To be more specific, the MDR is a gas operated rifle with a rotary bolt and radial lugs that lock the barrel into place. Configured in .308 using a flash suppressor, the MDR weighs just over 8 pounds, which is about the same as most AR-10 rifles. With some rifles shipping since late last year, and many more about to drop, the hype has reached its peak. That’s obviously a little heavier than most .223/5.56mm rifles, but you are getting a 16-inch barrel in a rifle that is about the same length as a 10-inch-barreled AR-15. Describing the Desert Tech MDR as a .308 Winchester bullpup semi-automatic rifle is far too simplistic. To get the most out of your MDR rifle, please read this manual from cover to cover before handling and operating the rifle for the first time. InRangeTV – “They really delivered to the market which is what they said they would. The best bull-pup rifle ever? Add to Cart Compare. Physical and digital copies are available at OutdoorGroupStore.com. THE MDR IS DESIGNED FOR FUTURE DEFENSE needs. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! You determine what side the rifle ejects from by placing a solid cover on one side and the ejection chute on the opposite side. You get a compact rifle without the tax stamp, excess blast or gas, or the loss of ballistic efficiency that comes with short-barreled rifles. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), When the MDR was outfitted with a late prototype 5.56mm barrel and a 3D-printed ejection chute, it ran reliably with all kinds of ammunition as I completed a number of training courses over the next year. The MDR is adaptable in both size and caliber. Compare. Desert Tech MDRX 300 Blackout Ships Free! Every control is ambidextrous right out of the box, including the charging handle, bolt, safety and magazine release. Then I switched the gas valve back to the third setting and installed an OSS BPR, and the rifle digested several hundred rounds of Hornady 155-grain American Gunner ammo without missing a beat, even in bad weather—pouring rain, hail and some snow—at Buck Doyle’s Follow Through Consulting range in Torrey, Utah. Out to 381 yards, the 62-grain rounds were spot on when I held the reticle’s 400-yard mark at the bottom of the 12-inch steel target. EDIT: Now that I am back home, I am able to sort and tag my photos and focus on a more detailed report. I then tested the rifle from 50 to 610 yards using the 60-grain V-MAXs as well as Hornady’s 62-grain Frontier FMJs. Expected release date is mid 2015. Printed from 100-percent Iconel 718, it is about as tough as it gets, especially for its weight and length, and it keeps the bullpup quite handy. All of this is good for lefties, but more importantly, you can operate the MDR from almost any conceivable position, no matter your strong side. The OSS HX-QD works really well, too, but then you add to the overall length. - to convert from Forward Eject to Side Eject will require a barrel assembly, bolt and carrier assembly, and the Side Eject panel and window. My experience with Desert Tech goes back to the company’s beginnings, or earlier if you include my time shooting .338 Lapua Magnum rifles with the owner, Nick Young. This increases the variety of ammo, and suppressor options the MDR will run well. Out of stock. The Desert Tech MDRX 300 Blackout Rifle is designed to be a compact weapon with superior ergonomics to maximize mobility. This article is from the October/November 2019 issue of Ballistic Magazine. Keep in mind that this edit came AFTER post # 64, so if it appears that a question is asked that is answered in this post, understand why. THE MDR IS DESIGNED FOR FUTURE DEFENSE needs. After installing a Leupold VX-6HD scope, I loaded three 20-round .308 magazines with a variety of rounds ranging from CorBon’s 125-grain TMKs to Black Hills’ 178-grain ELD-Xs. It can quickly. The Desert Tech MDR offers a unique portability because it is lightweight, compact, ergonomic and due to the bullpup design well balanced with an overall length of only 26.2'' / 66.55cm and a weight of only 7.1 lb / 3.22 kg The Desert Tech MDR is adaptable in both size and caliber. When the MDR was outfitted with a late prototype 5.56mm barrel and a 3D-printed ejection chute, it ran reliably with all kinds of ammunition as I completed a number of training courses over the next year. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? Many of you have likely heard of their all-too-familiar MDR already. There were also some 55- to 62-grain FMJ rounds of unknown origin. There’s also a magazine release positioned forward of the triggerguard, and another is centered on the magazine well. The MDR has unrivaled portability because it is lightweight, compact, ergonomic, and balanced with an overall length of 26.2” (66.55cm) and a weight of 8.3 pounds (3.76 kg). The MDR ran flawlessly with Hornady’s 155- and 168-grain Black A-MAX ammunition. It made changes to the bolt, extractor and ejector. Reply Quote 1. This latest production version has proven to be just as reliable—or more so—than anything else out there. Welcome to the proud family of Desert Tech firearm owners. The gun is short, handy and incredibly accurate while being light on recoil. It is designed to function with.223 Wylde Side Eject or Forward Eject calibers in.223 Wylde (.223 Rem or 5.56 Nato),.308 Win (7.62x51 Nato),.300 Blackout, and 6.5 Creedmoor all in the same platform. This is one of the few carbines that shoots Black Hills 69-grain TMKs into groups tighter than an inch at 100 yards. Next, I switched the MDR over to the .223 Wylde and replaced the Leupold VX-6HD with my favorite sighting system for this rifle: The Leupold LCO red-dot sight and D-EVO fixed 6X optic. Bullpups offer some real advantages. This latest version of the MDR can quickly change from a close quarter 16 inch bullpup rifle to a 20 inch sniper platform. After that was the Hard Target Interdiction (HTI), which is still the most consistently precise .50 BMG bullpup I’ve ever tested. Desert Tech Dtmdr374blk MDR Reflex Handguard Black Aluminum . This is the new MDRX Compliant rifle starting at $2,159.98. The 60-grain V-MAXs shot even flatter and were just as accurate. I used Ammo Inc.’s 60-grain V-MAX rounds to zero the LCO at 50 yards and the D-EVO at 200 yards. In acquiring your new MDR (Micro Dynamic Rifle), you are the owner of the most versatile autoloading rifle in the world. The MDR hits the mark, is excellently manufactured and is very user-friendly: a technical delicacy, as it's fully ambidextrous and also with the highlight of the tool-free case ejection side change. However, it sometimes failed to eject 175- to 178-grain rounds. Desert-Tech, LLC. More details to follow . Well, this new MDRX is basically the same rifle, but improved. In 2017, Desert Tech officially launched the production .308 version, as well as .223 Wylde conversion kits. The Desert Tech MDR offers the easiest switch-barrel capabilities I’ve encountered while being completely ambidextrous. That’s what I experienced when I used the rifle for a Follow Through Consulting course in Texas. I would think that a 308 case could be milled out to hold a 209 primer for ignition. A second generation/upgrade version of the Rifle is marketed as the Desert Tech Micro Dynamic Rifle eXtreme (MDRx). Next came the Covert version of the rifle. You can carry everything you’d need to switch calibers in the field in one little pack. BUiLD YOUR HTI. Desert Tech is upgrading the MDR gas valve to a new 2019 6 position valve. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. BUiLD YOUR MDR. - currently this is only available in.223 and 300BLK. Now it’s one of the only bullpup precision rifles with any serious reach and credibility. Coming only in forward ejection and is not available in California legal configuration. Stealth Recon Scout: Unrivaled flexibility and precision. Stealth Recon Scout Covert A2: Purpose-designed for ultimate concealability and maneuverability. They are located in West Valley City, Utah. The original MDR barrels and Forward Eject MDRx barrels will not work. The flat two-stage trigger helps. With one of the easiest switch-barrel capabilities you'll find, the Desert Tech MDR changes from .308 Winchester to .223 Wylde in the blink of an eye. The Desert Tech MDRX 6.5 CM Rifle is designed to be a compact weapon with superior ergonomics to maximize mobility. Desert Tech. Both sides feature charging handles that can lock the action open as well as ejection ports. The MDR can come chambered in 5.56x45mm, 7.62x51mm, and (with a conversion kit) .300 AAC Blackout. Desert Tech wasn’t done tinkering, however. The Desert Tech MDR (short for Micro Dynamic Rifle) is an American bullpup assault rifle. The LCO/D-EVO setup eliminates this. To be fair, the MDR had yet to miss a beat, but the new parts should ensure proper operation. Desert Tech’s MDR could be refined further, but as it stands today it’s reliable, it has fully-ambidextrous controls, and it serves as a well-engineered, accurate battle rifle that packs.308 power into such a compact package it’s barely legal. The Desert Tech Micro Dynamic Rifle (MDR) series are a family of gas-operated bullpup rifles produced by US-based Desert Tech Inc. Very cool. Also, Desert Tech added a six-position gas valve for both .223 and .308 variants. Sootch00 – Desert Tech MDR Bullpup Review. L ocated in West Valley City, Utah, Desert Tech launched its specialized lineup of bullpup bolt-action rifles in 2007. ◀ Previous Post I just saw a presser for the Desert Tech MDR and MDR-C bullpup . The MDR’s weight is centered, with less over the barrel, so it carries lighter, but it’s all a tradeoff. Mar 10, 2020, Stay in the know with the latest from the Ballistic newsletter, PWS MK107 Diablo: Primary Weapons Systems’ Demonic 5.56/223 Pistol, 5 of the Best Budget Concealed Carry Handgun Options Under $300, WATCH: Daniel Defense Delta 5 Pro Takes Its Bolt-Action to Next Level, 940 JM Pro: Mossberg & Jerry Miculek’s Speedy Semi-Auto Shotgun, You use of this website constitutes and manifests your acceptance of our. Both sides feature charging handles that can lock the action open as well as ejection ports. The compliant rifle qualifies as a featureless rifle to allow legal ownership in California and the District of Columbia. That said, it was still quite innovative from the beginning thanks to its forward ejection and ambidextrous controls. I placed the reticle at the top of target for the remaining distances. Add to Cart Compare. Adding a brake helps, but that muzzle blast is closer to the shooter than with most rifles, so it isn’t particularly comfortable to shoot. Including the 20 inch barrels and compliant packages. The MDR allows mission specific adaptability by changing the rifle’s length, sound signature, and/or caliber. The perfect configuration for me is with the MDR set up in .223 Wylde with the MZLMAX. The new Desert Tech MDRX Bullpup Rifle is a enhanced version of the original MDR. Pierangelo Tendas 16.04.2014. 1 Reply Last reply . The Desert Tech MDR offers the easiest switch-barrel capabilities I’ve encountered while being completely ambidextrous. Here my ammunition consisted of some pretty slow 68- and 69-grain match rounds, 50- and 55-grain Black Hills TSXs and some very fast Superformance 75-grainers from Hornady. For purposes of clarity, I consent to Athlon's collection, storage, processing, and transfer of my Personal Data and Non-Personal Data (as defined in the Privacy Policy) for the purpose of signing up for the email newsletter. Again, the MDR ran everything on the fourth gas valve setting, and almost everything on the third setting with an NG2 Defense MZLMAX installed. When I switched to a 3D-printed Thermal Defense Bantam suppressor, the rifle was reliable with nearly everything on the second gas setting. Desert Tech MDR in .308 Winchester: wrap-up. The MDR is fully ambidextrous with no modification necessary. Swapping barrels is simple and easy, requiring nothing more than a couple of Torx wrenches. I can get 1:28 twist benchmark blanks which should work nicely for a muzzle loader. 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