Was the United Kingdom's L85A1 Rifle Revolutionary or a Joke?
The National Interest -

Kyle Mizokami

History, Europe

The first bullpup rifle for NATO.

Key point: Every new technology has its flaws and the L85A1 was no different.

In the mid-1980s, the United Kingdom became the first major NATO power to adopt a so-called “bullpup” assault rifle. The L85A1 Individual Weapon was unique in that it placed the rifle’s operating system and magazine well behind the trigger. The result was a weapon as short as a submachine gun with the performance of an assault rifle. The adoption of the...

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