As the American gun industry enters a new political era, mental horsepower seems to be casually diverting from solving typical industry problems. Instead of worrying about how to fulfill massive orders of plain-Jane AR-15s, some designers are cooking up the next wave of gun industry inspiration and innovation. Some have quietly been at the creativity game for years while others have just recognized the freedom to create in the past few months. Either way, it means that folks like you and me are in for a treat—new guns to drool over and dream about. This is a great time to look at bullpups, takedowns and other exotic weapons. Here are some of my favorites currently available on the market.

For more information about the bullpups, takedowns and other guns featured here, please visit the following sites.


IWI Tavor X95

Desert Tech MDR

FightLite MXR

HMG Sturmgewehr STG-N


JP Enterprises GMR-15

Kel-Tec RFB

Nordic Components PCC

Osprey Armament MK36H

Ruger SR-556 Takedown

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite

Tactical Solutions X-Ring Takedown

This article was originally published in “Black Guns” 2018. To order a copy, visit

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