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Wanted to kno if it would be a good idea for me to get a glock made for a lefty. Meaning the mag release, slide thumb lock, on the opposite side. About to buy my first glock, i am left handed.. I kno some lefty's will get em custom fit for a lefty and some wont. Whatya think???
 

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you can get the 4th gen that has the reversible mag release (which is what I have). For me I just use my middle finger to actuate the mag release I find it a lot easier than using my thumb but thats just me, and I rarely use the slide stop for chambering a round (especially on a Glock). My best advice would be to just fondle the gun that you are planning to buy and see if you are able to actuate all the controls comfortably before you buy it...always remember that guns are kind of like cars, they loose a lot of value once they leave the dealer so make sure you are sure of your decision before you purchase.
 

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I would just go with the 4th Gen as well
 

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yeah just keep in mind that if you get a gen 4 and reverse the mag release then you can only use 4th gen mags...thats what ive been told anyway
 

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Yeah like already said they are. It is easy to do as well. No big deal at all. Done in a minute or less
 

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Confirmed. The mag release on the Gen4 guns is reversible and like they said only takes a couple of minutes to roll it over to the other side.

Confirmed. Once you swap it to the other side you will be limited to the ambi cut mags but they are readily available as GLOCK started producing all mags like this a year or so ago in anticipation of the ambi models. I have nothing that is ambi but almost every mag I currently own (dozens and dozens) are ambi cut. I just did it to get new mags with the newest followers.

Interesting you asked about a slide stop lever on the other side. GLOCK doesn't make them like that at all ... that I've heard of. I haven't even seen a custom shop do it. Do you have any links to folks doing that? I am not questioning you as if I don't believe it. I am just interested to see what it looks like on that side, how they actually do it and make it work and what they do with the regular side after moving the spring/lever over.
 

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Yeah go with the Gen 4 and leave the slide lock where it is. You don't need it anyway for manipulation of the firearm.
 

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I'm a lefty as well, and I have a G17 Gen4 so I can support the comments of others regarding the magazine release: it takes about five minutes to swap it over if you go slow and follow the instructions. Also, you certainly will need Gen4 magazines if you make the swap. Operating the magazine release with your left thumb instead of your left index finger or middle finger will enable you to keep a more secure grip on the pistol when you change magazines, so I think it's a good idea.

As for the slide stop/release, one thing I would recommend is getting a Glock extended slide stop lever ($17) from any of a number of suppliers (it's made by Glock and is supplied on the G34). This makes it a bit easier to operate the slide release with your left index finger, if you want to do that; it's quicker than racking the slide if you run the gun dry (meaning you empty the magazine and the slide locks back).

One other piece to get is a Glockmeister extended slide lock ($10) which will make it a little easier to field strip the gun. Both parts are easy to install, instructions are available online. Here's one source, there are others (http://www.glockmeister.com/Tech_Info.asp).

You'll enjoy the G17, it's a great pistol right out of the box, and there are dozens of aftermarket parts to "tune it up" to suit your preferences.

Chris
 

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Shooting over 40 years and a lefty since birth. I would feel uncomfortable changing to a left handed gun because I'm used to right handed guns
I'm left handed, and I've had no problems doing things just fine in a world where the majority are right handed. When I shoot a pistol it's left handed and I haven't had any problems with an unmodified Glock, or just about any other pistol. Mag release with the middle finger, and IF I use the slide release (practice so I know I can if I need to) I know I can do it with no problems with a stock slide release. And besides, we're lefties, we adapt to "right handed" items better than our less... gifted cousins adapt to a left handed item. ;) ;)
{No tongue in cheek smiley so the winks will have to do for the good natured jab}

Ironically, being right eye dominant, I shoot long guns right handed.

Jeff
 

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Confirmed. The mag release on the Gen4 guns is reversible and like they said only takes a couple of minutes to roll it over to the other side.

Confirmed. Once you swap it to the other side you will be limited to the ambi cut mags but they are readily available as GLOCK started producing all mags like this a year or so ago in anticipation of the ambi models. I have nothing that is ambi but almost every mag I currently own (dozens and dozens) are ambi cut. I just did it to get new mags with the newest followers.

Interesting you asked about a slide stop lever on the other side. GLOCK doesn't make them like that at all ... that I've heard of. I haven't even seen a custom shop do it. Do you have any links to folks doing that? I am not questioning you as if I don't believe it. I am just interested to see what it looks like on that side, how they actually do it and make it work and what they do with the regular side after moving the spring/lever over.
Can't be done. No room the trigger bar is in the way
 

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It's called ambidextrous! My daughter can write on a chalk board(flip-chart) starting on the left side with her left hand, get to the center of the chalk board, switch to her right hand and write to the right side of the board/chart with no noticeable difference in "penmanship"! Have I confused you yet? She can shoot the same way, both handguns and long guns. Can do the same thing with guitars and fiddles! P----s me off! She lives down there among you guys in GA,...Auburn!
 

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I'm left handed, and I've had no problems doing things just fine in a world where the majority are right handed. When I shoot a pistol it's left handed and I haven't had any problems with an unmodified Glock, or just about any other pistol. Mag release with the middle finger, and IF I use the slide release (practice so I know I can if I need to) I know I can do it with no problems with a stock slide release. And besides, we're lefties, we adapt to "right handed" items better than our less... gifted cousins adapt to a left handed item. ;) ;)
{No tongue in cheek smiley so the winks will have to do for the good natured jab}

Ironically, being right eye dominant, I shoot long guns right handed.

Jeff
This.......exactly.
 
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