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Okay, the resident lefty is stirring the pot again. Does anyone make a left handed slide release? Would it be possible?

I had another idea where you could take a regular slide release and join it to the front trigger guard. Then cut the trigger guard so that pressing the guard forward releases the slide. My original though was to have only the left 1/16" to 1/8" to be used as a slide release and the rest of the trigger guard to remain intact.

Does anyone understand what I am describing here? Is it possible? Problems with the idea other than cost of making the part?

I figured the new slide release would be faster and more convient than the current one. Being a lefty it wouldn't seem to be that unsafe considering my finger would be pushing away from the trigger on the outside left edge of the trigger guard.
 

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There were a couple of companies that were selling ambi-slide releases, I don't know how well they worked. And I don't remember if they were shown in the latest Brownell's catalogue or not.

You might try looking at their web site: http://www.brownells.com

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Rosco, I am aware of that and have been doing that for awhile. But I was more thinking about the custom aspect of things. Also making things a bit more user friendly.
 

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I know what ya mean. If you just had to have it,I think it would be easier to just put a plunger tube on the right side of the frame, make a slide stop lever held to the original slide stop shaft by a screw that would work off of the right side plunger tube. The negative to this is a more complicated dissassembly procedure.
I just learned to hit the slide lever with my trigger finger and really never think a thing of it anymore. Kind of like using scissors in my right hand. I doubt if I could use a pair of lefty scissors if you handed them to me.
 

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THE PART YOU ARE REFERING TO IS CALLED A SLIDE STOP. THE 1911 ALLREADY HAS AN AMBIDEXTROUS SLIDE RELEASE. THE CORRECT WAY TO RELEASE THE SLIDE IS TO SIMPLY PULL IT TO THE REAR AND LET IT GO.
 

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I've been releasing the slide with my right hand, as I push the mag home. I was using my trigger finger, but one of my guns is so stiff, I can't get enough leverage; I'm thinking it's better to "learn" one way, than to try to remember which gun is which.
 

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Rickb,

That's the problem I am having with a .38 Super. It is so stiff that fingering it down is a chore. It is possible but under pressure it wouldn't be something I want to count on. I have been considering shooting in matches and I want to get the gun ready. Also releasing the slide with my right hand seems like too many hands doing too many things. I still think my idea, though VERY costly would be a very interesting improvement to a great design. With the trigger guard modification all controls would be accessable with barely any change in hand position.
 

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This will get negative responses from many,but the easiest cure is a Pachmayer extended SS.I have a rough time dropping the slide shooting weak hand,and it takes more time to slingshot the slide.The Pach. has a very thin extension,adding an insugnificant amount of weight compared to others that alot of people contribute (rightfully so) to unreliability.To make things better,I trim it to a length that is suitable to hit but doesn't leave excess-the extension almost touches an extended thumb safety.If you do run across one of the old ambi's Jim mentioned,KEEP GOING.These had a ton of extra weight,and require a very stiff mag spring to operate even semi-reliably.
 
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