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jmorg51  [Team Member]
7/6/2010 6:17:27 AM EST
A friend is looking for a left hand HD shotgun build project.

I'm leaning 870.

Any other manufactures making a lefty?

Who is the best barrel source on an 18.5 IC tube?

Any aftermarket parts for the Ithica bottom ejector?
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walt_l  [Team Member]
7/6/2010 6:32:07 AM EST
My first HD shotty was a Browning BPS. It is bottom eject and worked for both myself –– lefty –– and my wife –– righty
StealthyBlagga  [Member]
7/6/2010 7:54:13 AM EST
The Ithaca 37 is bottom eject, but I don't know if you can extend the magazine. Also, I can't say how the new version compares, but the originals had no disconnector (i.e. would slam fire - maybe not so good for him). Honestly, unless he is going to really practice with it a lot, I would steer him away from a pump and towards a semi-auto (greatly reduced chance of operator-induced malfunctions). Remington offer the 1100 or 11-87 in left-side ejection, though some left handed 3-gunners actually prefer right-side ejection for easier loading.
NAM  [Team Member]
7/6/2010 8:35:34 AM EST
I'm a southpaw. Never once used a left handed shotgun, never had problems. I use a 590 as my main shotgun, no problems at all.
pita45  [Member]
7/6/2010 8:50:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By jmorg51:
A friend is looking for a left hand HD shotgun build project.

I'm leaning 870.

Any other manufactures making a lefty?

Who is the best barrel source on an 18.5 IC tube?

Any aftermarket parts for the Ithica bottom ejector?


I have a few Ithacas, would not get rid of any of them.
But I would not spend the money on a new one. 870 is much better buy!
If you can fine an older Ithaca, at a good price, then maybe.
All, but one of my Ithacas are 7 plus 1.
Do you know how much a left handed 870 is?
Let us know what you do get. There are other lefty out here.

PITA45

MAX100  [Member]
7/6/2010 9:07:45 AM EST
The Savage Stevens 350 Ithaca copy shotguns are excellent, very well made. The 37s can't accept a tube extension.

If you want to tact out a shotgun get a 590, 870, Pardner Pump or Hawk 982 shotgun. Most get over putting a lot of shit on their shotguns and go back to a basic shotgun with just few necessary items on it like a flashligh, Tube extension, sling and maybe a shell carrier.


GC
Gravity3694  [Member]
7/6/2010 10:38:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By NAM:
I'm a southpaw. Never once used a left handed shotgun, never had problems. I use a 590 as my main shotgun, no problems at all.

Same here. I've never bought a left handed firearm, ever. Just adapt and overcome. The hardest to adapt to is bolt action though.
odiedodi  [Team Member]
7/6/2010 2:19:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By NAM:
I'm a southpaw. Never once used a left handed shotgun, never had problems.

this.
ch139  [Member]
7/6/2010 8:27:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By Gravity3694:

Originally Posted By NAM:
I'm a southpaw. Never once used a left handed shotgun, never had problems. I use a 590 as my main shotgun, no problems at all.

Same here. I've never bought a left handed firearm, ever. Just adapt and overcome. The hardest to adapt to is bolt action though.

Me too! Will NOT buy any "left-handed" gun as I've never found a use; complete waste of money. Being left handed I've learned to shoot just about everything just like everybody else... just do it a bit differently. Buying a "left-handed" gun you really paint yourself into a corner; no self respecting right-hander is gonna ever buy it off you if you want to sell, and most of us south paws won't either... better really love that gun. It can all be done with a "normal" gun.


Originally Posted By pita45:
All, but one of my Ithacas are 7 plus 1.

WE NEED SONE PICS!

GundamCL  [Member]
7/7/2010 1:46:26 PM EST
I actually prefer the standard right handed Remington 870 when shooting left handed as I can use my index finger to depress the action bar lock that is situated on the left side of the 870 without removing my grip on the shotgun.
Gravity3694  [Member]
7/7/2010 5:13:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By GundamCL:
I actually prefer the standard right handed Remington 870 when shooting left handed as I can use my index finger to depress the action bar lock that is situated on the left side of the 870 without removing my grip on the shotgun.

I like that too. There's some guns with features that weren't really well made for righties that work well for lefties.
AFSOC_COP  [Team Member]
7/8/2010 2:08:47 AM EST
What aftermarket parts are you really going to have to get for an Ithaca 37???

Johnny_C  [Member]
8/1/2010 4:52:34 PM EST
I am right handed for all of my
shooting except straight stocked
long guns. I have been shooting a
RH 870, left handed for almost 20
years. The main thing your friend
will need to add to a RH 870 is a LH
safety.


Good Luck!

John

slows2k  [Member]
8/1/2010 4:58:16 PM EST
Never knew that left handed shotguns existed.. I can run a Mossberg 590 left handed fine.
duckdog  [Member]
8/1/2010 5:18:00 PM EST
Another lefty here. For the price and accessories that you're talking about, a right handed 870 would be the cheapest, easiest to accessorize, and extremely user friendly for him. Have him change the safety to Left handed, and he'll be good to go.

Duckdog
politicalamity06  [Member]
8/1/2010 5:18:47 PM EST
I am left handed and the only benefit to having a left handed gun is the cast (curve of the stock with respect to receiver) is set for a lefty. Parts are harder to find for left handed guns as well. I have two shotguns both right handed. on my Beretta the cast is adjustable to fit lefties. On my 870 tactical, it fits so well left handed I haven't even bothered to check to see if it is adjustable. I have never wished either were left handed.
4bangin  [Team Member]
8/1/2010 5:19:35 PM EST
11-87
aippi  [Team Member]
8/1/2010 6:29:56 PM EST
No one makes a short barrel for a left hand 870. Remington only makes the 28" VT RC for them. You would have to find a 20" left hand wingmaster barrel and refinish it. Many are only chambered for 2 3/4" but the latter ones are chambered for 3" and some even have RC. You can cut down a 28" but are then stuck with a straight pipe unless you thread it for chokes. That barrel is $ 234 before you start paying to have it cut down and threaded.

My left hand custom shotguns sell well when I have barrel to build them so there is a demand though limited. Another perfect option is get a right hand 870 and then purchase the Right Hand Eject/left hand saftey trigger plate assembly. If you are going this route then pull the trigger plate assembly from the new weapon before you shoot it so you can sell it as new. Take that money and get the RHJ/LHS trigger plate.
ch139  [Member]
8/1/2010 8:34:20 PM EST
lol
Warhawk  [Team Member]
8/1/2010 8:58:41 PM EST
I've seen a few home defense versions of the Browning BPS lately. Bottom eject and tang safety, should be ideal for a lefty.
NVGdude  [Member]
8/7/2010 9:50:57 AM EST
Browning PBS.

Not left handed, but it has bottom eject and tang mounted safety.
(I'm a righty and have enough problems with a trigger guard safety)
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