I am afraid I cannot agree with your ekhm... "analysis", based on your reflections not on informations from the real world. First, the idea of bullpup rifles comes from 1900s, not 1950s, second the introduction of bullpups to the world armies are 1980s, not 1970s, third the "almost totally abandoned by major gun designers" thing is completly false.
Today top bestseller assault rifle is Israeli Tavor TAR-21 in bullpup design (check the list of recent users), the bullpups are produced by major firearms manufacturers like FN (F2000) or Steyr-Mannlicher (AUG, which is ancestor of all modern modular designs with exchangeable barrels).
The latest reports from Afghanistan shows clearly that the army using the 5,56 mm assault rifles in such mountain/desert enviroment wanted the longest barrel available with the shorter overall length possible (or the different intermediate ammunition, which is rather impossible), the feature that only bullpups can achieve.
Agree. Bullpup is tailor made for the fight in Afghanistan. You couldn't ask for a better platform really. Easier to carry and move in the rough terrain with a long enough barrel to give you proper velocity for fragmentation with the 5.56x45mm round. The rifles with 14.5" barrels just aren't going to give rounds the right velocity and hence don't provide enough velocity at targets at intermediate distances. Plus, in Afghanistan you can be making shots up and down mountains and across farm fields one minute and be in urban operations the next. Ask the Marines how easy it is to weild a long barreled rifle in tight quarters.
Smaller overall size to the rifles also has a logistical advantage, because that's less space the rifle needs to take up for transport.
6 pages of infractions, more than enough chances to modify behaviour.
Originally Posted by koalorka
I don't think anyone is considering the bullpup layout these days, it's a residual concept from the 50s that achieved great popularity in the 70s and is now almost totally abandoned by the major gun designers.
It is temporary. The final versions should be quite diffrent in external design and controls placement. The current versions are more like test platforms for the internal mechanics, so hopefully we shouldn't sweat over how they look on the outside. Think ACR and X95 as a reference points for the development versions.