Bullpup rifles have seen a resurgence in the last few years. As new, improved and classic models hit the market, people are embracing their compact size without sacrificing barrel length.
Marine turned range safety officer Andrew Bryant showed off three of the most popular bullpup rifles available to shoot at Battlefield Vegas, which has over 600 machine guns in its world famous gun vault.
His top three bullpups are the IWI X95, the FN P90 and the Steyr AUG. Although all three are fully automatic at Battlefield, all of them can be purchased by civilians in their semi-automatic versions.
“They’re all fabulous weapons systems,” said Bryant. He explained the X95 and Styer AUG tend to be a bit jumpy in full auto, “but they’re really, really flat and really accurate in semi-auto,” he said.
He thinks the P90 is the most controllable to shoot out of all three. This is a result of it firing the smaller 5.7×28mm round specifically designed for the weapon. The 5.7×28mm round was designed to compete with the 9×19mm round. So, it’s not as powerful as the 5.56×45mm, but it’s a very capable round.
“If I had to choose between the three,” said Bryant, and he paused, trying to decide which one he liked best, “I’d have to go with the X95 simply because it’s the most similar to the M16.”
The Israelis designed the X95 to replace their M16’s for close quarter situations. They kept a lot of the M-16’s characteristics, which makes it easy for those familiar with the M16, or AR-15, to operate the weapon.
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