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 Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. 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. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.