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Old 10-01-2011, 07:15 AM   #1
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I am a complete newbie to fire arms, what I know I have learnt through games and the internet, I know that a Bullpup configuration firearm has it's magazine behind the firing mechanism but what is a more conventional design (like a M16, M4A1 or AK47) called?
and what of the 'pistol-type' magazine placement shown by an Uzi or a MP7 submachinegun, is there a particular name for that?
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:39 AM   #2
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I am a complete newbie to fire arms, what I know I have learnt through games and the internet, I know that a Bullpup configuration firearm has it's magazine behind the firing mechanism but what is a more conventional design (like a M16, M4A1 or AK47) called?
and what of the 'pistol-type' magazine placement shown by an Uzi or a MP7 submachinegun, is there a particular name for that?
thanks for reading
The other arrangements don't really have particular names - perhaps because the bullpup layout is so unusual, and other others are so... usual. You can see the logical engineering evolution in layout from a 15th century matchlock to the modern assault rifle.

The bullpup, on the other hand, arose in the 1950's (the origin of the term is unclear).

Good question - it made me do a little research to check up on my own understanding.


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Good answer to a good question. Now you've got me wondering about the origins of the bullpup design.

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Wikipedia has a page on bullpup firearms. Fairly informative. google bullpup and it should be one of the first ones to come up on the list.

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