...with the Bulldog design you have a close quarters and distance platform resulting in a multi faceted weapons system.
SOC Toshiro T. Carrington
Before my review of the Bulldog762 is lost in a sea of praise when the 4th Generation makes its glorious debut, I would first like to thank Sgt. Rich Cabral for his class, professionalism, vision and innovation. His knowledge of the M1A/M14 is surpassed only by his love for them, and the Bulldog762 is his way of giving back to a truly superior weapon that kept him safe during his 22 years of military service in both the U.S. Marine Corp and U.S. Army.
I work for a Southern California Police Department, and having spent some time on our SWAT Team prior to promoting to Sergeant, I think of nothing more than making my way back into the unit. I think about what I could bring back to my guys in terms of training, experience and leadership, but if there were a single piece of equipment I would choose, the Bulldog762 is absolutely something that at least one operator should have in every team.
I have trained primarily with M4 Commandos and MP5s, so I am rather well-versed and quite accustomed to that length and size of a weapon. As reliable and effective as they are, however, their shortcomings are present in more than mere size, particularly with the 9mm in any load. The Bulldog762 puts the ballistics of one of the most lethal semi-auto rounds in a package comparable to the aforementioned Colt and H&K. I had the bittersweet honor of attending the Oakland PD funeral for the four murdered Officers in 2009, and with the SKS-wielding suspect’s 7.62x39 rounds ripping through doors, walls and men, I cannot help but imagine that the conflict might have ended more quickly and with a better score had there been more firepower in the stack.
I was at the range a few days ago, drawing a crowd with my M1A Scout wearing a black Bulldog762. People took pictures, mostly of themselves holding it, creating more hysteria than I have ever seen at a firing range. Now, it is said that form ever follows function, and as “tacticool” as this thing is, what clearly matters most is performance . The added weight, little more than a pound, is negligible, particularly from a physics standpoint – a pound held 13” closer to the body requires far less effort to hold than a mere ounce at 13” further. Failure drills are therefore a breeze, and despite an overall length perfectly suitable for room-clearing, it is not difficult to forget that it maintains its original, full-length barrel, so it is every bit as accurate, making room for a Bulldog762 on the entry team as well as in the hands of a distant sniper.
So, length, weight, accuracy and CDI factor are superb, but what about the one thing that is arguably one of the most important components of all – trigger pull? I have bought and sold or thrown away just about every bullpup kit on the market, but I shall be keeping this one. This is where the Bulldogs are separated from the bullpups, and where Rich really seemed to focus the science and engineering of his masterful design. In retrospect, I should have borrowed a friend’s M1A rather than having nearly driven myself insane dis/reassembling my setup, comparing trigger pulls from an actual firing position in Bulldog and Scout configurations. The difference, if any, was imperceptible, and if there is at all any added poundage to the pull, there certainly is no binding, slippage or any other problems commonly associated with trigger linkage in bullpup kits. It was just smooth and constant, better than many standard triggers I have felt.
If you have read this far, you are intrigued at the very least. You seek a system that is as versatile as it is rugged, as reliable as it is a thing of beauty. I implore you to resist the temptation to heed the antiquated musings of so-called purists who also mock and fear computers and cell phones. The world is now viewing bullpups as the future in small arms. You know what you want, and this is it. I consider the Bulldog762 that point where art meets firepower, and I could not possibly be happier with mine. Please inquire with Rich for my contact info if I could be of any assistance.
Sgt. JS, Los Angeles
The SRSS Bulldog 762: This is my rifle; there are NOT many like it and this one is mine!
During five deployments and ten years on Active Duty as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer I served as a platoon commander, company commander, and Iraqi Army advisor. Operating in both desert and urban terrain, it was always a balance and choice between firepower and maneuverability. While the M4 suited most of our needs, there were always instances where long streets, alleyways, and open desert presented targets that the M4 could not
engage. The M14 was always an option, but it regularly sat in the outpost because it sacrificed agility in
urban terrain and mounted operations. While I personally own an M1A because I respect the accuracy,
firepower, and reliability, I never would have dreamed of employing it in urban combat or mounted
operations as anything other than a secondary weapon fit for a designated marksman task. However,
after owning both the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Bulldog 762, I can safely say that I would have no problem
sending Marines into combat with the Bulldog 762 as their primary weapon system.
The Bulldog 762 has many advantages. First, bullpup kits are notorious for spongy triggers. Rich’s
adjustable solid-state trigger bar transfers the same feel of your original trigger directly to your finger.
It is amazing how crisp the trigger breaks. Second, the majority of the weight is centered in the butt
of the weapon. Now let’s not kid ourselves, carry weight is carry weight, and this is going to be heavier
than an M4 (my medium weight model is 15lbs with full mag, Leupold Mark IV, and RMR); however,
the bullpup configuration puts the weight in your shoulder and makes shooting position, as well as
recoil more manageable. Finally, the upgraded selector safety on the Gen 4 is very intuitive. While it
functionally rotates from the 12 to 9 position – vice the M4 which rotates from the 3 to 6 position – the
thumb movement is exactly the same and feels natural.
Of course every system has a few drawbacks that operators must be aware of, but Rich has provided
some unique solutions to mitigate such issues. First, you’re going to need to carry a set of Allen
wrenches in your kit. Disassembly is not difficult, but it’s not as simple as an M4. Rich had the foresight
to provide an extra set of screws (located in the main chassis under the stock cover) just in case you lose
one – which you’re sure to do eventually. Second, this is not a left hand weapon system and magazine
changes will take some practice. I’m still about one second slower on mag drills than on an M4. So
not bad for the tradeoff in firepower, but I would always carry a sidearm for close and immediate
engagements. To aid mag drills, Rich has developed the left-side charging handle that attaches to the
operating rod. This is one of the primary features that modernizes the weapon and makes magazine
changes smooth; mitigating the need to reach underneath to the original charging handle – like an AK
drill. Finally, operators must be aware that the original safety is in the fire position. While unlikely, the
original trigger can still fire even when the trigger rod is locked in the safe position. Instead of covering
up the original trigger in the fire position, Rich has provided a lever that allows the operator the choice
of engaging the original safety. While the weapon is safe for patrolling and normal use, I find this option
particularly useful when slinging the weapon or tossing it in a vehicle. Operators need to be cognizant
of the dual safety feature and the safety condition of the weapon.
While I have never deployed the Bulldog 762 in combat, I would take it with me in a heartbeat. I have
fired about 500 rounds through the Gen 3 system and 100 rounds through my new Gen 4 system. It
loses nothing in accuracy, and the upgrades from the Gen 3 to Gen 4 have made the weapon much more
intuitive, modern, and safe. Rich obviously spent some time listening to operators and redesigning
the system. Being mindful of over-penetration, the Bulldog 762 is a flexible system that provides a
designated marksman capability that can be better employed in urban and mounted scenarios. It is a
definite first choice for a well-rounded, do-it-all weapon.