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« on: December 15, 2017, 02:49:05 AM »

What was the first military bullpup service rifle?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 08:13:26 PM »

What was the first military bullpup service rifle?

First adopted was the #9 Mk. 1, aka EM-2, but the UK.  It was adopted, but never issued as the US Army jammed the 7.62x51mm down NATO's throat and the rifle wasn't able to handle the stouter cartridge (as opposed to the .280 that it was chambered in).  After that, the next bullpup adopted was the Steyr AUG.  If you want to point at the rifle that was actually issued, that would be the one.  But, the first adopted was the #9 Mk. 1.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 03:35:47 AM »

 The mother was forgotten, she was a Ma Deuce .50 cal. M-2. My interest in aviation lead me into research about the Consolidated  PBY Catalina which was in service during the 1930's. The aircraft was a flying boat patrol bomber with forward and aft .30 cal. Brownings and a pair of bullpup .50 cal. Brownings port and starboard in the waist observation blisters. They had a shoulder and chest pad, forward grip with trigger on one side, support handle on the other side with an optical sight. They were in service before the attack at Pearl Harbor where a number of Cats were destroyed on the ground and the guns were salvaged for beach defense by infantry.


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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2017, 07:58:28 PM »

I'm not sure I'd classify that as a "service rifle"...
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 02:03:50 PM »

It's not even classifiable as a "Bullpup" rifle either. Looks like it's in the wrong thread of the wrong forum. Nothing against the .50 caliber machinegun. It's a great gun. But, it's definitely not a bullpup rifle. 
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