Like some U.S. states, Australia has rather restrictive laws when it comes to its firearms. However, to overcome these laws, Citadel introduced its Taipan X pump action rifle in .223 Wylde. Fortunately, the platform also helps overcome restrictive laws regarding semi-autos here in the States as well. Available through Legacy Sports International, the platform delivers AR-15 compatibility and pump-action operation with a straight pull bolt backup.
The Citadel Taipan X SCSA Pump Action .223 Rifle
Made in Australia, the Taipan X overcomes many restrictive laws on the AR-style platform. Specifically, by replacing the semi-auto components with a manually cycled action, the platform can maintain the AR-style features. This ensures that it conforms to Australian law, which is also compatible with the laws in certain U.S. states.
The rifle features a standard replaceable A2 compatible grip, so users can use the grip they like best. However, since it is a manual action and not gas piston or direct impingement, it doesn’t include a buffer tube. So, it utilizes a TSP X buttstock that is not compatible with typical AR-style stocks.
Running the entire top of the rifle is a full-length Picatinny rail for attaching optics, a scope, or other accessories. Likewise, the sides of the forearm include M-LOK slots for further accessory compatibility. In addition, a removable case deflector protects the dark grey Cerakote finish and the shooter alike.
Chambered in .223 Wylde, the 16-inch barrel, with 1:8 twist, is ready to deliver enhanced accuracy from standard .223 Rem and 5.56 rounds as well. Correspondingly, the barrel features a threaded muzzle for running a suppressor or other muzzle device.
Rounds are manually cycled via a spring-assist pump handle on the forearm like any pump action firearm. However, the rifle includes a bolt handle for the straight pull bolt on the left side. As a result, the action can be cycled when shooting off the bench, a bipod, or mounted to a tripod. Correspondingly, the bolt is non-reciprocating, so you can maintain a handle on it for fast follow-up shots.
The Taipan X features an AR-15 compatible magazine well and AR-15-style magazine release. Likewise, it ships with one 10-round Magpul magazine. Finally, a redesigned hammer provides lighter, smoother cycling, reduced lock-up time, and an improved trigger feel.
The Citadel Taipan X SCSA pump action rifle is available now with an MSRP of $1,299.00. For more info, please visit LegacySports.com.
Citadel Taipan X Specs
|16.5″ Stainless Steel Threaded, 1:8 Twist
|available in .223 Wylde (.223 REM & 5.56×45 Compatible)
- Straight Pull Bolt
- Spring Assist Pump
- Case Deflector
- Enhanced Trigger
- Enclosed Handguard with full length Picatinny Rail
- 8 M-Lok Slots
- Polymer 3 Piece Pump Grip
- AR15 Compatible Magazine Well
- AR15 Magazine Release
- A2 Style Pistol Grip
- TSP X Butt Stock
- QD Sling Swivel Sockets
- Dark Gray Cerakote Finish
- 1-10 RND Magpul Mag