backpack rifle


March 22, 2009, 11:51 PM
I always wanted to have a rifle that I could fit in to my Osprey 70 pack. This will most likely be used on my buddys land to shoot at tree stumps but I dont want to just carry it in my hands all day. I got a golani for this purpose but it has an 18" barrel and even folded (29"), its just about 3" to 4" too long. I want to stick with .223 if at all possible and I want to stay with all the rules and regulations that the government imposes.

What other recommendations would you all make short of going with a bull-pup design? I shoot left handed so that just wouldn't work for me. Something about getting hit in the ear with a super hot cartridge.


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March 22, 2009, 11:59 PM
Kel Tec?

Hostile Amish
March 23, 2009, 12:02 AM
Why not get an 8'' .44 Magnum revolver that can fit easier and is lighter? Or even a .50 or .500.

March 23, 2009, 12:10 AM
Looking up the rules, it has to be 26" or longer. A revolver is an interesting idea. Maybe an AK/AR type pistol would do the trick. I do have a DPMS lower just sitting here with nothing to do...

Any other ideas?

Thanks all!

March 23, 2009, 12:14 AM
I use a Savage 24 .223/20ga O/U that takes down and reasembles in a couple minutes it slides in the side of my pack easily. I guess its not as elaborate as a AR/AK pistol but I can hit something with it. The only thing I can do with the AR/AK is waste ammo.:D

March 23, 2009, 01:39 AM
You pretty much described a Kel Tec SU-16.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 23, 2009, 01:47 AM
Depends on the Backpack.

If it's an Eberlestock X1, Phantom, Just One, etc., then your choices are myriad:

But for standard backpack, CZ M6 Scout, Kel Tec SU 16, Kel Tec Sub 2000, Marlin Papoose, Savage 24, for starters.


March 23, 2009, 02:19 AM
dont know where you live
but what about under of side folding ak in 223

March 23, 2009, 02:37 AM
Mosin Nagat 91/30

March 23, 2009, 03:04 AM
Could you provide more details of why you want to have a backpack rifle.

I have carried a M6 Scout in .22/410, as a handy rifle to add a squirrel or rabbit to my diet.

What do you plan to do with a .223?

March 23, 2009, 08:14 AM
For $200, some paperwork, and the cost of labor you can follow the rules and SBR it.

March 23, 2009, 08:42 AM
i love my kel-tec su-16. good accurate rifle. folds and fits in a backpack. i will recommend the bravo or charlie modle though. the little plastic sight on the alpha kinda sucks. i'm getting ready to send mine back to get steel front sights installed.

P.S. did i mention that they make a pistol version of the su-16? here is the link...

March 23, 2009, 08:53 AM
If you give up the .223 requirement, a KTsub2k will fold to 16"

March 23, 2009, 12:10 PM
Mosin Nagat 91/30

Are we talking backpack or Golf club bag:p

March 23, 2009, 12:13 PM
Shooting stumps?

What did they do to you, and how much fun could that be?

They're not reactive targets, and might cause an unpredictable ricochet...

March 23, 2009, 12:22 PM
Really its just to play around. I am no Rambo and dont expect a SHTF scenario. I reload my own and already have everything set up for .223. I need to look in to getting an SBR set up but something about having ATF checks is just not sitting well with me... Not that I have anything to hide but with what I've read, if they want you, they will always find something wrong.

the under-folder/side-folder AK will be exactly as long as my golani so that will not really buy me a lot.

I would love to find me an M6 but thats a tall order these days. If you have a line on one, let me know :-)

Thanks everyone! I still dont know how I wan to approach this but I appreciate everyones feedback!


March 23, 2009, 12:53 PM
thompson centerfire

March 23, 2009, 01:02 PM
I agree with memphisjim. Get a contender rifle or even a .223 pistol. I have one and it is very accurate.

March 23, 2009, 01:05 PM
Kel-Tec SU16 or Sub2k

March 23, 2009, 03:17 PM
Keltec SU16

March 23, 2009, 03:23 PM
Gander mountain had a Puma saddle carbine in .45 Colt. 16" Barrel, 7 or 8 round capacity I presume. Load that up with hot .45 Colt rounds and you'd have a fast, hard hitting little carbine that would not attrack the "Egad an Evil Black Rifle" response that one my get from some other hikers...depending on you locality. A carbine like that should be legal everywhere...nobody asking you how many rounds...does the magazine there a bayonet lug or a flash hider...kind of crud.

March 23, 2009, 03:53 PM
Remington 7615 p 16 1/2 barrel

& then put on of these on it.

March 23, 2009, 04:06 PM
If you just want to play around, I recommend a Winchester 9422 lever-action in 22LR. It breaks down into two pieces for easy packing, and being a 22 you can easily backpack enough ammo to really have some fun.


March 23, 2009, 04:58 PM
I think Tim's on the right track, but a good 9422.... Mmm.

I think Taurus made (and discontinued) the ultimate backpack rifle. It was the model 72 stainless carbine. Same action as the win model 62, but SS and barrel cut to mag tube, and chambered in .22WMR!! I have the .17hmr version, but wish it was wmr instead.


March 23, 2009, 06:05 PM
Kel-Tec SU-16 or Sub-2000 (I'd prefer the .223 SU-16 if it would fit).

March 23, 2009, 07:45 PM
Lots of good suggestions. I would add the NEF Handi rifle. Quick to break down, inexpensive, easy to switch calibers.

March 23, 2009, 07:52 PM
I agree with whoever said an older style weapon, or a big honkin revolver. Watch out for the shoulder thing that goes up

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