Legend has it that Elmer Keith himself, master cartridge loader and hunter, got the ball rolling with reverse-loaded bullets when he found it difficult to find proper soft-point rounds for hunting deer, but the idea goes further back than that.
Some people have said it has to do with the .455 Webley Mk III, which along with the revolver introduced the “Manstopper” bullet in 1898. But that was an intentional design, an early hollowpoint. The common practice of reversed bullets stared in World War I.
During the Great War German soldiers found that their rifles were completely incapable of penetrating the armor of the British Mark I tank. But by pulling bullets and reloading them backwards they found that the bullets were capable of denting the armor if they struck it face-first.
We got in two of our best-selling Turkish imports from Landor Arms – the AR-style LND-117 shotgun and the bullpup BPX 902 – to give them a whirl on the range and see if the reliability could be paired with the affordable price.
Marlin once claimed their Model 39 as the eldest continually produced, shoulder-fired rifle of all time. Though that record ended when the Marlin brand was parted-off to Ruger, the rimfire world is anticipating a return of this classic.