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January 26, 2014
Last updated on 3/04/14.
O.k., we're back in the world, coming at you with the first real article off SHOT Show 2014. We're appropriately starting with the Desert Tech (DT) MDR (Modular Dynamic Rifle) 16" bullpup carbine and MDR-C (Modular Dynamic Rifle-Compact) 10.5" bullpup SBR/sub-carbine, since we ended with them before SHOT, and it's one of the most important new products to be shown at the show. Assuming Desert Tech gets the gun right in production, and ends up making a reliable, accurate and durable weapon system with a good combat trigger (light and smooth, within 4-5 pounds), the MDR weapons family is going to be truly bangtastic, and a very important bullpup. That goes for both its select-fire/full-auto and semi-auto-only variants.
Based on our viewing and handling of it at SHOT Show, in DefenseReview's (DR) opinion, the DT MDR definitely deserves to be in the running for the most important new product of the year in the tactical firearms business, considering its design and modular/multi-caliber aspect (7.62mm/.308 Win., 5.56mm/.223 Rem., 7.62x39mm Russian, .300 AAC Blackout, and 6.8x43mm SPC) assuming of course it works as advertised once it goes into production. It's just an incredibly cool gun that feels great in your hands. You have to handle it to fully appreciate it. Obviously, QC (Quality Control) will be key. It's gotta' go "bang" every time, and it has to put rounds accurately on target when it does.
The MDR utilizes forward-ejection, but unlike other forward-eject weapons, it doesn't have to push the rounds down a long tube, and the very short closed ejection port cover/tube can be opened to allow for standard side ejection if desired by just flipping the tube down.
Just like on DT's anti-materiel /sniper rifles, you can swap barrels and calibers on the MDR and MDR-C by turning three pins/screws on the side of the weapon with a torque wrench, pulling the barrel out, and swapping barrels, bolt heads and magazines. The gun will also feature an ambi safety/selector switch and non-reciprocating flip-out ambi charging handle.
The DT MDR utilizes a 4-position adjustable gas block for the short-stroke gas piston/op-rod system. The settings are standard fire, suppressed fire, fouled and closed.
The MDR's trigger will be two-stage with an estimated 4-pound pull, approximately.
Desert Tech currently plans to also produce and offer 18" and 20" barrels for the California and Canadian markets, and for customers who wish to achieve greater velocity.
The DT MDR and MDR-C are currently expected to go into production in 2015, but a precise release date hasn't yet been released.
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