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A very odd configuration on this Gunbroker Model 70
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April 21, 2024 - 11:30 pm
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I’ve seen a lot of odd things done to firearms over the years but I’ve never seen a bullpup model 70.

I’m not sure who would buy this but to each his own I guess.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1045124644

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In the ’40s & ’50s, these things were hyped in all the gun mags, for those who enjoyed muzzle blast, I guess.  Too bad it was done to a Roberts.

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clarence said
In the ’40s & ’50s, these things were hyped in all the gun mags, for those who enjoyed muzzle blast, I guess.  Too bad it was done to a Roberts.

  

Thanks for the information Clarence I was unaware of that….and yes it is a shame it was a Roberts. 

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Looks like somebody’s Junior High School shop project.

That “future gunsmith” earned no better than a C minus, I would guess.

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That poor puppy (“bullpup” pun intended) has been around for a while with no takers… RIA Auction 1040, then GI and GB…  Tragic waste of what was once a nice sporting rifle in an easy to shoot chambering…

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Whoa… that is one ugly rifle.

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Take off the scope and you have a Planet of the Apes prop.

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On close examination, this wretched specimen appears to be ugly all over rather than ugly in one or two places.  And that’s before commenting on the design itself.

The late Lenard Brownell, “the Wizard of Wyoming”, had to work in the California and other contemporary styles, including the bullpup. At least until his talent was widely acknowledged. He came to the craft late and so likely had to recognize money talked whereas other things walked and put no flour in the barrel. There is a bullpup made by Brownell illustrated in the custom guns section of an early Gun Digest. (I believe it’s in the 1954 edition but could be from 1953 – 1957.) Like every other Brownell rifle the workmanship stands up but the inherent limitations of the design render it awkward. 

 Laying my face on top of a 48,000 psi pressure vessel and pulling the trigger would be,for me, the ultimate act of faith in the gas handling capacities of the Model 70 action, plus a Candygram  to whoever headed, formed, and loaded the case. Pass. 

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