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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!

Bullpup Home Defense Self Defense Sport Rifles Tactical Rifle TAVOR

The Tavor X95 XB16

Tavor X95 XB16

The Tavor X95 XB16

The new Tavor X95 XB16 is the latest in Bullpup technology from IWI US. It is available in 9mm as well as .300 Blackout and 9mm conversion kits, and is available in Black, FDE (XFD16), and OD Green (XG16).

When the Israeli firearms manufacturer first designed the original Tavor TAR-1 in the mid 1990s, they did so to meet the weaponry needs for close quarters combat situations. Soldiers needed something that they can use while maneuvering and clearing houses and buildings in urban environments, but yet had to be just as reliable (if not more) than the AR or AK platforms. Not only did the Tavor TAR-21 present a shorter profile than “traditional” ARs, it also featured an ambidextrous, modular platform. It didn’t matter if the shooters were left handed or right handed. The Tavor could be configured to fit the exact needs of each individual shooter. Today, the Tavor platform is one of the most predominate weapon systems used by today’s Elite Special Forces Units.

Tavor X95 XB16

Once the Tavor was allowed to be released to the civilian market, they began shipping them over to the US with the designation of “SAR.” Since then, a following of bullpup shooters has evolved that has turned the weekend warrior’s world upside down.

Now, the next evolution of bullpup designs has hit the market with more advanced features and design changes that many shooters have been begging for… and IWI has obviously listened.

Tavor X95 XB16

New Features on the X95 XB16

  • The new X95 now features an “M16” style Mag Release Button instead of the old SAR switch which made magazine changes unacceptably more difficult and time consuming.
  • Shooters now have the ability to change out their pistol grip according to their personal preference simply by unscrewing the screw on the bottom of the pistol grip
  • Relocation of the charging handle that is closer to the shooters center of mass
  • Lower profile bolt release and enhanced rear receiver
  • A forearm tactical rail system to accommodate accessories such as a flashlight
  • And finally, a lighter trigger system (5-6 lbs.)

The new Magazine Release Button and forward rail design are by far my two favorite modifications on this new model. No more awkward feelings trying to nail that rear magazine switch will manipulating the firearm during maneuvers or while conducting tactical reloads. Yes, once you got the hang of the old system you were able to get pretty good at it, but with this new AR style magazine button, its 100x easier. And the forward rail system that comes covered from the factory with the standard plastic forehand guards (seen in the photos above) are absolutely perfect for mounting a flashlight for home defense purposes, or even a forward grip.

Overall, I would say that the Bullpup platform has evolved into an exceptional platform with the new Tavor X95 XB16, especially for close quarter combat applications. If you haven’t gotten the chance to try one yet, do so and it will open your mind to a whole new world of shooting.

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