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MiniFig bullpup rifles

There’s been quite a lot of discussion on how to make bullpup designed rifles for custom Lego minifigs. Essentially a bull pup designed rifle have the magazine behind the shooters firing hand rather than at the from, and example with be the FAMAS or SA80A2. Now the problem with this weapon design as opposed to, lets say the M16 for example, is when converted to Lego form, the arms of a Lego Minifig mean that there is an innate difficultly presented by the bull pup design, cheifly because the Lego minifig arm simply wouldn’t allow for a weapon butt.

Now the thing is for my custom minifig project, I want a bullpup weapon, so I’ve thought a (at the moment) theoretical way to get around this. rather than having a formal handle the custom Lego weapon will have a clip of some sort that goes round what would essentially be the Lego minifigs thumb. this would shift a large part of the bullpup weapon to one side which would then allow for a better positioning to allow for the larger butt of the weapon, if more space were needed, then one could carve out part of the minifig weapon so that it fit snugly to accommodate the thickness of the minifigs arm.

There are some short comings to this custom minifig weapon design however, for one, the Lego minifigs arm wouldn’t be able to move, it would have to be straight out in front of the minifig when holding the weapon, so not very good for vignettes. The other glaring challenge is that the custom minifig bull pup weapon will not be a totally genuine replica, for one there wouldn’t be a handle, but a hand-clip, for another there would be a part carved out to accommodate the mini fig arm. But overall, I suspect this is about as close as we can get to a custom minifig Bullpup weapon variant.

Minifig bullpup idea

Here is a rough computer sketch of how it might work, notice the hand clip

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4 Responses to MiniFig bullpup rifles

  1. Jasbrick says:

    Obviously we have been waiting for Brickarms to solve this problem, however the closest that I have been able to get to a realistic bullpup is using a Stikfa weapon. The Stikfa Steyr Aug works well as it is or you can modify it to acheive other weapons of this type. I would love to create a P90 myself.

    Jasbrick

  2. Hey JasBrick, ooh a P90 would be quite difficult to make as a custom minifig weapon! as for the Stikfa steyr Aug, i’ll have to check that out and see.

    i think the main problem with custom minifig bullpup weapons is a Lego minifigs arms are so short and fixed, so my idea seems to be the only viable way to get around that.

  3. Jasbrick says:

    I will try with the Steyr and if I can get it to work I will post an image, but you may well be right. One thing I was thinking about was the possible of a complete arm and weapon assembly… but your solution is a lot less radical. I think this is definitely a challenge!

  4. Hey Jasbrick,

    actually, you might have an idea, an all in one moulded piece, you could make it so that back of the bullpup was the same for every weapon, and only the front nozzle part changed

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