Guns of Hollywood’s Dystopian Futures (Discover Magazine)

The Capitol’s Peacekeeper troops open fire with their bullpup guns in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″. Credit: Lionsgate

The Capitol’s Peacekeeper troops open fire with their bullpup guns in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″. Credit: Lionsgate

You’ve probably seen a bullpup gun even if you don’t know what it is. Millions of moviegoers have seen the futuristic-looking guns appear in the hands of Peacekeepers, the militarized law enforcers of the dystopian Capitol government in “The Hunger Games” films. The unusual shapes of bullpup guns have also featured in many past science fiction films such as the “Terminator” films, “Total Recall,” “Stargate” and the “Robocop” series. But military, law enforcement and civilian gun users remain divided over whether the bullpup design represents an improvement over conventional gun designs. READ MORE HERE

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