• Savage Southpaws! Savage adds to its lineup for lefties in 2018

    Over the past two decades, Savage Arms has achieved an impressive stronghold in the firearms industry. For this, the company credits one of its key initiatives: dominating niche markets.

    “Savage has always said, whether it’s a bigger gun, faster gun or one that fulfills a specific customer
    need, we strive be the leader in specialty models,” said Firearms Communications Manager JJ Reich.

    An excellent example is its broad variety of left-handed firearms.

    “I am a left-handed shooter, so I am particularly happy to be part of a company that caters to people who shoot from the other side,” said Reich. “New for 2018 are several options in centerfire target and hunting rifles, plus some favorite rimfire models.”

    A recent interview with Reich reveals why Savage is a leader in producing left-handed firearms.

    What new options does Savage offer in left-handed options for precision chassis rifles?

    REICH: Savage’s new left-handed Model 10/110 BA Stealth and Stealth Evolution feature a heavy fluted barrel with a monolithic aluminum chassis, popular with long-range precision shooters. Both rifle models feature Savage’s zero-tolerance, thread-in headspacing, user-adjustable AccuTrigger and 5R button rifling, and both produce sub-MOA accuracy at extreme ranges, right out of the box. The rifles are available in some of the hottest calibers in long-range shooting, including 338 Lapua Mag., 300 Win. Mag. 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Win. and 223 Rem. The Stealth Evolution is also available in 6mm Creedmoor.

    What does Savage offer in new left-handed options for hunting rifles?
    REICH:The upgraded Model 110 Storm is available in a left-handed configuration. It is built off the same 110 action as the past but it now features the all-new user-adjustable AccuFit system, which allows shooters to customize the stock’s comb height and length-of-pull for better fit and function. It also features a detachable box magazine, stainless steel action, and stainless steel matte-finish barrel to stand up to punishment from the most brutal weather conditions. The left-handed version comes in 223 Rem., 22-250 Rem., 243 Win., 270 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., 7mm Rem. Mag., 308 Win., 30-06 Sprg. and 300 Win. Mag.

    Savage Arms 110 Storm LH

    The Model 110 Tactical also comes in a left-handed 308 Win. It is suppressor-ready and fitted with a heavy, fluted, 24-inch barrel, ideal for extreme accuracy in all conditions.

    What new left-handed options does Savage offer for rimfire rifles?
    REICH: Savage has a left-handed version of the B17 17 HMR, B22 22 LR and B22 22 WMR bolt-action rimfire rifles. All feature a sporter barrel and black synthetic stock. The B Series’ ergonomically designed stock, higher comb, top tang safety and target-style, vertical pistol grip allow shooters to hold the rifle in a more natural position that puts less pressure on the wrist. Like the popular A Series rimfires, all B Series rifles feature a 10-round rotary magazine and the accuracy-boosting adjustable AccuTrigger. The B Series also features Savage’s zero-tolerance, thread-in headspace system, similar to that of their centerfire models which helps its exceptional accuracy.

    Savage Arms B17 LH

    Why does Savage offer so many left-handed options?
    REICH: Specialty guns are our bread and butter, and they’re great business for us. All of our product offerings made it in our catalog because they fulfill a special need. For example, lightweight predator rifles, F-Class target rifles, a firearm that properly fits a female—those are all special customer needs. A bolt gun that has the bolt on the other side is just another special need. It’s as simple as that.

    How many left-handed firearms do you offer?
    REICH: More than 20 models. We have left-handed options available throughout our product line, including those for big game, tactical, target competition and predator hunting. We also offer left-handed slug shotguns, and bolt-action and semi-automatic rimfire rifles. To quickly see all of our left-handed options, open the Gun Finder tool on our website (savagearms.com) and select “left” in the search function.

    Do you plan to offer more in the future?
    REICH: Yes, definitely. When we release a new firearm it’s usually only in a right-handed model, but oftentimes we introduce the left-handed version in the years that follow. However, if you are a dealer looking to stock a left-handed Savage firearm, or order one for a specific customer who is looking for a left-handed model not listed in the catalog or website, just call us. Many times our special order department can build left-hand versions of our rifles. The only limitation is the availability of left-handed stocks for particular rifles. Some of our right-handed rifles are built with stocks our vendor simply doesn’t have a left-handed version for. But most of the time, we can special build a lefty for you.

    How big is the left-handed firearms market?
    REICH: Research reports more than 10 percent of Americans are left-handed. Then there are those who are right-handed, but left-eye dominant. These hunters and shooters greatly benefit from a left-handed firearm. Sum them up and the number of potential customers spikes significantly. Simply put, if dealers want to sell more guns, they can’t ignore this niche. That’s why we’re here to supply dependable, accurate and popular left-handed choices.

    How big is the right-handed, left-eye dominant segment of the market?
    REICH: I haven’t seen any official numbers, but we know these people exist. It is not uncommon for people to tell us at sports shows and through social media channels that they are right-handed yet shoot lefty. Several of our employees, plus a few outdoor writers we work with, are like this.

    The right-handed, left-eye-dominant customer is interesting. When a right-handed person switches the gun to their left shoulder and uses their dominant eye to aim, they are often more accurate. Most brand new shooters test their eyes to see which shoulder they should learn to shoot from, which is great. However, it’s not uncommon for us to hear about shooters and hunters—those with years of shooting experience—deciding to sell their right-handed guns and buy a left-handed one, especially bolt-action firearms. These folks are shooting more accurately and getting more satisfaction at the range and on their hunts when using a left-handed gun.

    How do left-handed shooters benefit from a left-handed gun?
    REICH: For lefties, having a left-handed bolt gun is extremely important because it allows a fast follow-up shot. A shooter’s support hand never has to leave the fore-end—or their cheek leave the stock—while their trigger hand operates the bolt. Also, having the action open on the left side makes for easier loading with your left hand, and hot spent cases never fly across your face.

    From the manufacturing standpoint, what makes Savage Arms the leader?
    REICH: Becoming the left-handed leader is not an accident. Part of the genius behind our long-standing, time-proven action designs is versatility. Quite simply, our actions are easier to convert to left-handed. Many of our competitors need a completely different receiver design to convert their right-handed rifles to the left. This is time-consuming and expensive, so they often decide to opt out of the left-handed market. Not us. Both our Model 110 receivers and AXIS receivers have a fairly symmetrical design. Our top-tang safety is symmetrical as are bolt releases on several models. So basically it just comes down to changing the bolt assembly and machining the ejection port on the other side.

    How difficult is it to make left-handed firearms in your factory?
    REICH: We greatly benefit from operational agility at our factories. We are set up to changeover our machines to efficiently build left-handed parts for our rifles. This allows us to manufacture small batches of left-handed guns whenever we need them—without labor-intensive and time-consuming expenses, and without messing up our planned production schedule. It’s just one of those things we are better equipped to do than most of our competitors.

    Why should more dealers stock left-handed firearms?
    REICH: For the same reason we manufacture so many: If you don’t neglect other niche segments, why neglect this one? We love catering to left-handed shooters. And once they try a Savage rifle, we know the feeling will be mutual. Many left-handed shooters buy one gun from us and they come back for more. We sell great guns and we have an impressive variety of options left-handers are looking for. We are not going to ignore this niche and neither should our dealers.

    Is there anything else you want readers to know about Savage’s left-handed guns?
    REICH: We make specialty guns. Put yourself in the consumer’s shoes: Would you rather have a general purpose gun or one made to do exactly what you want? Just look at the many TV personalities we sponsor—they can shoot any Savage they want, but they all gravitate to our specialty guns. Jackie Bushman chooses left-handed guns. Some of our other sponsored hunters choose the Compact Hunter and Long Range Hunter rifles.

    Whether it is a left-handed gun or a different specialized gun—it’s the same idea: It’s a gun that fits the shooter’s needs. It’s just one of the things that keep them, and all our customers, happy. When they’re happy, we’re happy.

    Comments 4 Comments
    1. penna shooter's Avatar
      penna shooter -
      About time....Stealth lefty looks killer..
    1. IDbound's Avatar
      IDbound -
      Thanks for not making us right-minded shooters feel like an ugly step child!
    1. boostless's Avatar
      boostless -
      If they would offer the target/varmint rimfires in lefty...
    1. yobuck's Avatar
      yobuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by boostless View Post
      If they would offer the target/varmint rimfires in lefty...
      Why couldn't one be built off a lefty 22 mag action? I bought mine for close range varmits.
      Better yet look around for a Martini if your a target shooter.