2016 was the year of the bullpups. Not only were there a number of new bullpup rifles brought to market, but a number of rifles were updated and refined, eliminating a number of minor problems and inconsistencies as a whole. We’ll list below the bullpup PCPs which we were most impressed with.
The Hatsan Bullboss is built on the well established and near-universally loved Hatsan AT-44 platform. Of all of the bullpups currently available in the USA at this time, it is the most competitively priced, coming in at under $650USD. It has the some most affordable spare magazines of any PCP, plus it’s AT44 heritage results in you being able to have multiple air cylinders should you so choose. Since the valve is built into the cylinder, you can setup different cylinders for different purposes, one regulated for consistent shot count, another setup for pure power. See our review for more details.
The Brocock Compatto is one of the few airguns I can say I’ve wanted from the moment I first laid eyes on it. Introduced around SHOT Show 2016, the Compatto by Brocock is the first rifle to come out after Brocock was acquired by the same parent company which owns MTC and Daystate. The Compatto, while technically a bullpup due to having the action behind the trigger, has more features in common with a carbine than most Bullpups. When compared on paper to the Hatsan Bullboss or FX Wildcat, it may seem to be lacking in features, but it more than makes up for it in finish and quality. To be perfectly honest, there are a few minor things I would change (ditch the dovetail, ditch the fill prove in favor of a foster connection, and change up the bolt probe), but even with that said, it is one of my favorite rifles of the year. See our video review or our post here for more details: Brocock Compatto Review
The Taipan Mutant had a bit of negative history with it. When it was first imported into the USA, there were some problems. With a new importer, it seems most of the initial problems have been addressed. Lightweight, good power, good shot count, and the absolute best non electronic trigger on any bullpup on the market, this is quite the amazing little rifle. If you are picky about your triggers, the Taipan Mutant is THE bullpup for you.
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The FX Wildcat. Still, in my opinion, the best value of the FX line of PCP Bullpup airguns. Amazing shot count, great accuracy and a simple yet effective magazing keep this quiet PCP Bullpup on the list for our gift guide this year.