New For 2024: Legacy Sports SCSA Taipan X

posted on May 29, 2024
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Images courtesy of SCSA & Legacy Sports.

In many places around the world, ownership of a semi-automatic rifle is legally prohibited. Some of these places are within the borders of the U.S. These restrictions on common firearms used for hunting, competition and self-defense have led to some innovative firearm designs that keep many of the the features of a modern sporting rifle, yet comply with state laws. Case in point is the straight-pull/pump-action Taipan X. New for 2024, the rifle will be imported into the U.S. by Legacy Sports International.

Right side profile of the Legacy Sports SCSA Taipan X pump-action rifle.

The Taipan X is designed and manufactured in Australia by Southern Cross Small Arms (SCSA). Its unique action can be worked by either a straight-pull bolt or pump action, both spring-assisted. The polymer forearm surrounding the handguard is pulled back to move the bolt to the rear, and then the action spring assists as it is pumped forward. Alternatively, a charging handle can be affixed to the bolt to operate it. The twin actuating system is designed to work with all shooting positions. The straight-pull bolt can be operated with the rifle on a bench or bipod, while the pump action is natural to operate when the rifle is held in an off-hand position. 

Pump mechanism and straight-pull bolt on the Legacy Sports SCSA Taipan X.The Taipan X’s action can be operated by a pump fore-end or bolt-mounted charging handle.

A full-length Picatinny rail runs along the top of the upper receiver and handguard. The handguard also features M-Lok slots for attaching accessories. The magazine release and safety lever are positioned like those on an AR-15. The Taipan X is compatible with AR-15 pattern magazines, and one 10-round box is supplied. Its pistol grip is also AR-compatible. The skeletonized TSP X buttstock has a height-adjustable polymer cheekpiece and QD swivel spigots. Length-of-pull is adjustable through the use of a spacer system under the rubber recoil pad, and a folding adapter is available.

A man aims the Legacy Sports SCSA Taipan X downrange, showing the pump-action forend and straight-pull bolt handle.The Taipan X’s spring-assisted pump action is ideal for off-hand shooting.

The SCSA Taipan X uses a 16.5” stainless steel barrel with a 1:8” twist and has its muzzle threaded 1/2x28 TPI, with a .223 Wylde chamber for firing both .223 Rem. and 5.56 NATO cartridges. The company plans to release a .300 Blackout-chambered rifle in the near future. Weighing 7 lbs., 4.7 ozs. With an overall length of 36.38”, the Taipan X is made in burnt bronze, flat dark earth, black or dark gray finish options.

An FDE-finished model of the Legacy Sports Taipan X rifle.The Taipan X is available in multiple finish options.

The features of the Taipan X make it legal in all 50 U.S. states, though not necessarily every locality within those states. The SCSA Taipan X imported by Legacy Sports has an MSRP of $1,299. For more information, visit



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