America's First Freedom - August 2021 - 38

Bond Arms Bullpup 9: The Tardis Pistol
By Patrick Sweeney
F
or everyday carry, compact
is king. All pistol
makers have found a way
to trim the grip until it
is short enough to prevent " printing "
(showing under a shirt or jacket), but
the barrel and slide have remained
long due to the engineering constraints
of the guns' operation. It's
just the nature of things.
Th at is, it was the nature of things,
until the Bond Arms Bullpup 9 came
along. With this gun, the slide and
barrel end directly in front of the
trigger guard. At fi rst glance, you'd
half-expect the nose of the chambered
round to be visible, poking out
from the front of the slide. But, of
course, it isn't, because the barrel of
the Bullpup 9 is actually over
3 inches long, just cleverly hidden.
Like the Tardis in " Dr. Who, " it's bigger
on the inside.
How? Simple: Th e slide is not a
striker-fi red design, where the rear
half is used just to house the striker,
spring and levers; instead, it is a hammer-fi
red, double-action-only (DAO)
pistol. And the fl at plate on the back,
which appears to be the plate containing
the striker parts, is the hammer.
Th e part of the slide behind the
chamber needed for the fi ring mechanism
must only be long enough to
hold the fi ring pin, its retainer and its
return spring. Th e barrel rotates and
rides over the magazine.
I can see some of you visualizing
this and wondering, With the barrel
over the magazine, how does it
feed? Th e slide, when it travels back
after fi ring, pulls each cartridge
backward out of the magazine, and
then, when it goes forward, it feeds
it into the chamber. Of course, this
takes some getting used to, as the
century-plus-old custom of stuffi ng
cartridges base-fi rst into a magazine
must be resisted.
Th e Bullpup 9's operation is simple:
Load the magazine (each round
nose-fi rst) and insert it. Pull the
slide back and release, chambering
a round; and then aim and stroke
through the trigger, which will cock
and release the hammer/rear plate of
the slide, fi ring the pistol.
Th e slide will retract (slightly
delayed by unlocking the rotating
barrel). It will pull the next cartridge
in sequence backward out of
the magazine, lift it, present it to the
chamber and, when going forward,
chamber it, rotate the barrel and lock
closed. Th e slide will not lock open
when the last round has been fi red,
so count your shots or act when you
get a click instead of a bang.
Now, since pistols have been
feeding cartridges by pushing them
forward for well over a century,
ammunition manufacturers have
ensured bullets will not set back into
the case under recoil and when feeding.
Th ey have not spent time preventing
the opposite.
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