I am pretty new to this forum and Hi Points in general. I will just leave it as it is and deal with it but I was just curious why the carbine was designed this way.High tower, I thing this subject came up in the last iteration of the Matr...... I mean forum.
You could modify the cover to accommodate the travel requirements, but the problem is the sliding nut or handle can accidentally move in while firing and hit the shield (it does not happen on the other side cause the slit is to narrow).
Now, you could leave the handle off, but you would loose the lock open ability.
True, but none of those guns were equipped with a pistol grip. You needed to use your left hand to hold the weapon while cycling the bolt. Now with a modern PG stock its much easier, faster and intuitave to have it on the left.Real simple.
The charging method and location of most semi-auto rifles today stems from the location of the bolt handle on a bolt action rifle, and that from the location of the lock on a firelock rifle or musket.
The AR platforms and a few others have true ambidextrous operation, but for most people, having the charging handle on the left side of the gun would be akin to having the bolt handle of a bolt action on the left side - cumbersome, and something I've had to learn to adapt to as a lefty.