Sunday, February 07, 2016

Bullpups in the Marketplace

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Semi-auto bullpup rifles are becoming increasingly popular in America and Canada. The Steyr AUG, IWI Tavor and recently released Kel-Tec RDB are all successful and popular designs, but each fire 5.56 NATO rounds and are fed by STANAG magazines, or the proprietary AUG mag.

Armenia produces a bullpup Kalashnikov style rifle, which is selective fire, and shoots the Russian AK-74 5.45×39mm cartridge fed from AK-74 magazines. I suspect a civilian semi-auto only sporting version of this rifle, or something like it, built in the USA and 922R compliant would be a commercial success. A 7.62x39mm version that uses AK-47/AKM mags would sell even better, and a rifle stock edition sans pistol grip in tandem with a long barrel might be made 50 state legal, and still be shorter than an AR-15 sbr without the need for a NFA tax stamp. It would also generate more clearance for mag changes, have low blast and muzzle flash, and offer the best velocity from the round.

This is just an idea I am floating out in the ether. If there are any investors who would like to investigate the possibilities, please contact me at: