Bullpup Shoot 2012: Red Jacket Firearms ZK-22

We were able to check out the Red Jacket Firearms ZK-22 and came away very impressed. The ZK-22 is a bullpup conversion stock that will work with Ruger 10-22 rifles with 18″ or longer barrels. The entire package is very light and fast handling.

The stock is somewhat reminiscent of the FN P90 but the dimension felt better to me. The front “grip” ring is designed to work with either a hooked thumb or with a strong thumb forward grip. Optics mounting is easy with the long top rail. The charging handle is well placed and easy to operate with either hand. There will also be various QD sling mounting options and forward rail configurations.

The ZK-22 put smiles on everyone’s face who tried it.

The ZK-22 can utilize brass deflector that directs the brass straight down for lefties.

Eric, friend of JTT, tests out the ZK-22.

I am pretty sure Sven from Manticore Arms is smiling as he shoots.


12 Responses to Bullpup Shoot 2012: Red Jacket Firearms ZK-22

  1. zbaer October 1, 2012 at 20:11 #

    how was the trigger?

    • Matt October 1, 2012 at 20:21 #

      It was nothing to complain about. It was the proverbial glass rod but it could be utilized effectively at speed.

  2. Ross October 2, 2012 at 06:42 #

    did they hint at a price?

  3. Ross October 2, 2012 at 06:44 #

    nevermind. i’m dumb.

  4. exhunter223 October 5, 2012 at 00:52 #


  5. Mike Hanson October 5, 2012 at 00:55 #

    I owned a bullpup conversion, with a Mini-14. The thing I objected to was the ammonia that accumulated around my face, burning my eyes, as I shot round after round. The P90 ejected everything DOWN, brass and gas. ( I have fired that one too). How does this do with the gas, following a discharge. Burn your eyes? If it does, I don’t care, s*** if I can’t see.

  6. Mike Hanson October 5, 2012 at 01:00 #

    The other thing I hated about the Mini_14 conversion to bulpup was the linkage between the “trigger” I was pulling and the real trigger of the Ranch Mini-14. It was a plastic link that gave under trigger pressure. That means, I pull the “trigger” and this piece of plastic between me and the real trigger flexed as it wanted, and the gun discharged at varying intervals, depending on the flex of the plastic link. How does this one “link” your trigger finger to the real trigger of the 10-22?

  7. Garry Murphy October 7, 2012 at 17:05 #

    Love your program guys, I just wish our country had the balls to allow its citizens the right to bare arms. (especially ex-millitary like myself)
    some of the weapons you produce are awesome thanks to your inginuity..
    keep it coming….

  8. LoveAndHate November 2, 2012 at 10:27 #

    I got an erection looking at these. Until I saw the warning label engraved in the stock. For the love of god tell me it won’t be on the final production model…

  9. Dan November 9, 2012 at 01:42 #

    How did you get that from Red Jacket? I have had mine ordered and “PAID IN FULL” since May 2012….Cannot find out when it will ship!!!!!!Other People are FED-UP and tried to just get a REFUND only to find out Red Jacket will Deduct and KEEP 30%…….WHATS UP WITH THAT

    • Matt November 9, 2012 at 07:37 #

      These were 3D-printed prototypes there were shown at an industry event.

  10. Matt C. December 15, 2012 at 01:52 #

    what barrel did they use for the prototype and does it cost an arm and a leg?

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