- Jun 19, 2009
Um, reload is not an issue with any modern bullpup (any issues are just training/learning and that has been proven in studies). And traditional rifles have the disadvantage that they are useless with short barrels that can't hit the broad side of a barn. An 18" barrel bullpup has a shorter OAL than a 8" carbine. Literally the whole point of these programs is the 8" barrels M4s, which are required to get reasonable CQB OAL rifle lengths, have horrible range. Just going to a bullpup with 5.56 basically doubles range while using the same ammo, same mags, same accessories, etc.
Not really. People who were issued bullpups mention how slow they are to reload while prone or in a restricted place. Standing upright is fine but that isn't real world use. And no, I don't know of any bullpup that cuts a whole 10" inches off the length. In general they're about 5" shorter. So that 18" may be equal to around a 12.5-13" traditional rifle.
With a 14" rifle our troops have no issues engaging enemies at 400 meters. In general, outside of that range it comes down to other types of weapons.