Why Convert a Shotgun or Rifle to a Bullpup?

Why Convert a Shotgun or Rifle to a Bullpup? What is a bullpup? A bullpup shotgun or bullpup rifle relocates the action and chamber from the typical area above, or […]
Bullpup Unlimited kit vs Mossberg 500 Magpul Edition. The length difference is noteworthy

Bullpup Unlimited kit vs Mossberg 500 Magpul Edition. The length difference is noteworthy

Why Convert a Shotgun or Rifle to a Bullpup?

What is a bullpup?

A bullpup shotgun or bullpup rifle relocates the action and chamber from the typical area above, or above and forward of the trigger, to a position just in front of the shoulder, effectively inside the buttstock. This allows a bullpup to have a shorter overall length than a standard shotgun or rifle with the same barrel length. In some situations, having a shorter shotgun or rifle is advantageous as it allows easier maneuvering.

You can find Bullpup conversion stocks at many retailers like Amazon, or specialist retailers like Brownells.

Some of my favorite bullpup conversions:

  • AK-47 bullpup
  • Ruger 10/22 bullpup
  • Mosin Nagant bullpup
  • Marlin Camp 9 bullpup
  • Marlin Camp 45 Bullpup
  • Remington 870 bullpup
  • Mossberg 500 bullpup
  • Mosin Nagant bullpup

Um… Why convert a pump action shotgun to a bullpup?

Because it is handy. Pump action shotguns are often chosen for their combination of reliability and capacity. While a single shot shotgun is likely the most reliable option, it only holds one shell at a time. A pump action shotgun allows for rapid follow-up shots without the sometimes questionable reliability of semi-automatic shotguns. Wrapping these benefits in a shorter package can be a big advantage for some uses like home or vehicle defense, law enforcement or close quarters hunting.

Reducing the overall length of a rifle or shotgun via a bullpup conversion can:

  • AR Soc ar-15 printed magazine cover for pmag or gi mag - Come and take itMake the rifle easier to handle in confined spaces
  • Improve the balance of the rifle
  • Reduce the functional perceived weight of the rifle by bringing the mass of the weapon closer to the body, thus reducing the leverage that mass exerts and making it feel lighter
  • Make the rifle easier to store and transport
  • Allow a longer barrel for greater bullet velocity and accuracy vs a traditional stock
  • Improve the looks of the rifle.

These benefits aren’t without compromise. Common issues with bullpups include:

  • Trigger linkages that can be troublesome and/or unreliable
  • Shorter sight radius for iron sights vs a traditional stock
  • Poor loading ergonomics on some bullpups due to chamber being further aft
  • Chamber location beside or aft of shooter’s head, which increases danger in the event of a chamber, action, or barrel failure
Century Arms AK-47 Bullpup

Century Arms AK-47 Bullpup

Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

Only you can decide if a Bullpup is right for you. However, modern bullpup designs used with appropriate ammunition and safety practices are thought to be relatively safe.

Let us know what questions you have about Bullpup rifles and Bullpup shotguns.

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