Rogue M1A Bullpup
A bullpup .308 is a whole lot of firepower in a small package. Juggernaut Tactical has decided it’s time for the M1A to be paired with an ultra rigid and compact chassis to potentially make the bullpup from hell: the Rogue M1A Bullpup. The old M14’s are available as part of a loan service from mili8tary surplus stores to local law enforcement to bolster their capabilities, and beside the fact that they are giving LE some help in completing their arsenal, it proves that the military still hasn’t fallen out of love with the m14, or expects some conflict where we will eventually want to use these bad boys again.
The M14, for lack of a better one word explanation is: cantankerous. Effective, but massive. The M110 has all but fully replaced the M14 et al in the military, and the Stoner design is anything but unwieldy. The M14 has been proven in muddy jungles, arid deserts and wet conditions. It shoots an incredible round and it can be made to adapt to just about any condition. In the civilian market, the M1A by Springfield exists as a near carbon copy to satisfy the .308 cravings and the long range shot stopping power for private citizens.
Law enforcement who wanted a drop in fit with an aftermarket stock for their military loanees, and civilians who wanted something “more” for their purposes needed something that wasn’t bulky, heavy and ridiculous to install. Enter Juggernaut Tactical’s Rogue M1A Bullpup.
The Bullpup Design
So what’s the point of the bullpup? Ever since the Austrian company Steyr reintroduced the largely unproven bullpup design in it’s amazing Steyr AUG design, the concept took off. It wasn’t the first bullpup design, others had done it before that time including a design by Enfield and one by the Soviets, as well as the Steyr AUG’s contemporary released at the same time: the FAMAS from the French. What made the AUG so good, was it took all that was good in a bullpup and made it into one cohesive unit, something that had never been done before.
There was the longer barrel, which generally goes hand in hand with faster velocities and better accuracy. There was the ambidextrous operation made easy by the congruent halves of the stock; the high capacity at the rear of the weapon, and the shorter sight plane. Furthermore, the bullpup was compact, and meant the AUG (and it’s descendents) could be carried in the field, in CQB and still used for longer range operations. There was a level of modularity to the bullpup design and that made sense for a constantly evolving military force. All of the sudden there was a more universal weapon capable of just about anything the soldier needed it to do.
Again, fast forward to the Rogue M1A. The military has never adopted a Bullpup design as a full weapon system in the United States, but there are footholds in place for one to eventually come through the ranks. The M14’s available to LE however, make such a plan worthwhile. Many of the soldiers in the “War on Terror” have used some of the old surplus rifles when they made sense on the battlefield, and there is no contesting the timeless capabilities of the 7.62 x 51 round. The Rogue M1A Bullpup is more fixed on taking on the civilian market though, as the M14 will probably never again be fielded by the infantry or any major division in in major military branch again in a primary role. They also have their eyes on the prize for LE and special enforcement groups. But they are amongst stiff competition.
The Rogue M1A Bullpup design has a few tricks up its sleeve to combat the fierce opposition:
- Available as a drop in fit for all M1A’s and M14’s with a large than 16” barrel
- It’s a mpon0olithic style design putting the entire breadth of the stock into one piece
- It’s made out of quality materials including 6061-T6 hardened and anodized, and 4140 carbon steel
- There is not alteration or parts modification to the rifle
- The barrel is free-floating
- Rails are everywhere
- The “stock/Chassis” is lightened and still maintains its rigidity
- It’s very well balanced and swings well
- It’s lighter than some other competitor setups currently in use
But this badboy isn’t perfect. For starters it’s not optimized for left handed shooters: they will take a substantial amount of hot, high velocity brass to the face.
The iron sights are rendered useless via a slightly obtrusive upper heatshield, so additional investment will be necessary in the form of some BUIS sights.
The trigger is finicky, albeit nice when it’s working spot on. It’s a pretty unique design that looks like the mix between an Olympic long range rifle trigger and a Steyr AUG. It does make noise, have creep and make you feel like it is over-engineered for no reason at times though.
It’s pricey and it doesn’t fit every niche. At between $1k and $1400, unless you already have the rifle or you are a LE agency who can qualify for the loan program from the military surplus supplies, then it’s an expensive modification.
Mag changes can be awkward with a heavy mag nestled in your armpit. Additionally, scopes will require a riser in many cases to align the optic properly.
What does this mean for shooters of the M1A or M14?
SO the concern is this: if you need a CQB type rifle setup in .308 and you already have the gun to go in the chassis, is it worth the extra $1k+ to lose your irons, and have awkward magazine changes?
For me, the answer is a resounding no, but maybe that’s because I’m not a huge fan of the looks of the weapon. I simply enjoy the more traditional looks of the M14 and M1A. I think the Rogue M1A Bullpup has a use in LE, for those who know that’s the action they want to be using, but for the civilian market, it may just be a novelty.