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AR-15 Bullpup Tactical Rifle TAVOR

Bullpup Rifles vs. Standard AR15 and AK Rifles

The first time I saw a bullpup rifle was in the movie Die Hard. The gun was space age, sleek, modern, and just cool looking. The gun I’m referring to is the Steyr AUG. Ever since that film I have been fascinated by the bullpup concept and what it has to offer the firearm community.

bullpup rifle

Now, what is a bullpup rifle you ask? How is it different from the AR15s of the world? Let me explain the pros and cons of the bullpup system vs the more common AR15 rifle system. The bullpup design places the firearm’s action and magazine behind the trigger group. The reasoning behind this is to decrease the length and weight of the firearm while retaining the same barrel length. This design is a far cry from the standard style of rifles. The AR15 pattern of rifles differ in that the action and magazine well are in front of the shooter rather than in the rear. This allows the shooter to quickly change magazines and manipulate the gun without having to shift their grip. Now one can learn and adapt to the bullpup rifle, and some may even come to prefer it. The pros to having a bullpup rifle are the ability to have a standard length barrel without having to file for a SBR tax stamp with the ATF. The overall dimensions are compact, which allows the user to manipulate the firearm in close quarters. The cons include having to learn a new way of manipulating your firearm. The shooter is essentially re-learning a weapon system that may feel uncomfortable to them. For the majority of gun owners and/or new shooters, they are familiar with the AR15 rifles as well as the AK patterned rifles. So when a relatively new concept comes to the market some may shy away from the design altogether.

bullpup rifle

Now, personally, I have always been intrigued by the concept of the bullpup rifle, and I have acquired several different variations of popular bullpup weapons including the Steyr AUG mentioned earlier. One cool and fascinating version of the bullpup is the very popular IWI Tavor. The Tavor is an Israeli designed bullpup rifle that utilizes AR15 magazines. That is a huge bonus to the AR15 owner who has a plethora of magazines for that rifle system. See all the available models of IWI Tavor! Another version of the bullpup system is the FNH PS90. What’s different about this design is the fact that the magazine sits on top of the receiver behind the shooter and ejects the spent casings downward. The PS90 is a completely ambidextrous weapon that allows lefties and righties to manipulate the gun effectively. Check out more on the FNH PS90! The last, but equally awesome, bullpup I’ll mention is the KSG shotgun from Keltec. What’s interesting about this gun is the fact that it is a bullpup shotgun that incorporates dual feeding tubes and ejects empty shells downward, similar to the PS90. This creates a very compact shotgun that keeps the legal 18.5 barrel while maintaining a short overall package.

bullpup rifle

Now you may be thinking, he’s biased toward bullpups. Absolutely not! I have a fascination with the design, but I also enjoy and love my AR15s. In the end if you have an AR15 but are just looking for something different, something compact, and something that is just different enough to add to your arsenal, try out a bullpup. Check out our selection of IWI Tavor Rifles on Gunbuyer.com!

AR-15 New Releases Self Defense Smith and Wesson Sport Rifles

M&P15 Sport II

Sport II

M&P15 Sport II

The designers over at Smith & Wesson heard the feedback from their loyal consumers, and they have finally answered the call. The Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II, replacing the previous M&P15 Sport now comes with a Forward Assist and a dust cover!

Sport II

That being said, I will let you in on a little secret for those of you who still have and plan on keeping your Ol’ Sport I. Out of my two Combat Tours to Afghanistan, even with all the fine dry dirt that absolutely consumed the environment (we called it “moondust”) I never once used my forward assist. And the dust cover, it only stayed closed when we were Oscar-Mike or inside the wire, the rest of the time it was wide open and spitting out brass. So if you keep your gun clean and rack it properly, you’re gonna be just fine.

As for the Sport II, it is now a fully functional AR just like its VTAC and MOE big brothers. The upper receiver that contains the newly added features also houses a Chromed Firing Pin, Mil-Spec bolt assembly, and flat-top picatinny rail system with Magpul folding MBUS Rear Sight that comes included.

Sport II

Mounted to the rear is a 6-position Collapsible Stock (where legal! Those of you in states with special restrictions there are Sport II models just for you!), and to the front, of course, is the 16” 4140 Steel Barrel with 6 lands and grooves and 1:9 twist. Covering the Gas Operating Semi-Automatic operating system is a High-Temp Polymer Handguard, giving it that Classic AR look.

Sport II

The lower receiver has a forged integral Trigger Guard, high temp polymer handguard, and of course comes standard (were legal) with a 30 round Magpul PMAG. To finish it off, the upper and lower receiver are coated in a Corrosion Resistant Black Armornite finish. Not too bad for an economically priced entry-level AR!

Sport II

What ARE the main differences between the M&P15 Sport II and other high-end models like the VTAC and MOE?

Mainly, it is the type of metals that are used and the accessories that come included with it. While the M&P15 Sport II comes with a 4150 Steel barrel, the VTAC and MOE  both come standard with a 4150 CMV (Chrome-moly Vanadium) Barrel. This Vanadium Steel alloy is considerably stronger and more durable than regular steel which increases accuracy and rifling durability substantially, especially over time. To put it in perspective, Vanadium is a predominant element in alloys that are used to make high integrity parts like gears and crankshafts, and even high-speed drill bits and other manufacturing tools. This is because “regular” steel wares out too fast in relative time.  The other key element that the higher end models include is 5R rifling and in some cases, chrome-lined barrels, which both provide better internal ballistics for competition shooting and accuracy.  Add this on top of the accessories that are included with the higher end models, and you can see where the price differences are.

Sport II

But like most of us out there (including me), you want to build your own rifle, or,  you’re not about to just drop 2 grand on a gun all at once. That’s why the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II is such a great product. It gives you the ability to purchase an AR at a great price, and then over time, add on all the goodies you want and actually build your own rifle at your own pace, custom to you. Either way, whether you are an avid shooter, or simply just getting into the sport, you will find that the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II is above par among entry level ARs.

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AR-15 CORE Rifles Home Defense Self Defense Sport Rifles

The CORE15 Scout – A Great Entry Level AR-15

CORE15 Scout

The CORE15 Scout

The CORE15 Scout is a great AR-15 Sport Rifle for hunting or home defense. One of the most popular products to dramatically increase in demand over the past year are entry level AR’s that are economically priced to fit practically any budget. So much so that companies are now producing less advanced rifles in order to lower costs for consumer budgets, such as the Smith and Wesson M&P15 Sport II, Ruger’s AR-556, and Mossberg’s MMR – the CORE15 Scout is no exception.

Like most AR-15’s, the CORE15 Scout weighs about 6 lbs. with an empty magazine. It comes standard with a 16” 1:9 twist barrel that’s chambered in .223/5.56 NATO. The Upper and Lower Receiver are both Mil-Spec and forged out of 7075-T6 Aluminum Alloy and coated with Type III Class II Hardcoat Anodized Finish. The M16 Chrome-Lined Bolt Carrier group is also Mil-Spec as well is the Buffer Tube Assembly.

CORE15 Scout

The Barrel is finished with the traditional A-2 Flash Hider and is mounted with a forged A Frame Front Sight Base. Covering the 304 Grade Stainless Steel Gas Tube is a set of M4 style polymer molded hand guards that are also resilient to heat. For the pistol grip, CORE opted for the traditional A-2 but did however include their own Oversized Trigger Guard which is great for shooters who prefer shooting with gloves. To finish the package off, CORE includes a Six-Position Retractable Buttstock and 30 round Mission First Tactical Magazine (where legal).

CORE15 Scout

The two best things that the CORE15 Scout offers is that it is all 100% Mil-Spec, and, its picatinny flat-top rail design makes it “optics-ready.” This is outstanding for those who want to purchase an AR-15 rifle and wish to upgrade it as time goes on, because you can virtually upgrade anything you want to it. What is so great about these new entry level AR-15’s, is that you can completely customize them without breaking the bank. Visit CORE’s Website for a more detailed list of specifications.

CORE15 Scout

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Stay Sharp – shooters!