When Bullpups Went Wrong: The L85/SA80

When bullpups were the wave sweeping Western Europe in the theorized mechanized conflict, the British company Enfield made many terrible decisions.

The SA80 was a bureaucratic nightmare on a level that rivals and perhaps even surpasses the F35 Joint Strike Fighter. The F35 is just a more expensive example. QC for the SA80 was nearly non-existent.

As the video mentions, the German H&K (British owned at the time) had to remake the entire rifle into the A2 configuration. While it is honestly a passable service rifle now, its evolution made the AR-15/M-16’s problems in Vietnam look like a rifle that acted up here and there.

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. editor@gatdaily.com 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.