Desert Tech is the closest we got to an American bullpup company. From the MDR to the super sweet precision rifles, they’ve never been afraid to embrace the bullpup. Typically their bullpups demand a rather high price, and they tend to be high-performance guns. However, their latest option gives us all a bullpup to enjoy. The Desert Tech Trek-22 isn’t a gun but a drop in stock system for your Ruger 10/22.
The Trek-22 – Shrinking Your Rimfire
As you’d imagine, it converts your 10/22 to a bullpup rifle. Lots of people have done that, but Desert Tech’s done it a bit differently. It looks like some form of space wizardry. It’s futuristic and elegant, and downright nice looking. The Trek-22 is very streamlined without an obvious pistol grip. Heck, I didn’t even know it was a 10/22 until it was explained to me.
The kit shrinks your Ruger 10/22 down to 26.75 inches. Your average Ruger 10/22 is 37 inches overall, so it’s a lot of space savings. The downside is you have to have an 18-inch barrel. If you have the carbine like me, the overall length will be too short, and you’ll have an NFA weapon.
The Trek-22 is super lightweight, and the stock feels like it’s a quality piece of gear. Its made from impact-resistant, glass-reinforced polymer and injection molded. Clean and sleek describes it best. The stock holds two spare ten-round magazines, and the front gives you a set of M-LOK slots for attaching goodies. We have an integral optics rail to top things off.
Finally, let’s talk trigger. Somehow Desert Tech improved the trigger of the Ruger 10/22. Bullpup triggers are usually average at best, but the Trek-22 is clean, crisp, and light. The Ruger 10/22 trigger isn’t bad, but it’s not great. The trigger in the Trek-22 is downright great.
The Trek-22 looks awesome feels good, and I wished I had the Ruger rifle instead of carbine. Pre-orders are live down, and the MSRP is $299.