Grant Cunningham's Take on the Bullpup Rifle

Richard Johnson
by Richard Johnson
Grant Cunningham

Author and firearms trainer Grant Cunningham put together a series of articles on bullpup rifles for defensive purposes. Grant takes a close look at the use of bullpup rifles generally and the Steyr AUG specifically.

Grant has been a long-time user and advocate of the FAL rifle, but is also very skilled with the use of other platforms including the AR. However, he had never taken a long, hard look at bullpups. In this series, he spends months with the Steyr AUG to learn how the platform differs from the traditional defensive rifles.

The series of articles goes far beyond the typical internet bickering of my X is better than your Y because reasons. I recommend reading through the series if you have any interest in rifles for any kind of defensive use.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson

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  • CavScout CavScout on Oct 15, 2015

    A guy who's stuck on the FAL? Sounds like 'failure to adapt.'
    You know who says certain things are for 'ninjas'/'operators' etc? All the modern ninjas/operators/elvises.

  • Eric B. Eric B. on Oct 20, 2015

    I've owned a Steyr AUG (semi-auto) for 25 years and still love it. Mine was imported by "Interterms", Alexandria, VA, originally a CIA arms company. its a low number (900 series) rifle with the integral Swarovski 1.5 power scope. And it's very accurate (3/4" MOA) with my handloads. And in tactical shooting classes it is easy to use in shoot house situations with its short overall length.

    I also own an FN PS90 bullpup for shits & giggles plinking. Guess I just like the "badassery" of bullpups as well as their great ergonomics.