Bullpup Shoot 2012: Desert Tactical Arms

Desert Tactical Arms (DTA) makes magazine fed, precision bolt action rifles in bullpup format. Given the tremendous ballistic advantage that longer barrels offer, the bullpup format makes a lot of sense for precision rifles. Basically, Desert Tactical Arms gives precision shooters the same ballistics that are possible with the fence post-like precision rifles that they are used to but in a much more compact package.

They offer three chassis that are available in a variety of calibers – the SRS, SRS Covert, and the HTI. The SRS is their standard chassis that is available in calibers like .308, .260 Remington, 7mm Winchester Short Mag, and more. The SRS Covert is a shorter (16″ and 18″ barrels) version of the SRS that is extremely compact at just 29.5″ long or shorter. The HTI is designed to handle larger calibers like .50 BMG and .408 CheyTac.

The DTA lineup: HTI, SRS, and SRS Covert. The bottom rifle in the picture, an SRS chambered in .308 was awarded to the top finisher in Sunday’s Bullpup Competition Shoot.

DTA also makes ammo which was being consumed voraciously by their rifles over the course of the weekend.

It was obvious to everyone in the area when this HTI was touched off on the firing line.

Eric took a turn on the HTI.

The DTA rifle chassis, like this SRS, make it extremely easy to mount slings, laser, lights, bipods, and other accessories with their free-floated railed fore ends.

Calibers can be swapped in seconds by loosening 4 screws and a key on the opposite side of the rifle.

The bolt knob is large and easy to operate.

Removing the butt plate allows the bolt to be removed out the back of the action to complete a caliber swap or regular maintenance.


2 Responses to Bullpup Shoot 2012: Desert Tactical Arms

  1. Dan October 2, 2012 at 17:02 #

    Thanks for the great review Matt.

    Bummed I couldn’t make the trip out, but it sounds like Mike and Seth had a great time with you guys…


    • Matt October 2, 2012 at 17:08 #

      Mike and Seth were great. Seth was patient in answering our questions and Mike was doing a great job running the range. The rifles were great too.

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