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.

Gun Details

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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