Firearm Showcase: The British EM-2 Bullpup at the Cody Firearms Museum – HIGH RES PICS!

    In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers.

    Today we’re taking a look at a rifle I’ve been trying to get my hands on for a very long time: A fabled British bullpup, the EM-2. This rifle was an experimental post-war development in the UK which participated in the NATO trials that eventually resulted in the adoption of the FAL by the British as the L1A1 SLR, and the T44E4 by the USA as the M14. Still, the aborted EM-2 seeded the idea of a combat bullpup in the minds of British planners, a seed that would eventually become the (sadly, very poor) Enfield SA80 family of weapons.

    Although the EM-2 is most famous chambered in the British experimental .280 cartridge, I believe the below example is actually chambered for the round that would become 7.62 NATO, as indeed most of the EM-2s that were actually produced were.

    If you’re interested in seeing more of the Cody Firearms Museum, I highly recommend taking a trip out to Cody, Wyoming to see their awesome and extensive collection. They have over 7,000 firearms, about 4,000 of which are on display. In particular, if you have an interest in Winchester firearms and their history, Cody is the place to be. If just a visit isn’t enough for you, then check out the museum’s 79-page book, which highlights some of the finest pieces in their collection!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]