Bullpup Side by Side Shotgun Concept from Finland

Halenius Holding Company of Finland has designed a bullpup side by side shotgun, which they’ve introduced in IWA 2017. So you think “bullpup SbS shotgun” already sounds unusual? Then how about this: it is also meant to be fired without aiming – just by pointing. The owner of the company Aleksi Halenius says that you don’t heed to aim it in a traditional way. Instead, you just extend your arm which holds the gun and it will hit the target at which you are pointing it.

The gun is called “Aiming hand shotgun”. The idea behind this concept is that pointing is a more natural and precise way of aiming. The company also points out that when shooting a traditional shotgun, your field of view is partially blocked by the barrels and your support hand. In the case of Halenius shotgun, you have nothing interfering with your field of view. They also say that shooting traditional shotguns requires more practice and adjustments of the gun to the shooter’s body to be able to make a quick and accurate shot. With this bullpup shotgun, aiming is a natural motion.

The aiming hand shotgun also is more compact, lightweight and it allows your support hand to be free during the shooting. The latter feature seems to be not that necessary for a hunting shotgun. Why do you need a free support hand when shooting a game animal?

Here is a video where Aleksi tells about the shotgun:

The technology of this shotgun is patent pending. Unfortunately, there is no information concerning the price and availability of the gun.

I tend to be skeptical towards this concept. It seems to be too unusual to aim with just pointing. However, anything new and revolutionary is always met with skepticism.



Hrachya H

I was born and currently live in Armenia, where I work in a family business of leather goods manufacturing. Being a retired sergeant of my country’s armed forces and a lifelong firearms enthusiast, I always enjoy studying firearms design, technology and history. Also my knowledge of Russian allows me to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Silver Mesa Tactical

    “Why do you need a free support hand when shooting a game animal?”

    To hold another bullpup side-by-side shotgun, obviously.

    • Hoplopfheil

      MARATHON!

      • Skippy

        Durandal!

    • Seth Hill

      To mark hits?

    • noob

      Or a bullpup ar15.
      Look at how low under the bore the stock on the aiming hand shotgun is.

      For ages people have been wondering what to do with the buffer tube of an ar15 in a bullpup kit but here is the answer – put a stock buttpad where the pistol grip of the ar15 is normally and let the buffer tube go over your shoulder like a bazooka.

      Then you can put the trigger up front and an eotech on to make an aiming hand rifle.

      • wolfgang

        The only issue with that is you just destroyed on of the AR’s benefits and made optics mounting worse. The biggest benefit of an AR is that the buffer tube is direct in line with the shoulder so the majority of recoil is directed rearward rather than back and up. Also, when you do that you take away an advantage of a low bore axis on a rifle, mounting optics doesn’t require raised cheek pads quite like an AK, M14, most bolt actions, etc.

  • Gotta admit the top picture made me think this was an article on a home-made flame-thrower. Considering the awesomeness of that thought, I couldn’t get too excited about the shotgun. Although it may be a very viable option for those who have lost an arm.

  • iksnilol

    I like it.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      You would.

      • Tinkerer

        You wouldn’t.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Id have to try it out first but I dont see it replacing my 1100.

          • Tinkerer

            Fair enough.

      • iksnilol

        It’s weapons grade madness… which I can see the practicality of.

        Of course I am smitten by it.

  • Michael Robert Stevenson

    The only benefit to this design would be to dual-wield. Naturally.

  • Terminator

    Dual Doublebarrel Shotgun + Lazerpointerz! … take my money! The Terminator will soon come for those damn birds.

    • SP mclaughlin

      How about a flashlight for nighttime shooting?
      Just use ammunition that patterns about the same size as the flashlight circle.

  • A.WChuck

    It is missing semi-automatic action and belt feed.

  • gusto

    I have seen something similar done for a disabled shooter (his left arm was tiny and shriveled up)

    his was stocked like one of those anschutz target rifles with a hook under the arm to, a very steep pistolgrip and a very raised comb

    And you don’t aim a regular shotgun either, you already just point it for birdhunting or running game anyway

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    The whole aiming bit is BS but this could be a nice product for disabled people.

    • Tinkerer

      I actually just tried this: while strolling down the sidewalk, I chose a tree, a trash bin or something right inside my peripheral vision, and I would quickly lift my arm and my finger at it. Turns out that, after I focused on the target, I’d see my finger was actually pointing right at it. Was really surprising.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yes, I see what they are getting at but a lot of bird hunting requires the gun to be up at port arms. I dont see myself holding this thing up one handed for great lengths of time.

        • Tinkerer

          Yeah, I get that. Then again, it’s amazing what a shift in center of balance can do to the leverage. Those descriptions of one handed shouldering of bullpups are quite correct, in my experience with a deactivated AUG.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Its interesting for sure. If it works for you go crazy.
            Variety is the spice of life.

          • Tinkerer

            Oh I’m not trying to convert you, I’m aware this will be a niche product -if it even succeeds to begin with. After all, the side by side shotgun’s form factor has worked well for centuries. I’m just pointing out that there is some merit to the idea.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I agree.
            Dont know if you dont try.

      • iksnilol

        One of the reasons I learned how to shoot with my middle finger.

        Pointer points alongside the gun, middle finger pulls trigger. Honestly, I don’t do it much anymore but I reckon it’s nice to haave in the toolbox.

      • Bradley

        You were able to point right at something? That is surprising…

  • Tinkerer

    Mom taught me it was bad manners to point with the finger. Now I see why.

  • H’es got a point about aiming, especially at targets on the wing; if you’re lining up sights you’re probably putting the shot behind the bird, it’s a more instinctive process than that. I don’t think I’d use this one-handed, though, I’d want the stock to have a machine gun stock cutout in the front so I could stabilize it with my support hand.

  • Tassiebush

    “Why do you need a free support hand when shooting a game animal?” dug for the beer in the other hand

    • iksnilol

      Could be useful for brush/bad terrain, having one hand free makes it easier to traverse weird terrain.

      • Tassiebush

        There’d be times in certain spots. I wonder if there’d be a way to carry with it broken open or out of battery until holding it straight into the shoulder. It’s either a fantastic idea or a well intentioned but impractical one. I want to know which.

      • Tassiebush

        I’m thinking with some types of tree based game on steep hills it could be a goer

      • DIR911911 .

        so does having a sling on your gun

        • iksnilol

          Yeah, but I’m thinking of terrain where you get a bad position to shoot from.

        • Tassiebush

          He’s meaning that sort of spot where your footing is a bit tricky when you would like to take a shot but self preservation dictates against it.

  • Migo

    whiskey tango foxtrot, that just looks stupid !!!

  • Tassiebush

    I hope there is more footage of this in future firing shots at targets. This seems like it could be a workable concept?!. I quite like the idea of how it hangs there and could be pointed nice and quickly when stuff presents. Given that in most of the world people don’t have the option of handguns for the trail gun role this could be a good one for that instead. Curious about how it’d feel using heavy field loads.

  • valorius

    Peculiar.

  • SP mclaughlin

    Looks like it would it right into DooM.

  • scaatylobo

    ” now I are targeting 3 targets “.
    BUT it only hold 2 shots ??.
    AND why no actual shooting in that video ??.

    • mazkact

      SO SUOMI…………..pah rum pum ting. Some of you will get that 🙂

  • Cal.Bar

    Funny, never saw him actually SHOOT it in the video. Wonder why?

    • Gary Kirk

      Cuz it probably hurts..

      • Wow!

        Can’t hurt any more than a regular side by side. Your nonfiring hand doesn’t quell recoil, it keeps the gun up.

        • Gary Kirk

          You do it then..

          • Wow!

            I would.

    • Tuulos

      Due to the location I guess, probably couldn’t get access to a shooting range or a site he has a permit to hunt in. He had laser cartridge to show the accuracy which is something at least.

      It seems the video was made in a hurry to show the concept.

  • TexianPatriot

    This belongs on ENDO.

  • Jimbo

    I’d like to try it for grouse hunting. But NY State will probably outlaw it, like everything, except “undocumented” aliens.

  • Wow!

    This is point shooting, and while not useful for combat, clay and bird shooting is all about point shooting. I think this is a valid concept, and likely would be beneficial for amputee hunters.

    • Tassiebush

      “while not useful for combat” Fairbairn and Sykes restless spirits might haunt you for saying that.

      • Wow!

        Fairbairn and Sykes developed their programs to train tons of people who never touched a gun in their life into effective killers. While they work in situations of total war, for the professional who may not be in a situation where they have the benefit of numbers and/or a clean battlefield where anything that moves is hostile, point shooting doesn’t provide the the accuracy and consistency needed for these situations. I’m sure they would agree too.

        • Tassiebush

          Well yeah I can’t make any arguments beyond a few niche applications involving home defence and maybe close quarters in the dark but yeah I have to concede it. Body armour or explosive vests also negate it for combat to a large extent.

  • supergun

    I will keep my Mossberg 930 autoloader.

  • Just1Saddletramp

    Unless firing rifled slugs, shotguns are never aimed. When shooting shot, they are always pointed. So where is the new concept ???

  • Mog Grat

    Carrying the piece by hand, slung from the shoulder seems to increase the liklehood of a stumble plugging the muzzles.