Maybe this idea is totally bonkers, but I figured I'd throw it out there for digestion. Bolt action pistols generally have the bolt handle on the opposite side of the ejection port. The idea is that instead of holding the handguard while working the bolt with your trigger hand, you hold the grip with your trigger hand and work the bolt with the other. I wondered if anyone had ever considered this for rifles. I decided to try switching shoulders with a few of my bolt actions. The most obvious issue proved to be that it was impractically difficult to hold the rifle by the grip while cycling. One has better balance on the forend, plus the classic curved grip of most rifles doesn't lend itself to being used as the sole point of support. Next thing I noticed was that I continually hit myself in the nose with my hand. This was very much the case with my Savage in 300 RUM but not with my Rem 700 short action. Meaning that IF such a configuration were ever to be used, it would only work for the shortest of actions. Finally, I noted that grabbing the bolt handle from the position of the trigger seemed very natural, while moving one's hand from the forend back to the bolt handle took much more time and just felt sloppier. Another fact here is that a classic curved grip places the shooter's trigger hand very near the rear of the bolt, and while the bolt could be cycled without hitting it, it would be too close for comfort. So my conclusions are that IF such a rifle could ever possibly work, it would: 1.) Basically have to resemble a pistol but have a 16" minimum barrel, and might as well have a buttstock, fixed or folding, to bring the overall length up to the legal minimum for a rifle. 2.) Have a separate pistol grip in order to keep the bolt from hitting the shooter's trigger hand when cycling. So in other words, it would start to look "tacticool" by necessity. This grip would also help hold it steady while cycling with the other hand. 3.) Be held by the non trigger hand as close to the bolt handle as possible, possibly even under the magazine. So it would need a flush fixed or detachable magazine. Military mags are out. In order not to feel barrel heavy, the barrel would have to be as light and short as possible, which would also help it to feel better when being held one-handed. 4.) Use the shortest action possible. 308 at the longest, intermediate length like 223, 7.62X39mm, or 6.8 Rem SPC would be best. Or 35 Rem, since this setup would be good for a brushbuster. Shorten the bolt travel even further by using a rear locking bolt like the 788. So a 788 would be the best donor gun for such a project, especially with the left handed 788s ejecting out the right side. Why? A compact carbine for tight quarters useful for hunting and LE alike. Might as well give it a collapsible stock to accomodate different shooters and clothing thicknesses. A peep site and/or scout scope would probably be the best optical setup. Or just something that would give most of the advantages of handgun hunting in something a little larger and more versatile. So what do people think? Nuts? It would have to be done just right to feel good at all and not just awkward. Or maybe there is no way to do it right. I mainly got on the idea thinking a Rem 788 left hand would make a great hunting pistol if only it were legal, but alas once it has a buttstock it can never have a barrel under 16", so sayeth the NFA.