Desert Tech MDR this Compact Rifle is Ready for Anything

Desert Tech MDR Rifle Vehicle Defense
Desert Tech MDR Rifle ideal for Vehicle Defense

USA – -( The world's most versatile rifle has arrived. Desert Tech caught the world's attention with proof-of-concept models of the MDR in 2014 and from then on Desert Tech's engineers have been hard at work to ensure performance delivered matched performance promised.

Desert Tech MDR Rain Bullpup Rifle Rain
Desert Tech MDR Rain

Truly ambidextrous controls, an ability to change calibers, and full battle-rifle power in a compact, low-profile package make MDR the future of battle rifles. Previously, end-users had to choose between a full-power, but cumbersome rifle, or losing terminal ballistics in exchange for more compact and maneuverable platforms. The MDR combines the strengths of both platforms in one rifle that handles the same, regardless of caliber.

Desert Tech MDR Rain Bullpup Rifle Controls
Desert Tech MDR Rifle Controls: Completely ambidextrous controls in familiar locations.

At only 26.2″ in total length the MDR provides all the muzzle energy of a full-length barrel in a more compact package. The bullpup design also shifts the balance of weight closer to the shooter to produce a rifle that is quick-pointing and easy to maneuver. With the American shooter in mind, controls remain in familiar locations, greatly shortening the learning curve normally associated with bullpup rifles.

Desert Tech 308 Winchester
Desert Tech 308 Winchester: *Desert Tech guarantees 0.5 MOA accuracy from its ammunition when fired from Desert Tech accuracy-guaranteed rifles and all proper shooting protocol is followed.

Since the original release of the MDR in 2017, Desert Tech has received feedback from the market and implemented several free upgrades for all MDR owners. In 2019 the MDR's gas piston system and extractor were refined to ensure maximum reliability across a wide variety of ammunition. These upgrades include the 2019 6-position adjustable gas valve and a wider extractor claw that make the platform even more reliable and user friendly. All upgrades are included with every new MDR that ship from the factory. Desert Tech has already updated dealer inventory making all currently-available MDRs up-to-date. The .308 WIN MDR also readily accepts and functions with all commonly available standard AR-10 / SR-25 magazines.

Caliber options currently include .223 Wylde and .308 WIN with .300BLK on the horizon. All rifles ship with a 16″ barrel and the same 26.2″ overall length and recoil-absorbing 8.3lbs weight.

All Desert Tech-made products are covered by a Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer defects from first owner to last.

About Desert Tech:

Located in West Valley City, Utah, Desert Tech employs an amazing team of dedicated workers with strong values and ethics. We have a strong belief in the second amendment and strive to provide the best firearms, ammunition and training possible for military, law enforcement, and private gun owners. We are very passionate about the products we make and are extremely committed to being at the forefront in developing tomorrow's weapons technologies.

  • 18 thoughts on “Desert Tech MDR this Compact Rifle is Ready for Anything

    1. 1st hurdle will be to prove to me a bullpup has a decent trigger.
      Next, a heavy 308 bullpup with all the weight in back??? No thanks.

      1. That weight in the back allows you to shoot one handed while carrying someone over your shoulder and maintaining balance. Try that with even a .223 AR-15 that is overall lighter. Too front heavy.

    2. 2 questions,

      A. When is 300 black gonna happen AND
      B. When are you gonna SBR this sucker to anywhere between a 9.5″ and 12″ Barrel?

    3. Their initial price offering was much lower. Now that they got all the kinks resolved, the price went up a lot.

    4. !6 inch barrel AND $2,500 MSRP for a short barrel 308 …

      This is full power and revolutionary … NOT …

      And a heavy and plastic gun to boot … can we say expensive niche gun …

      1. Does Desert Tech really really practice polygamy? That would really sway me from purchasing their products.

        Please let me know.

    5. “Previously, end-users had to choose between a full-power, but cumbersome rifle, or losing terminal ballistics in exchange for more compact and maneuverable platforms. The MDR combines the strengths of both platforms in one rifle that handles the same, regardless of caliber.”

      “All rifles ship with a 16″ barrel and the same 26.2″ overall length and recoil-absorbing 8.3lbs weight.”

      Seriously, who wrote this article? It all sounded pretty good, right up until it was mentioned to have a 16” barrel for .308 WIN and a 10+ pound rifle with optics/accessories and a loaded magazine. (This thing weighs nearly as much as an FN FAL…a paratrooper FAL with the stock folded is only 2” longer, plus the FAL is a proven and rugged design.)

      Not to mention, who wants to set off 308 WIN so close to your face from a bullpup design with such a short barrel. Don’t get me wrong, I love bullpups, but why not an 18-20” barrel?

      “Recoil-absorbing” Gotta be kidding me….

      And of course no mention of the price in the article @@

      1. Plus these words: “Truly ambidextrous controls”, were extremely carefully chosen. To leave the IMPRESSION in the readers’ mind that the rifle is “truly” ambi, when OFC no bullpup can be, short of using some very complex system that ejects the cases straight forwards, or uses caseless ammo like the HK G11. They can have “Truly ambidextrous controls” though, but not ejection. And as you noted, this is far from the only silly cheerleading in this ‘review’.
        Buyer beware, because there are no sites left anywhere that are neutral towards the products they feature. Most are nothing more than cheerleaders for whoever pays them. What amazes me is that there are some who still think stuff like this is unbiased.
        But, there are some who think the WWF and WWE are real fighting too. What’s one going to do? Issue new brains to those who can’t be bothered to think? I don’t think so. All I can do is warn those who might not know any better. Then, if they don’t listen, I’ve done my part.

        1. You can change the ejection on the mdr either to left or right with a few steps, so it is ambidextrous

        2. It does eject the brass forward. Additionally, the ejection port side can be swapped quickly, without tools.

          I’d say that’s pretty ambidextrous.

        3. @Knute(ken), You must wonder how they place the gas block on a short barrel to control that much gas coming off of the 308 round, and the effects it has on the bolt carrier group and for it’s expected life. I personally have no experience with the bull-pup design, but have heard complaints of the spongy like trigger arrangement. Only time will tell after it has been released for public use. Other than that, and it’s price, it sounds good.

          1. It is released already. I love mine. Trigger is probably the best stock bullpup trigger out there, and I’ve heard aftermarket ones are in the works already.
            As for weight, because the weight is at the back, it is more manageable and doesn’t feel as heavy due to balance. Easy to shoot one handed, even with off hand.
            And yes, truly ambi controls and the forward ejection, while you can easily switch the panels from left to right ejection in 5 seconds, you don’t have to since the forward throw clears your face so you can swap shoulders without getting brass in your face/neck.
            Don’t knock it till you try it. It’s an awesome rig and I can’t wait to get Conversions for it (6.5 creed and 5.56 already available)

    6. “recoil-absorbing 8.3lbs” Nice try to spin it positive, but it ain’t working. That’s really heavy for 5.56 and a glaring kink in cross-caliber platforms.

      1. Due in most part I would think to it’s choice of gas system,piston systems are somewhat heavier.

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