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    Posted: January 05 2018 at 3:23pm
... never being able to truly perform a Lee Enfield Mad Minute!!!
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i realize all too well the drawbacks , im not left handed but my daughter is , we have discussed this on many occasions , im still working on left handed firearms for her , she does OK with right handed handguns but long guns are a different matter , we both like lever guns 

but it means being able to play left side on the volleyball team , having your bachelors paid for then being recruited to coach and get your masters paid for and becoming one of our olymip coaches , my daughter , im so proud 


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There weren't any left handed soldiers in the British army.. Not after basic training anyway.Wink
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A Square... You should be proud!! Athletics and education! Very good!
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Stanforth, I have read that. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I didn't have a sargeant-major screaming in my ear at the range when I was learning to shoot!!
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We had an RAF corporal. He wasn't allowed a Swagger stick as that's for Warrant officers only. Somehow he got away with sawing a billiard cue in half & bolting a big brass crown to the fat end. He called it "Corporal Punishment".
A few taps on the inside of the ankle or knee with it "in the prone" & you suddenly weren't left handed any more.
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That would do the trick! Stiff upper lip, laddie! Funny story.
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This bloke gas a good crack at it left handed. may not be a textbook position for the "mad minute" but better then nothing.https://youtu.be/2VTHAGz4nDo
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oh , i am very proud , i try not to bring her up too often , three of my current gun bags are hers from bejing , london , rio , she makes me smile always - two kids and still plays hard , two on four at most local tournaments in the summer sand lot stuff , and they win
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I know there is a lot of interest in doing a Mad Minute with these lovely old rifles; but personally I don't think it's a great idea. While it was obviously useful on the battle field; I wonder why some owner's need to thrash their rifles with rapid fire. There is only so much wear and tear built in to each rifle, so why waste it!

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Zed. With all due respect, I suspect alot of present owners have been in the military or have dad's, Grampa's that served. I have know idea what WW1, WW2, or Korea was like for Canadian infantry men, but I suspect terrifying, exhilarating... A mad minute on an on coming enemy may not been effective, but I truly suspect it was morale lifting. God bless them! Maybe current Mad Minute people just want to feel just a tiny bit of what our warriors went thru. Of course, without being KIA. I also suspect most Enfields have lots of wear and tear left in them. Been going strong for a long, long time!
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The thing is may don't "do a mad Minute" when they "do a mad minute", if you get my drift.
I see so many U boob vids of people messing up a fast 10-rounds & claiming its a mad minute!

A Mad Minute includes actually hitting a 4' target at 300 yds consistently for 60 seconds. You need 15 to even qualify.
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:


A Mad Minute includes actually hitting a 4' target at 300 yds consistently for 60 seconds. You need 15 to even qualify.
 
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..I don't need to do a "mad minute" I'm mad all the time!
I don't think I would want to do that to my Vimy Vet - she was thru enuf..sides, I'd probably catch a finger in the bolt, anyway!
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I'm a leftie and that certainly poses some problems when shooting. Bolt action rifles obviously take more time to cycle for me, although really not that much more that it is an issue. Except if you want to do a "mad minute", which I don't. Thankfully when the empty case is ejected, it misses me. I did consider with my modern rifles whether to get left handed versions, but didn't. I thought having rifles with mirror image workings would confuse me. Right handed items are easier to move on too and cheaper and easier to source. I apply the same logic to shotguns. I shoot well (usually) with right handed double barrelled guns. I wanted to buy a semi auto for wildfowl though and had my eye on a Beretta, who at the time didn't make left handed semis. So I borrowed one, hoping it would be okay, the main problem potentially being hit with she!!s being ejected. But no, they fly past me and I don't even see them go. So all good. I probably should have had an NCO earlier in my life shouting at me until I became a righty, but I didn't and I survive and do okay.

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Incidentally, the sniper in saving Private Ryan is a leftie who shoots his rifle left handed. So either the US forces didn't insist on shooting right handed or that film maybe got something wrong. Surely can't be the latter, can it? Tongue
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