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#1 AlphaOscarOne

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

I am considering joining Firearms in the near future. However I am left handed and traditionally shoot shotguns from my left side, (when clay pigeon shooting). I am wondering whether its is possible too shoot the Mp5 from the left shoulder, (as this is what's feel most comfortable for me) or whether you have to fire it from your right side.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Shooting it left handed will cause you no issues whatsoever.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

How about one handed?.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

We train this at close quarters !



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

Have you cooked any fools? Or jumped through the air firing two guns?



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

Thanks for the responses!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:39 AM

Just be aware thet the ejection port on the weapon is on the RHS and that ejected cases will travel across your right eye's 'line of sight'.

sling adapyers for left hand shooters are available.

 



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

Would the RHS ejection port still be an issue if the weapon is operating in semi automatic mode?

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

You will also have to cock it a little odd too as the cocking lever is on the left, you sort of have to reach over to the other side to do it with your none firing hand if that makes sense... Niether this, nor the ejection port being on the right side would cause you any problems using the weapon. its designed to be ambidextrous (spelling).

 

personally i think the way it works (both its use and the physics in its recycling of the bolt is a feat of german precision.


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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

I wouldnt worry about using the MP5 in full auto or burst fire in the british police.



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

Westmidscop, thanks for you your help. I understand that the West Mids Police also utilise the H&K G36 as a secondary weapon? Have you ever used this or what scenario is it to be used in? I am interested as I hope to specialise into firearms in the future. Many thanks.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

Again the 36 is an ambidextrous weapon and will cause you no problems shooting left handed.

Asking what each weapon is used for is dipping into tactics a little so you probably won't get a reply seeing as it's a public forum.

If you are in the Police, ask a member of your firearms team.

Also, the MP5 and the G36 are both semi automatic weapons. All this means is you pull the trigger, 1 round is fired and the weapon ejects the spent case and reloads another round for you. The weapon will not fire another round off until you pull the trigger again (for Police use that is)



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

Thank you very much!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

Just noticed your avatar. Is it west mids firearms unit you are thinking of joining?

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

Also I think it would be fair to say that most weapons are either ambidexterus or come in left or handed options so being left handed shouldn cause you any disadvantage

I know of people who shoot their carbine right handed and their pistol left handed! It causes them no problems

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Yes it will be West Mids Firearms unit, I will hopefully join eventually. I appreciate the information as I was worried that the Mp5 and such like can only be fired from the right shoulder.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

Good to know this im also left handed and thought this would be an issue... Good to hear its not though :)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:26 PM

Guys, there are many left handed AFOs out there, it is absolutely no issue at all. As has been said, all the weapons we use can be just as easily shot left or right handed and all the kit and equipment you use will be either ambidextrous or tailor made for a left hander.



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:58 PM

Whilst the MP5 is a nice weapon, I preferred the HK53 when I carried it in N.I. :thumbsup:



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

Cheesedoff, thank you for your continued help. I was wondering if you had any tips for getting through the West Mids selection course, to get onto the Arv's? Cheers.

Bart, i also am a fan of the HK 53, I believe that although the stopping power with a 9mm round is ample for a domestic setting. The 556 round is obviously superior! 👍




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