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The Citadel Taipan X SCSA Pump Action Rifle in .223 Wylde

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.

(Photo by Legacy Sports International)

Citadel Taipan X Specs

Type Pump Action
Barrel 16.5″ Stainless Steel Threaded, 1:8 Twist
Colors Available Gray
Hand Right Only
Threaded Yes
Caliber available in .223 Wylde (.223 REM & 5.56×45 Compatible)
MSRP $1,299.00


  • 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

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