If the AR platform has a challenger going forward, it may not be the AK. Although not new, the bullpup design affords the versatility and shootability of an AR with the same length barrel, but an overall shorter length rifle. The bullpup seems to offer all of the advantages without any of the disadvantages. Last year, IWI saw success with its bullpup design—the Tavor. For 2014, Desert Tech is introducing its own bullpup—the Micro Dynamic Rifle (MDR).
Thus far, details are scant and a press conference set for Jan 14, 2014 will give a hands-on look. Until then, here are the details Desert Tech has released so far. The MDR is a perfectly balanced compact auto-loading bullpup rifle that gives LE, Military and Government agencies the unrivaled ability to adapt and maneuver. The MDR converts without tools between five calibers. Using innovative technology such as the forward ejection mechanism and 100% ambidextrous controls, the MDR can be used by any operator from any position.
- Portability – The MDR has unrivaled portability because it is lightweight, compact, ergonomic, and balanced with an overall length of 26” (or 20” with 10.5” barrel) and a weight of 7.12 – 7.5 lbs.
- Adaptable – The MDR is adaptable in both size and caliber. It can quickly convert between five calibers, and its sighting system retains barrel zeros without the need to compensate for any impact shift.
- Ambidextrous – The MDR is fully ambidextrous with no modifications necessary. Desert Tech’s forward ejection mechanism and intuitive controls set a new bullpup standard for speed and precision.