse give her a stick. I'm sure she willing to help you correct yourself.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Ouch! My father was left handed as a youngster in parochial school and got the same stick-on-the-hand treatment. He had a hard time writing with either hand after that; even when he was grown!

Besides, my wife might swap the stick for something a bit more weighty!

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I've been shooting right hand shotguns all my life with no problem with the safety. I have one lefty 1100 and I literally have to stop and think about how to run the safety.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

many of the newer mossberg shotguns have the saftey on top of the rear of the action. those are easy to use left or right handed

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I shoot right handed shotguns left handed. I have a left handed safety in my 870 since it has the cross bolt safety. I think it cost about $5 and took me about two minutes to install. I can operate all other types of safety without modification but those cross bolt safeties ahead of the trigger are tough if you have to get a shot off in less than a second. It is worth it to get a left handed safety rod for them.

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from rlowe357 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I have always shot right handed guns left handed, unless I'm turkey hunting and can't get around to shoot. I've never had a problem. On my guns that have the cross bolt safety I use my middle finger to press the safety.

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