There are many people who dislike bullpup rifles.  I not only like them, I find that there are quite a few things they do much better than conventional designs.  After running M16 and M4 rifles in combat in the military, I prefer the bullpup. Fighting in tight spaces with one of these rifles was a nightmare, not to mention adding body armor and a lot of one handed shooting while treating wounded, etc. The reloads being close in your work space, the weight being in your shoulder, and the overall length being way shorter than your standard rifle made the bullpup platform so attractive to me.

My bullpup rifle of choice, of the available ones you can buy, is the IWI IDF Tavor because of its ease of maintenance, and its simple manual of arms that are similar to the AR. I also like the Steyr Aug for its classic look. I even like the idea of rifles like the FN FS2000 and the Keltec RFB/RDB. I think my favorite bullpup rifle of all time is the British standard service rifle, the L85.

Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Capt. Charles Suilen (kneeling prone position), attached to the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejuene, N.C., fires an SA-80 (Small Arms for the 1980s) assault rifle down range at Sierra Prieta, Dominican Republic, on April 20, 2004, during unilateral training at the Joint Task Force Tradewinds 04 Multinational Training Exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Kaye Richey) (Released)

I have been in love with the look and idea of the rifle ever since I first saw it. Now I don’t really consider it a very practical rifle in its controls and relative complexity, but it just looks sexy to me. That being said, if it were for sale and I could afford it, I wouldn’t really seriously consider buying it since I like to limit my collection to guns I will use.