In case you missed it previously, Cabot Guns is building a left-hand oriented 1911 pistol called the South Paw. The South Paw was introduced at the 2012 SHOT Show.
Cabot claims the South Paw is the only left-handed 1911 pistol on the market, and I believe they are right. Left-handed firearms are often produced in limited numbers in the rifle community, but are even less common in handguns. Typically, gun companies will offer ambidextrous or reversible features (safeties, mag releases), but not a straight lefty.
The Charter Arms Southpaw, a left-handed .38 Special revolver, is another example of a left-handed handgun. Left-handed rifles are not common, but they seem to outnumber left-handed pistols at a factor of ten (or more) to one. You just don’t see too many handguns set up for people who are wired a little different.
According to Cabot Guns, the South Paw is a precision handgun machined to “extreme tolerances.” The price? $5250. It is not cheap, but it is also something you are not likely to find elsewhere. With a small supply, prices go up. If you then take that constrained supply and build in very high quality and tight tolerances, you can expect that the price will jump up substantially.
Cabot Guns is still listing the South Paw on the company’s website. The MSRP has increased to $5,750, but there is a lot more information listed for the gun. I encourage everyone to follow the link above to the site and read all of the custom features that are standard on these pistols. I would definitely go with the California olive wood grips on my pistol if I was buying one. Your tastes and preferences, of course, may vary.