LEFT-HANDED PISTOL TECHNIQUES
From SIG SAUER Academy: By Dave Hinkell, Senior Instructor- A shout out to all of those “correct-handed” pistol shooters in the world! We lefties are often ignored, marginalized, or overlooked during training. How many times have you heard an instructor say, “…and to you lefties, just do that technique I showed you the opposite way!” The old saying goes, “since the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, left-handed people are the only ones in their “right” mind!”
This month’s tactical tip is intended to provide a technique for left-handed pistol shooters to easily release a magazine from their “right-handed” pistol without disturbing their established shooting-hand grip. Some pistols are equipped exclusively with magazine release buttons mounted on the left side of the frame - the 1911 pistol family readily comes to mind. When you watch the video, notice how the index finger of the support hand (right hand) moves slightly to find and press the magazine release button mounted on the left side of the featured 1911. The right index finger moves between the trigger finger and middle finger of the firing hand (left hand), pressing the magazine release button as the pistol is being moved into the reloading workspace during the lock-back reload. You will also notice how the partially filled magazine is released, then trapped against the body during the tactical reload. Notice how the shooting hand grip is virtually undisturbed.
This tactical tip is not the only way for a left-handed shooter to conduct a pistol reload. However, it may provide a good alternative for those lefties out there who are armed with a pistol featuring a magazine release mounted on the left side of the frame. If you don’t like the idea of adjusting the shooting hand grip and using the trigger finger to press the magazine release button each time a reload is performed, give this technique a try.