Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri Nov 19 22:44:14 UTC 2010

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OED has no entry the firearms sense of "bullpup".

Wikipedia:  "Bullpups are firearm configurations in which both the
action and magazine are located behind the trigger and alongside the
shooter's face, so there is no wasted space for the buttstock as in
conventional designs. This permits a shorter firearm length for the same
barrel length for improved maneuverability, and reduces weight."

L. H. Brown, "Building the Bullpup Rifle," _American Rifleman_, May
1953, pp. 26- 29. [article title; referred to in numerous U.S. patents]

_Montana Standard_ [Butte - Anaconda, MT] 5/27/1973 p 13 col 1
"He read in a magazine about a bullpup rifle with a bolt action and the
information said it was impossible with a lever action piece."

Duncan Long _The Mini-14:  The Plinker, Hunter, Assault, and Everything
Else Rifle_ Boulder, CO:  Paladin Press, 1987.  Back Cover [Amazon
"With sixteen models of the Mini-14 to choose from, the rifle owner may
construct an infinite number of variations in the Mini-14 through
accessory kits such as standard, laser, and night scopes; magazines;
folding and pistol-grip stocks; bullpup conversions; multi-caliber
adaptors; flash suppressors; silencers; and slings."

US Patent #4,727,670  3/1/1988 p 1 col 2 [Google Scholar]
"This invention concerns a unique firearm trigger, safety, and stock
attachment mechanism and to an embodiment in a semi-automatic blowback
rifle where the receiver is mounted in the buttstock, a style commonly
referred to as a "bullpup". "

St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Dec 14, 1989. pg. 1.A col
unk [ProQuest]
"Steyr-Mannlicher of Austria is offering a "bullpup" styled weapon,
which means the barrel and internal workings are moved back into the
gun's stock, making it appear much shorter."

_New York Times_ 5/24/1990 p B-12 col 3 [ProQuest]
"A variety of other weapons, including the Springfield Armory SAR-48,
the Sterling Mark 7 pistol and the Mossberg Model 500 Bullpup 12
shotgun, would not be affected."

_Washington Post Book World_ 12/1/1991, p 15 col 2 [ProQuest]
"As an expert system, I'd advise you to use the Mossad & Wesson bullpup,
the one with the subsonic witness protection nozzles --"

Leroy Thompson _SAS:  Great Britain's Elite Special Air Service_
Osceola WI:  MBI Publishing Co., 1994 p. 18 col 2 [Google Books]
"Note that SAS has avoided being saddled with the SA-80 "Bullpup" rifle
that proved so disappointing when issued to the rest of the British

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