Desert Tech has released a sneak-peak video of their prototype MDR bull-pup .308 rifle. The MDR prototype is capable of firing both semi-auto and fully automatic, though it is likely that a semi-auto only version would be marketed. Desert Tech has promised to release more information in the lead up to SHOT Show 2015. We’re hoping they will have a finalized version ready for the Media Day at the Range event at SHOT Show 2015, or at least one we can lay our hands on at the showroom floor.
If you read the responses on the YouTube video you’ll see that the sometimes reciprocating charging handle has already been “fixed” by Desert Tech. The MDR charging handle will be non-reciprocating. The forward ejecting cases is a real plus for CQB or training, just ask your partner who has had to do the “hot brass dance” on the firing line due to side or rear ejecting cases.
The MDR looks like it will create a very interesting option for both military and law enforcement applications. Coming in 7.62x51mm, the MDR could appeal to militaries who have questioned long-range viability of the 5.56mm. If the MDR has a similar precision capability that other Desert Tech rifles are now famous for, the MDR could easily be selected for squad or company level marksmen. Long range precision, and excellent portability, is a winner every time.
For law enforcement, and with the right ammunition and optic, there could be a real market as a patrol rifle. The two big hurdles to overcome would be the learning curve of a new platform (bull-pup), and the potential over-penetration of the heavier .308 bullet. What do you think of the MDR’s potential?
Desert Tech’s strong entry into the rifle market after their start in 2007. The Desert Tech precision long rifles combined highly accurate bull-pup designs, with free-floating match grade barrels offering a quick change barrel for additional caliber options. The bull pup design creates the opportunity for a much shorter precision rifle than more traditional designs. As a prototype there is still some finishing work to be done before a final version is offered and an MSRP provided.
UPDATE: The Firearm Blog has posted an article on the Desert Tech MDR pricing. The Chassis is $1500, and has conversion kits in .223, .308, with possible kits coming in .300 BLK and 7.62×39. The .223 conversion kit is $657.03 and the .308 conversion kit is $950.00, so a .308 version could go for just under $2500. Most reputable sniper rifles are at least $2000-$5000, so the MDR will compete nicely in that range.
Check out The Firearm Blog’s article by clicking this link:
In fact, the Desert Tech DTA SRS-A1 Covert Rifle Chassis was specifically designed for military and law enforcement customers needing long-range precision and the possibility of covert carry. The SRS-A1 is only 26″ long, yet provides 1000 yard precision on its 16″ barrel. A very interesting police sniper option indeed.