Shooting Right Hand Eject Auto Shotguns Left Handed

Shooting Right Hand Eject Auto Shotguns Left Handed

Many left-handed (or left eye dominate) shooters shoot RH eject autoloaders. They do so because of far better selection, better pricing, and better resale. Gun fit is normally no issue at all, for the majority of autoloaders today have included shims easily set for the left-handed shooter and most safeties are easily reversible.

Manufacturers know LH shooters are likely to shoot RH eject shotguns, obviously. It might be a good idea for you . . . or, indeed not. (Note: the Fabarm L4S will be available in a LH eject version in 2016.)


  1. Russell Bryant on October 27, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    The issue is ejected shells, not gas and debris. Catching a shell in the crook of your right elbow, over and over, is unpleasant and quickly painful if you’re not wearing heavy sleeves. Everything else is just an adjustment. Tucking your elbow in makes tracking targets harder and less accurate.

  2. gadgethunter on October 27, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    My old Browning Gold would occasionally spit some residue into my eyes. Even when wearing safety glasses.You just haven’t shot enough like that yet Randy. I solved that problem by picking up a Fabarm XLR synthetic in lefty. It wouldn’t cycle target loads with the infamous pulse piston, but once they sent me the heavy steel piston from the xlr5 target model it cycles loads down to 1 oz.

  3. Peter on October 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    The resale value of a left handed shotgun is much higher than a right handed model.

  4. John Dalton on October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    I just finished my fight with right auto loaders and bought a benelli montefeltro left hand . super light and much more confidence when shooting high birds .

  5. Noah Taylor on October 27, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    High Randy new to shotguns just bought a moss 88 left handed for sale. I still shouldn’t have problems shooting right…?

  6. MrBigden37 on October 27, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Doesn’t happen to me either. I’ve been shooting right handed auto-loaders for so long , I’m hesitant to try a left handed model, being a lefty. Same goes for AR’s and Bolt Action rifles. The only issue I’d ever come across was shooting an old Vietnam Era M-16 during basic, boy did that rifle burn me(blisters) with it’s ejected hot cases, down the shirt, to the face, neck etc…, suffice to say however, it was a great shooting rifle and I scored expert. So, I’d take the burns as a trade off any day.

  7. TRRA on October 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I had gas-in-the-face happen to me with a right handed pump. So the problem is not exclusively related to autoloader cycling. WIth a pump it must be related to the seal or lack thereof between the chamber and the shell.

  8. joe allison on October 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    yep I have twice had to stop shooting half way round a course because of powder residue in my eyes …now I do what I should have always done ….wear safety glasses

  9. uvcoach42 on October 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Being a left handed and trying to shoot a semi-auto by various manufactures. I final gave up the notion that I can shoot them… Which limits me on some of the deals I could have gotten if I were a right handed shooters..

  10. Hamish the Irish Amish on October 27, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Randy, as a lifelong lefty shooting RH guns, its a total non issue on any firearm Ive ever shot, pumps, autos, with the glaring exception being the KelTec Sub 2K.

  11. Solid Foundation Gundogs on October 27, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve been shooting a long time and know from being a left handed shoot that if you shoot enough and long enough you will get some residue in your eyes or on your face.. shooting a right handed AR15 as a left handed shooter I’ve gotten cartridge burns on my face and neck.

  12. Chroma on October 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    What I don’t like about being left handed is having to reload every side charger as an AK, I usually reach under with my dominant hand while my supporting hand well… supports the gun.
    Also pump actions are a nightmare being left handed,I often had shells bouncing off my arm back into the chamber jamming it.

  13. John Doe on October 27, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Remington makes a left handed 870 pump. Only available in 12 gauge, and only in 28" barrel. No, it’s not an auto-loader, but for a field gun, it’s great. If I ever start shooting quick doubles, I’ll look into an semi auto, but for anything single shot, I’ll stick with my 870. There are sporting clays and some skeet where the second target is delayed. The pump will still work just fine then.

  14. Chet Walters on October 27, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    The safety on the wrong side when being a left is the biggest issue for me when hunting pheasant. Harder to get a quick and efficient draw every time for when hunting over flushers or birds getting up quick.

  15. Truth of 73 on October 27, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Deer hunting all my life with a Remington 1100. I shoot lefty but have never had a problem. But of course, far less shooting deer hunting than trap or skeet.

  16. Jelly Bryce on October 27, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    interesting topic.