The legacy of the original SRS, Desert Tactical’s ultra-accurate, multi-caliber bullpup, lives on in the new, ergonomically upgraded SRS-A1. Shown with a DTA/Kahles 6-24x56mm K624i.
The author found the pistol grip comfortable and the trigger crisp and well-suited for repeatable precision. Also note the easy-to-reach safety.
For fast follow-up shots and reliable extraction, the bolt handle has a short lift with a positive throw and an enlarged knob for use with gloves.
The rifle’s receiver is housed in the buttstock, and the new SRS-A1 includes an adjustable cheekpiece for a more comfortable custom fit.
With the SRS-A1, removing the bolt for barrel changes or maintenance requires no tools.
The 26-inch barrel is capped with a proprietary muzzle brake that cuts muzzle rise and allows you to easily install DTA’s sound suppressor.
The rear integral monopod features a recessed “quick spike” that drops down from the monopod’s body when the knob is pulled.
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. My rapport with Nick Young, the owner of DTA, allowed me to see the SRS grow from a vague idea at the range into a prototype and finally into a production rifle. Over the years, it has been improved, expanded and has developed a strong following among precision rifleman. It really is a perfect example of the American Dream.
After years of shooting various .338 Lapua precision rifles, Nick Young decided he could build a better gun. Using his experience as well as input from working police and military snipers and recreational shooters, Young developed the SRS, a bullpup, bolt-action rifle. Innovative and outside the box, it was a huge risk. Bullpup sniper rifles at the time had very little traction in the United States and were all but unseen. Their triggers tended to be long, mushy and less than conducive to precision accuracy. Multi-caliber rifles were more popular, yet they remained problematic, plagued by cold bores that were less than consistent. Young went about attacking all of these hurdles with a vengeance. His efforts have resulted in one of the most accurate and user-friendly precision rifles on the market today. The SRS-A1 is a chassis system upgrade utilizing the same barrel, bolt and magazine of the original SRS. The changes, mostly to the forend and buttstock, are based on feedback from several years of field applications. But nothing has changed when it comes to accuracy, reliability and caliber interchangeability. It is the same rifle, just a little more user-friendly.
Precision-rifle shooters are moving away from fixed quad-rail systems. Almost industry-wide, forends are getting slimmer, smoother and lighter. Not everyone wants or needs all of the rails. The SRS-A1 chassis puts you in charge of the rail space. A continuous top rail accommodates scopes and night vision. The bottom and sides of the forend provide mounting positions so you can add rails where necessary. This makes the forend narrower and smoother, providing the user with a better purchase for unsupported shooting. Well-placed lightening cuts and thinning have shed excess weight while retaining strength and rigidity. The chassis also features quick-detach (QD) swivels for installing tactical slings where needed…
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