So my little sister (12) is shooting now and she's a lefty. She handles my Beretta 92A1 suprisingly well considering the grip is intended for adult hands. I believe it's possible to switch the mag and slide releases over to the left side, and the safety/decocker is ambi already, but the fact that the brass ejects right across her field of vision and sometimes lands on her arms or neck is still irritating and painful.
With that in mind, can anyone recommend a pistol of similar quality, in 9mm preferably, with a left side ejection port? I did some Googling and found this: http://cabotgun.com/better-than-cust...ols/south-paw/
A bit pricey, but as far as I can tell there isn't much choice for the above criteria. Also, she can shoot 9mm no problem but I doubt .45acp is going to be manageable or practical right now. I'm also picking up the tab for all this + ammo and considering how trigger happy she is....
I know some might recommend a .22lr for obvious price and practice reasons, trust me it's already in the works. Reason for the 9mm is that I want to get her shooting IPSC events.
Anyway, your input is appreciated!
Edit: Apologies, I should have mentioned that I'm in Canada and my license allows me to supervise her shooting.
Learning to shoot a righty center fire (I learned on a 1911A1 .45acp) as a lefty you must adapt your style to fit the gun. I can reload a .45 by operating the controls with my trigger finger, and I can do it faster than 99% of righty shooter using their thumb. I don't have to shift my grip to pop mags and slide releases, just extend my finger. Find a gun for her that has an ambi safety, and leave the rest alone.
Coonan Arms, Cabot, Stag Arms lefty guns are a gimmick. I picked up a Stag AR15 and absolutely hated it. It felt sooo wrong! Granted, I spent 8 years in the Army behind an M16, but the left ejection, right side controls, etc were weird. I'd rather teach my kids to adapt to any gun they pick up, rather than confine them to some ultra-specialized, lefty-only gimmicky gun. Bolt guns are a bit different, but even so: I spent my entire childhood giving a Leupold scope the reach around, and my Lefty M700 is awkward.
Whatever you do, find a pistol more ergonomic than the 2x4..... I mean Beretta 92 she's shooting now. The CZ85 is a good choice, Glock 17, Browning HP with ambi safety.... If she's anything like my girls, she'll be out shooting you in no time!