Desert Tech MDR UPDATED VIDEO (Halo Battle Rifle? Probably) – Garand Thumb

The Desert Tech MDR had issues.

Had, it appears, is the operative word. Reports on the innovative Desert Tech bullpup have shown that the cycling issues and gas system problems on the early rifles, well documented by early users, seem to have been taken care of by the team at DT. Desert Tech is known for their incredibly built bullpup bolt action rifles and the problems with the MDR couldn’t stand if they wanted their reputation to survive and, most importantly, satisfied customers.

The MDR, for those wondering, is the Micro Dynamic Rifle and was built for “future defense needs” as a concept.

MDR in flat dark earth from desert tech available in 308 and 5.56
Image via Desert Tech

A highly configurable ambidextrous combat rifle usable in 7.62x51mm/.308 Win base case configurations, which does open up several future calibers like 6.5 Creedmoor and .260, as well as 5.56x45mm and its derivatives like .300 BLK.

Heavy emphasis was placed on the rifle’s ambidexterity. From front to back, starting at the charging handle, the controls are meant for left and right handed shooters ease of use. The charging handle can be used to lock the bolt back HK roller-lock style and is non-reciprocating.

The magazine release and safety are also ambidextrous and placed to be familiar to AR rifle users. An additional magazine release is placed behind the pistol grip on the MDR at the front of the magazine well, similar to the original Tavor SAR. This magazine release is disabled in the 5.56 configuration due to the necessary conversion parts, but in .308 it provides a third point of control. The bolt release is positioned behind the magazine well to use with the shooters thumb easily from either side.

The ejection is the final, and probably most important, ambidextrous feature on the rifle. The ejectors are tied to the port covers and depending on which side you place the covers determines the ejection of the rifle. They also forward ejects spent cases making switching shoulders much less of a problem when compared against most bullpup designs, especially the older services rifles out of Europe.

Enjoy the video on lunch. It’s a long one.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.