Desert Tactical Arms
By this point in the development of tactical firearms, the bullpup seems like familiar territory. Yet Desert Tech has created a good deal of buzz with the announcement of its new multi-caliber bullpup design. The company plans to release it in .223 and .308 at first, with 300 BLK, 7.62 x 39 and 6.8 SPC to follow. It will be offered with either a 10.5” or a 16” barrel. One of the most interesting design features of the new gun is a new sighting system that will allow the user to swap between calibers without losing zero. The spent casings will eject above the magazine well forward and to the right via a short chute, which is easily accessible to clear any malfunctions.
Will it sell well? It will. Desert Tech is a fashionable brand. Its rifles are built to extreme tolerances and perform exceptionally well, which has earned them a devoted following in the tactical community. And a Desert Tech bullpup may prove to be a step up from the others players in the field.
Desert Tech had some mock-ups of the new MDR at the SHOT Show. According to the rep we spoke to, there is only one functional gun and it was back at the shop in Utah. As such, it was hard to tell much about the controls or trigger. But the idea sure had everyone talking. Desert Tech’s motto is “Tomorrow’s Weapons,” but it will be a little bit longer wait. The MDR is set for a mid-2015 release. The estimated MSRP is between $2,100 and $2,500.