Desert Tech Drops Some Weight: Meet the Lighter and Better SRS-A2 – SHOT Show 2019

Desert Tech has seriously upped their already “A” game with the improvements on their new SRS-A2. This line of rifles continues with their bullpup design and adds a couple of other features.

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The SRS-A2 still maintains the overall profile of it’s precursor but comes in at 2.1 lbs lighter.

The most noteworthy thing about the SRS-A2 is that the chassis is 2.1 lbs lighter than the SRS-A1 and boasts being 36% more accurate. They managed to drop the weight by removing material from strategic places while maintaining functionality and strength. Weight reduction was done specifically by shortening the Picatinny rail on top of the receiver accompanied by adding fluting to the barrel, receiver as well as the bolt. They also removed some more material on the inner parts of the gun which cannot be noticed from the outside.

The barrel is fluted in order to drop weight.

One other design change that added to its lighter weight is the switch from a steel barrel nut to a bolted on M-LOK design rail. These new rails are lighter than the older versions as well as more modular. With M-LOK attachment points running the full length of the handguard as well as being every 45 degrees around it.

Here, the new trigger design, receiver fluting and shortened Picatinny rail can be seen.

The trigger is also revamped on the SRS-A2. The new trigger is flat faced and has absolutely zero takeup or over travel. It is not user adjustable for anything other than pull weight, unlike the older model. The pull weight is adjustable from 1.5 to 7.5 pounds.

Desert Tech left nothing out when redesigning by including a 1/4-20 tripod mount location on the forend but left all of the features that you have come to love such as the LOP adjustable buttpad and adjustable cheekpiece. All of this and the SRS-A2 maintains the 1/2 MOA guarantee just the same as it’s predecessor.

The new SRS-A2 chassis line comes in at an MSRP of $2,695 and is currently available for order.

 

Shooting the SRS-A2 was a pleasure and would make anybody want one.

 

Specs are rather confusing due to the fact that there are two different chassis variations available, the SRS-A2 and the SRS-A2 Covert. The difference between the two being the length of the handguard and the barrel lengths/calibers that it is offered on Desert Tech’s website. However, the handguard is user interchangeable which means that you are not stuck with one length or the other after purchase. Here are the seperate specs for both the covert and the rifle vatiations.

SRS-A2 rifle configuration specs as per on Desert Tech’s website.

 

SRS-A2 Covert configuration specs as per Desert Tech’s Website.

 

The adjustable cheek piece any user to configure the rifle to their specific dimensions for best ergonomics.

For more information, visit Desert Tech

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About the author: Riley Baxter is an avid and experienced hunter, shooter, outdoorsman, and he’s worked in the backcountry guiding for an outfitter. He also get’s a lot of enjoyment out of building or customizing his firearms and equipment. Check out Riley’s Instagram @Shooter300

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  • Caleb Kingston January 24, 2019, 10:45 am

    I would update this article to show the price of the rifle rather than only the chassis as that is going to be what people are most interested in. Only reason someone would only buy the chassis is if they already have the A1 and want to use their existing kits in a new chassis.

  • JimBo January 22, 2019, 11:16 am

    Tooooooo rich for my BLOOD!!!

  • al January 22, 2019, 10:52 am

    UGH! Sorry, but I see little to NO point in a Bullpup bolt rifle.
    I prefer my hunting rifles to be short, yes, but I also prefer a bolt to be very close to the hand and easy to manipulate WITHOUT breaking my cheek weld.
    The position of the bolt is NOT offset by the length of the rifle, IMO.

    • Marc April 26, 2019, 2:24 pm

      Not only do I not have to break cheek weld with the SRS, but the position of the bolt makes for a faster cycle. That is true for both standing and prone shooting.

  • Bob January 22, 2019, 10:03 am

    Go to their site, 4 different calibers to choose from

  • robert January 22, 2019, 9:11 am

    Caliber? Did I miss it in the article?

    • Michael Christensen January 22, 2019, 9:29 am

      Exactly what I was going to ask.

      • Riley Baxter January 24, 2019, 2:54 am

        Yes, you missed it. Caliber options are in there.

  • James January 22, 2019, 7:26 am

    The problem with this rifle is the $2700.00 price tag. I’d be much more inclined to purchase a Ruger or Savage due to the substantial savings. Beretta is getting close to Barrett Country for a bolt action. I’m not overly impressed which seems to be a reoccurring statement which I have made since the ARX 160.

    • ~ Occams January 22, 2019, 10:19 am

      And if I’m not mistaken, that price tag is WITHOUT a barrel, bolt, or mag. Add $1500+, thank you very much

    • Javier January 23, 2019, 10:57 am

      Yeah, another failure of reporting by GA. The Chassis by itself is $2700. The “SRS-A2” Line will be MINIMUM $4,200. Pretty big omission to make in a piece like this.

      • Riley Baxter January 24, 2019, 2:57 am

        You guys are correct, the price is reflecting the chassis only. This is exactly what the article says.

  • Evan Caffrey January 22, 2019, 6:34 am

    Gee, maybe you could tell us the CALIBER of this fine looking rifle?

    • Dave Farmbo January 22, 2019, 10:39 pm

      The previous SRSA1 is the reason I don’t shoot my Remington 700s or Rugers anymore. Once again DT raises the mark!

    • Riley Baxter January 24, 2019, 2:59 am

      Calibers are in the review. Read through it again to find them. Maybe check the pictures and tables.

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