I recently spent a day in Illinois with other enthusiasts of bullpup rifles—guns with a compact design in which the trigger and pistol grip are in front of the magazine well—and discovered a new entrant in that growing market that really stood out. The Australian made Lithgow Arms Atrax drew a lot of attention on the firing line because of its light weight and superb balance in the hand. Shooting the rifle was a real pleasure—even in fully automatic mode—and making hits on target was a cinch. According to the company’s U.S. business development manager, Joshua Whi, the Atrax is a highly modified spinoff of the Austrian Steyr AUG that serves the military Down Under. And here’s the best news: It may soon be coming to America, albeit as a semi-automatic-only and pending review and approval by the BATF. The 5.56 mm NATO-chambered rifle feeds from AUG-style magazines, including a new economical version from Magpul, and offers quick-change barreled uppers.
Video: Lithgow Arms Bullpup Rifle
According to advanced Colt collectors, only about 35 or so of the original 400 factory Colt 1911s chambered for .38 Super have surfaced in the United States postwar, with only about a dozen of those remaining in their issued condition with their original finish, and given that the war officially ended on August 14, 1945, and since the OSS was dissolved on October 1, 1945, it isn’t likely any of them were issued before the Armistice.
Springfield Armory’s Hellcat Pro is a slightly larger, yet still easily carried, version of its micro-compact Hellcat for personal defense, and the gun’s flush-fit magazine capacity was also increased to 15 rounds.
Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week to get a close look at an improved X-Bolt rifle from Browning. The Target Max is the latest iteration of the famed X-Bolt action, and it’s designed for long-range work, thanks to its Target Max customizable stock, adjustable trigger, bull barrel and more.
The author found the just-right performance and managed recoil balance he was looking for with this fully customized single-action wheel gun.