This is the third one of these, I think. I was honestly surprised there were enough bullpup nuts out there to hold one of these, but believe me, there are.
Anyway, it was held at a beautiful facility that has a range, lodge, golf course, and winery, called the Rock Castle Lodge (and Rock Castle Shooting Center, Rock Castle this, that, and the other). I talked to one of the brothers that started the place today, and I still can't picture what it took to get this facility going. I'm guessing they have five miles of paved roads there.
It is real close to one of the entrances to Mammoth Cave Park.
The entire event was geared toward raising money for Wounded Warriors. Most exhibitors had a raffle or some other fundraiser going for them.
Wounded Warriors had a nice Brownell's rifle case, and some other Brownell's donated items like AR mags, lubes, etc. $5 bought a ticket and went to Wounded Warriors.
Ratworx would sell you a loaded magazine for $20 that fit the full auto gun of your choice, which you took to the range and ran though the appropriate gun.
Red Jacket (yeah, the guys from Sons of Guns, which I've never seen) gave away a 10-22 bullpup conversion stock and several T-shirts.
Juggernaut Tactical sold raffle tickets to win some of thier products, including scope mounts, muzzle brakes, and the biggie: a $1300 bullpup conversion chassis for an M1A/M14.
And the big prize: Steyr raffled off a new AUG. $20 bought you a hat or T-shirt and a raffle ticket.
I won a Brownell's AR mag.
The ticket for the Steyr AUG was number 570279.
I kid you not- I had 570280.
Aside from the Ratworx full auto fundraising, the shooting was free. You could shoot your own bullpup, or most of the manufacturers were letting everyone shoot their stuff.
We used just two of the ranges there.
Each window, or port, had at least one shooting lane visible that ran back into the woods. Like this:
Juggernaut Tactical M1A/M14 chassis:
I ran 20 rounds through this. It was a beast. That brake works, let me tell ya. I had my muffs on tight, but the blast from the brake was skimming the top of my head and hit the headband of my muffs enough to loosen them within five rounds.
Their thing was a soon-to-be released conversion stock for the 10-22. It is a bit costly I thought, at $299, but I have to admit it was a well done looking rig, with a relocated charging handle and such, rather than just a shell to stick the gun in.
Ronnie Barrett's daughter:
Desert Tactical. Bolt actions running from .308-class cartridges, through the CheyTacs, up to .50 BMG. Barrel/bolt conversions within cartridge sizes. I'm not nuts over bullpup bolt actions, but these were really nicely made rifles. The company didn't exist four years ago.
The much anticipated Tavor, although I think this is the only one in the US yet. These are surrounded by stories. I'm not sure what is true anymore. The Israelis use them, and IWI makes them. I've heard two or three US companies did the actual design and testing, in addition to different branches of our military. Who knows. Who cares. Here it is. It is a little thing- smaller than an AUG. The importer (Michael Kassnar of Kassner, Charles Daly, KBI) said he had to add a longer flash hider to make 26".
Shotguns. This guy makes a conversion for the 870. He also had what amounted to a bullpup shotgun museum on hand, from the High Standard 10 and 10A, through the Mossberg 500 bullpup from about 25 years ago, to other conversions. And the KelTec.
KelTec was not there, by the way. A few exhibitors had KSGs, but no regular peoples. Something I realized later was that while there were several variations of the KelTec .308 RFB on display, I didn't see a single private owner with one. I know of two people around here with them, both happy owners, so I'm not sure what the deal was there.
Ronnie Barrett's daughter:
Does anyone remember the Bushmaster M17S? I don't know if they still make it or not. It was a bullpup cluster****. I had one for a year or so. It was crap, made of an AR-180 type action in a terrible square cross section aluminum stock...thing. The charging handle and scope base were plastic. It had two mag release buttons, neither of which worked very well. It really seemed to be a gun BM made from various bins of parts that were never intended to go together.
This guy takes them and fixes them. He chops the barrel, then cuts on the goofy stock a while, and adds a decent charging handle and optics mount. He said he doesn't remove much weight, but as I saw, he changed the feel a lot. It felt much better. It's pretty much what Bushmaster should have made.
Red Jacket guy shooting the Desert Tactical .50 BMG:
Split into two parts.