Army News’ write up on SAR21, leaves reader wondering about the army’s understanding of its equipment

A member of public wrote to TOC, highlighting something that he noticed on page 30 of “Army News” issue 250/2018.

The short article on Singapore’s SAR21 infantry rifle writes, “The SAR 21 is a bullpup designed weapon (i.e., the butt stock of the weapon is removed), making it about 20% shorter than the M16”

But a bullpup is defined as a firearm with its action and magazine far behind its trigger group. This configuration permits a shorter overall weapon for a given barrel length.

The definition of a buttstock goes like this, “A gunstock, often simply stock, also known as a shoulder stock, a butt stock or simply a butt, is a part of a long gun such as riffle, to which the barrelled action and firing mechanism are attached and is held against the user’s shoulder when shooting the gun. The stock provides a means for the shooter to firmly support the device and easily aim with stability. The stock also transmits recoil into the shooter’s body”

In other words, the bullpup design is not the taking away of butt stock. In fact, the butt stock is clearly depicted in the image. It is the configuration that makes it shorter.

The member of the public who wrote in about this, said, “This makes me wonder what else warfare related they think they know but they do not actually understand.”