Ready to Pounce

Springfield M1A Scout in a Rogue bullpup chassis. Weaver 2.5-10x scope, Magpul BUIS, Atlas bipod. Until recently, I didn’t even know Thermold made M1A and FAL magazines.

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19 Responses to Ready to Pounce

  1. Jonathan says:

    How’s the trigger on this bullpup? Is it crisp enough to use at a decent range?

    • Oleg Volk says:

      Yes. I only shot it at 300 yards, but the trigger feels as good as the original M1A. Wide trigger face helps.

  2. Walter Zoomie says:

    I’m sure it’s wonderful, but it looks friggin’ ridiculous.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      My friend Tad and I thought it ridiculous until we had the opportunity to fire two (short and long range setups) at the Bullpup shoot. At which point our opinions changed. The stock is well thought out. The designer is a former Marine who’s been through Gulf War One and has some idea of how small arms work.

      • Walter Zoomie says:

        I don’t doubt your words one bit, Oleg.
        It just ain’t my cuppa tea is all…
        I’d still fire it for a few mags worth with a gleam in my eye!

  3. Chris says:

    I also shot this gun at the bull pup shoot. It was very nice but somewhat heavy for my taste.

    Now if I were as a big as Dino… maybe I would have a different opinion.

    As an aside, Dino is a class act and a hellava nice guy.

  4. Joe in Reno says:

    IIRC- In the mid/late 80′s they were used, at least for awhile, by the Canuks and called “Thermelts” because if you ran them hard the feed lips melted.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      From what I know, Canadian licensed version used incorrect plastic and the US versions don’t have the same problem. The designer of this bullpup uses them by preference.

  5. Leon says:

    Mud fence ugly.

  6. Rivrdog says:

    Looks like some sort of hybrid foregrip is required on the lower rail. The shooter has an ungainly hold on the lower forend, probably so that his hand doesn’t get ground into hamburger by the rail-teeth.

  7. Rivrdog says:

    BTW, I had an M14/M1A, and traded it because it was prone to slam-firing a two-round burst, and because it was a PITA to properly clean and lubricate (one of the reasons they only lasted a few years as the US Rifle until retired). Whereas an AR can be put together from many parts/many sources (if all are mil-spec), an M14/M1A had to be professionally fitted or it wouldn’t run properly. I also had a Mini-30, and so I now believe JC Garand seemed to have that problem in his design; after trading up to a “no gunsmithing” aftermarket stock for my Ruger Mini-30, I had those same slam-fire problems plus the action tended to disassemble itself via the trigger group dropping out of the stock. All fitting problems on both rifles, and the next owner solved them with a good smith, but a goodly sum of $$$ as well.

    When you follow the gunboards and many contributors all say that “it all depends on the grease you put on, and how much and what flavor/color grease”, then that’s not the SHTF rifle for you, my friends. You want something that will run not only if it’s just been maintained via the book, but also after it’s been dragged about in the mud or sand for several days.

  8. Lyle says:

    1: If you have an m-14 variant that slam fires, it’s just plain defective.

    2: A very large percentage of customer installation problems with our products come from “gunsmiths”, and in 100 percent of those cases the “gunsmith” is said to be a very good one, and the praise for the “gunsmith” increases in proportion to the ignorance of the “gunsmith”.

    Add point 1 and point 2 together, and you begin to understand.

  9. anonymous says:

    Tacta-Cute [tm].

  10. tad stratton says:

    Holding an afg. Looks awkward but isn’t. A sure example of don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I have nerve damage in all of my extemitries and OA. I have also shot M14s and M1As for over 40 yrs. FA and semi. I plan to restock my last NM with one of these when I can afford it. It might be a little heavy for some but the quality of the balance makes it seem and handle like a much lighter gun.

    BTW, it was not a good day for me when I shot this gun. Pain had kept me up all night and had not gotten any better. I am happy they talked me into shooting. It helped mentally and didn’t hurt anymore physically.

    Thanks

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  12. Y. says:

    $1300 MSRP?

    That’s more expensive than some 7.62x51mm rifles.. notably Saigas and Norincos…

  13. Grendel says:

    And then one day someone came out with an aftermarket accessory and no one on the internet said “But I could buy an AK variant for less than that,” and the resulting singularity destroyed the world.

    • Y. says:

      I can buy an entire M305 and ~1200 rounds of ammo for $1350…

      It’s not an AK clone, it’s made on the same machines as original M14. First they were sold to Taiwan, then those Chinese sold them to the mainland..

      I can understand the price though. Low-volume production, overengineered and all that.

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