Traditions Kentucky Rifle Kit- Left Hand Concern

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This is my first post on this forum. I am wanting to build the Traditions Kentucky Rifle .50 Cal Percussion Kit. My problem is that I am left handed and they do not have a left handed version of that kit or any other. I normally would just shoot any right handed rifle left handed but with the way these rifles are I just was not sure if the cap would mess with my eye sight in my left eye or if there is some sort of a shield that I could put onto it to stop that possible issue. Thanks in advance.
 

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I'm so left-handed I can't even pick my nose right-handed. All my muzzleloaders are right-hand and have never been a problem. In fact, it makes the TC Hawken more comfortable to me than to most right-handers because that bulbous cheek rest doesn't get in my way. Wear shooting glasses(which you should do anyway) and you'll be fine. And if you're shooting from a rest, long sleeves are nice.

In fact, a few years ago I bought a left-hand Renegade and it just felt completely foreign to me. Never could learn to like it.
 

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Welcome to the forum. If you haven't purchased your kit yet, you could check out Lyman muzzleloader rifles. They have several models of finished guns in left hand.
I recommend the gun works/muzzleloading emporium as an online source.
 

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For what it's worth, just for the challenge, I will shoot my wife's left handed flintlock from my right side. I am right handed, right eye dominate. But I wear eyeglasses all of the time.
But, as I said in my other post, eye protection while shooting any firearm, especially muzzle loading rifles, is important.
 
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My first and only build so far was a Traditions Kentucky 50 cal cap kit. I had a devil of a time with the gap between the fore stock and the butt stock. If I got that to match then the gap between the fore stock and the brass end gap opened up. I will have try to make a filler plate to fill the rear gap. I will never again purchase a two piece stock kit. Anyway it does shoot well.
 
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I'm right handed but shoot long guns left shouldered. I have three Flintlocks that are right handed and they don't bother me shooting left shouldered, my cap guns are the same. I have one cap rifle that's a lefty and it always looks funny to me but makes no difference when shooting it. Just make sure to wear good glasses when shooting anything.
 

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The only concern might be cap flash on the inside of your right arm (near the wrist.) The cup mentioned above will take care of that, or wear a guard on your wrist (I use a cut off sock.)

ADK Bigfoot
 

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I have a nice little .45 percussion and I put that brass cup on mine. They are worthwhile, IMHO, because the only rifles that ever spit on me were percussion.
 

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One I have had the brass cup on it. Removed it after first shot. Blew debris back in to my face. Cup great for underhammer, about all.
 

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Some like the brass cup, I don't. Best thing to do shooting left handed with a right hand percussion gun is wear something to cover your wrist and forearm along with safety glasses.
 

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Pecatonica River has several LH kits, my Virginia rifle came from there. It's not a parts drop in kit though, some fitting will have to be done.
 

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This is my first post on this forum. I am wanting to build the Traditions Kentucky Rifle .50 Cal Percussion Kit. My problem is that I am left handed and they do not have a left handed version of that kit or any other. I normally would just shoot any right handed rifle left handed but with the way these rifles are I just was not sure if the cap would mess with my eye sight in my left eye or if there is some sort of a shield that I could put onto it to stop that possible issue. Thanks in advance.

Never shoot a BP gun without eye protection.
Especially percussion guns.
 
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There are left handed kits out there that are light years ahead of the quality of a Traditions. Personally I wouldn't waste my money if you possess modest skills and own a few tools.
 

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