It’s no mystery why the bullpup design is rising in popularity. Place a full-length barrel in a compact package and you have a rifle that’s at once highly accurate to medium distances and easily maneuverable in close quarters. The CQB advantages are obvious. But what about the bullpup as a precision rifle—as a heavy-caliber power gun capable of deliver pinpoint hits to distances as far as 1,000 yards? Is distance shooting the province of standard-configuration guns only, or does the bullpup design offer unique advantages at longer ranges, just as it does in close quarters. As Guns & Weapons top shot and retired Salt Lake, Utah, SWAT member David Bahde discovered, a bullpup can indeed be a tack driver—or, at least, the Desert Tactical’s bullpup-based SRS-A1 in .338 Lapua Magnum is.
In truth, Bahde is no stranger to the SRS design: “The Stealth Recon Scout (SRS) from Desert Tactical Arms (DTA) occupies a pretty special place in my life. Not only was it in my hands shortly after production, but it was also the subject of my first article published by Harris Publications.” Bahde’s affection for DTA’s Nick Young, the designer of the bolt-action SRS, is plain; but it wasn’t personal bias that had Bahde calling the latest iteration of the rifle, “one of the very best precision rifles on the market.” The SRS can plain shoot, as Bahde’s outrageous accuracy results prove. And it’s tactically sound, too, offering a degree of positional and circumstantial adaptability lacking in traditional long-range rifle designs. I’d say more, but Bahde’s exhaustive and expert review has the matter comprehensively covered. To read it in full, check out the November 2013 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, available on newsstands and digitally August 27, 2013. To subscribe, go to www.tactical-life.com/subscribe..