The Genesis – Another Named Bullpup

Not to be outdone by ‘The Hellion‘ (which I ordered. What? You thought a mildly cringey name would stop me? Not a chance.) The General Dynamics, True Velocity, and Beretta team of titans has named their publicly releasing NGSW Submission. It is, The Genesis, and not the XM277. The Hellion was the VHS-2, this things working name was XM277 (RM277) last I knew, and they both got ‘name’ names.

Because apparently marketing teams think numbers are so last decade. At least it doesn’t have an overabundance of X’s used in an eXtreme manner instead of the military correct eXperimental designate. So there is that.

Anyway, True Velocity made the announcement by email. They are doing the advanced polycased ammunition, which I really want to work as advertised because that would be super cool to lower costs and make mainstream, and their email reads thus,

True Velocity is excited to announce the most advanced rifle ever created, “The Genesis”. To reserve your place in line sign up with your email. There will be limited production so act quickly. You will be receiving more information soon regarding the commercial version of the Next Generation platform “The Genesis”.

With the picture and a link.

My biggest problem with this rifle continues to be nothing on the actual rifle. I hate the potato of a silencer they designed. I hate it, it looks goofy. Is that a dumb complaint? Yep, especially if it works well. But I still don’t like it.

I am also a little sketchy on the control scheme. There are a lot of levers around the index finger. It may make all the sense in the world, I may get my hands on this thing and declare it alrighty and sensible. But not having hands on it and an explanation of the manual of arms, especially coming off both M4/AR and X95 manual of arms which I know and approve of, I am puzzling this one out still.

One of my most immediate concerns isn’t actually those controls, it is the charging handle locations.


The X95.

If you’ll harken back to the original Tavor SAR, the charging handle was in a very similar forward position. However, on the X95 revision the pulled it back to a more central location for a number of reasons. Among those was it being a little too far forward and finding that the more central location fit more users, This is already a long rifle at 29″ (for a bullpup) and rifles like the X95, SCAR, G36, etc. have charging handles nicely placed at the midpoint of the rifle for the shorter armed.

So that’s it. That is my critique of The Genesis thus far.

I would like to see an explanation on the controls and see the charging handle move rearward to a more central locations, about 2/3’s forward instead of at the muzzle.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.