Left handed AR 10?

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    Hi,
    Looking to buy my 1st AR style rifle, mainly for hog hunting. I’m a LEFTY, which has always been a gun challenge. The Stag Arms 10L is top on my list right now. This .308 could get used more then my 700. I appreciate any comments/recommendations.
     
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    I'm a lefty, too. I am looking at putting a righty Howa M1500 action in 6.5mm Creedmoor into one of those MDT chassis. This would allow me to keep my left hand on the AR-style grip, while my right hand operates the bolt. I have a righty M700 in a Boyd's lefty stock; such a lash-up works-out really well. The thing about a righty action in a lefty stock is that it would be much easier to sell the action if such an idea comes down the pike at some future date. You'd eat the price of the stock, but at least you could sell the action and get back some of the total cost.

    Somebody makes a side-charging AR upper. I think the name is Gibbz, or something like that. They make them for both sides.
     
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    I'm a lefty and I know all the talk but I fail to see the disadvantage of being left handed. On a bolt action the bolt is right there. On a semi auto if jammed you have a better first hand look at the jam. I think of it as an advantage. It keeps your trigger hand on the trigger and your eye where it needs to be.
     
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    We are of the same mind. In days of yore, being a lefty was a bit of a problem. I remember reading several decades back about shooters having to have a right-side bolt "turned over" by a gunsmith in order to use the rifle from the left side. We've all seen the sniper in "Saving Private Ryan" working the bolt on his rifle with his left hand, coming "over the top" to do so. Had Boyd's Custom Gunstocks been around in the early 1940s to offer lefty thumbhole stocks for lefty shooters of righty bolt guns, the "over the top" maneuver would have been unnecessary.

    But the miracle of free-market capitalism has put those days decidedly into the rear-view mirror of shooters' lives in America. I was overjoyed the first time I saw the shell deflector on the upper receiver of an AR-type rifle; couldn't wait to buy one. Same thing when the Picatinny rail uppers came out, which was probably simultaneously with the deflector uppers. I can only guess that the military decided it was cheaper to have uppers made with the bump than to retrain life-long lefty shooters to shoot righty. I'll also hazard the guess that railed uppers came out so that soldiers could put optics on the rifles, such optics now available in more-compact sizes and at lower prices. How would that be possible? The answer is again, free-market capitalism. Free-market capitalism brings to us everything we want. We have 70-inch flat-screen TVs. Who would have ever known in 1968 that we'd want such a thing? And what about a 700-horsepower car you can go down to a Dodge dealership and order? Yes, a Hellcat is expensive-- but you can buy one if you have the desire and the money. An ordinary citizen in Greece cannot. His socialist government has limited him to 1.8-liter four-bangers. Any larger and he pays taxes out the wazoo for it.

    It leaves me shaking my head when I hear these Millenial dingbats talking about how America needs to reject "evil capitalism" and transition to a socialist system-- which has never worked anywhere it has ever been tried. Margaret Thatcher said it best.

    America is as wealthy and powerful a nation as it is because the People are free to make themselves as wealthy as they want to be, within the confines of just and moral laws. That is our Right to the Pursuit of Happiness. The Founders believed no man could be truly happy unless he was wealthy, so they declared such a Right in our Declaration. They did not say we will be wealthy. They just said you can pursue it because they knew some would be successful and others not as much. But at least you can pursue wealth. There are some nations wherein you cannot. A wealthy man makes a tyrant nervous. That is why England taxed and taxed and taxed us down to subsistence levels. Then 56 men came along and told King George III where to stuff his taxes...
     
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    Buy one of these. You can get 20-round magazines for them and they are nowhere near as "evil-looking" as is an AR-10. Might be easier to sell once you get tired of the punishment meted-out by the cartridge.

    Springfield M1A Loaded .308Win 22 Barrel
     
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    Check out the CMT LH Uppers. Avoid the Radical LH uppers.
     
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    Thank you, I will check them out.
     
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    In the military I would button the top of my shirt to keep the brass from pouring into it. With the actions of ones as obama,hillary, and mccain King George III looks like a patriot.
     
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    I had a used Colt SP-1 as my first AR-type rifle; got it in April of 1983. It didn't have the forward assist, nor the deflector bump. It was timed to throw the brass back such that the empties would hit my right cheek. It happened frequently that I'd get burns on my cheek or even scratches. I didn't know beans about these rifles when I bought my first one; I just wanted the one I did buy because it was so much cheaper than a brand-new one. I was paying-off a new car at the time, and I could swing the $350 for the rifle and still make my car payment. It didn't take me long to discover that there is an entire world involving AR rifles, and mine was obsolete before I even bought it. I wanted one with the forward assist, the deflector bump, the railed upper and the collapsing stock. When money became more available, I started buying the rifles until today, when I own more than to which I'll admit. I'm sure many Americans own more than I do, but I am also sure I own more than most AR owners...
     
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    www.coatscarbine.com
    (530) 533-1003
    Oroville, CA
    AR-10 and AR-15 lowers and sets. Anodized 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum with broached magazine well. M1911 frames and slides, too.
     
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    Thanks, I will check them out
     
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    About the only things you really need to turn a righty AR-15 into a lefty is an ambidextrous safety and an ambidextrous bolt release. There are already ambidextrous charging handles available. The better type of ambi bolt releases are the kind that require the existing channel for the OEM release to be machined all the way through to the right side. The releases cost about sixty bucks; no idea what it would cost to have the lower bolted-down on a vertical mill and the tiny cut made. I do not know if there are available right-side bolt releases for AR-10 rifles. The AR-10 in .308Win recoils more than I want to suffer, so I have no interest in that platform.
     

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