Steinkamp SW1: The bullpup double rifle / shotgun

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson
Steinkamp SW1

Of all the guns which I have written about this year, few have been as interesting as the Steinkamp SW1. The sleek polymer bullpup stock of the SW1 looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, and yet it is a double rifle, a type of firearm that is most associated with hunting in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Many of you are now asking yourselves “Why?”. I say to you “Why not?”. Double barrels rifles and shotguns are still popular and very useful. It is simply a very short double barreled rifle with modern ergonomics and great balance.

Amazingly, the total length of the rifle is just 2″ longer then the barrel length!

At first glance is appears that the rifle has dual triggers, but this is not the case. The lower trigger-like lever unlocks the action. The spring loaded buttplate then opens and the ejectors fling the empty cartridges out of the gun. The reloading process is quick and can be accomplished without the operator having to take their hand off the pistol grip.

Opening the action.
Buttpad opens to reveal the chambers.

The trigger guard doubles as a cocking lever. This feature allows it to be safety carried loaded but uncocked in the field, yet be quickly cocked if a shot presents itself.

The cocking action
Firing and reloading the SW1.
Demonstration of how the SW1 works.

Currently the SW1 can be purchased chambered in 8x57IRS, 8x68S, 9.3x74R, 20 gauge and 12 gauge but the company says that other calibers can be requested. The SW1 weighs 7.5 lbs.

The Launch Edition is priced at $4.998. Although it was available for order in 2008, the first rifles only started shipping last month.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Truthweaver Truthweaver on Nov 24, 2013

    OK, nice design, great idea for sure; 4k+ not even close to being worth that. $500.00 maybe and that's a bit of a stretch. The cocking action hell no make the closure of the buttpad do that. Opening the action WTH are you thinking make it a dam button that cant be accidentally pressed when in use. Bet I wont be seeing any of these at my gun shop. You shot yourself in the foot with that price. The only thing good about it is its a bullpup that uses the full length available, every other design idea is a failure.

  • Raguel A'septem Raguel A'septem on Oct 29, 2014

    NICE! Now how about that sleek design for a pump Rem 870 or Mossy 500/590?