In the last entry of these articles, we discussed ten different replicas in airsoft that are bullpup replicas. As stated in my last article, we've only four more to cover.
Let's jump straight in with the FAMAS. FAMAS standing for Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-tienne or Assault rifle from the Saint-tienne weapon factory, is the only recorded assault rifle dispatch from France. The FAMAS gained most of its popularity from video games, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. Despite its popularity stunt, it's widely regarded as the first airsoft replica by Tokyo Marui. With that said, Tokyo Marui, Jin Peng and Cybergun all replicate the FAMAS, the TM being the highest of quality. A TM FAMAS will cost you about 300 USD.
Despite not even arriving on the airsoft scene yet, all airsoft company Madbull had to do to incite hype was say 'Yes.' The Kel-Tec KSG is currently still in its pre-release phases, but Madbull promises that a KSG will be on the market soon. It's unknown exactly what features it will have or will not have, but it's been heavily speculated that the Madbull KSG will be spring powered, but it remains unknown if it will be a single shot or a tri-shot replica, however, it's been widely speculated that it will be tri-shot. The release date is not set, but a press release in 2013 stated a release date to be in 2013, but this was not realized. Most airsofters think it will be released before Spring 2014. The Madbull KSG has a projected release price of around 100 USD.
Next featured is the QBZ-97. Based off of the QBZ-95 (Better known as the Type 95), the Type 97 is a Chinese bullpup weapon. Popularized mainly through games like Call of Duty and Rainbow Six, this replica is made only by Real Sword. Real Sword makes two variants, the 97a and 97b. The 97a is the longer model, while the 97b is shorter with more cosmetic features to accompany its size. Regardless of the model, the Real Swords will cost around 450 USD from an overseas dealer.
Last, but certainly not least, the Snow Wolf M99. The M99 is portrayed incorrectly in its airsoft form, as the real steel M99 is a single-shot anti-material rifle; The M99 is closer to the Barrett M95 in comparison. Snow Wolf is the only airsoft company that makes the Barrett M99, as well as the M82 since the Socom Gear line was discontinued. The SW M99 is basically a spring L96 shoved into a fifteen pound body, but it is also fully upgradeable with any TM compatible L96 parts. This unique sniper rifle will run you around 220 USD with a domestic dealer.
In review, there's arguably a strong presence of bullpup replicas in the airsoft market. With fourteen replicas ready to roll onto the field and dominate, bullpup weapons are a force to be reckoned with. With that in mind, these replicas should be used with the same etiquette and safety as any other replicas in your collection. Now that you're a little more informed on replicas, don't hesitate to pick up that Tavor or AUG you were thinking about. And, as always, stay frosty.