Czech SF Buy Desert Tech Long Guns

The Czech Ministry of Defense has announced the purchase of 30 Desert Tech precision rifles chambered in .50 BMG and .375 Chey Tac. These rifles are the commercial Hard Target Interdiction series. As reported by Jane’s Defense

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract worth CZK75 million (USD3 million) for Desert Tech Hard Target Interdiction (HTI) rifles for use by Czech special forces in international operations.

The contract includes the delivery of 30 sniper rifles, each with a set of conversion kits for .375 CT and .50 BMG cartridges (including barrel, bolt, and magazines), along with scopes, 120 replacement barrels (737 mm/29 inches long), 21,000 cartridges, and additional accessories such as bipods, mounts, and cases.

Despite Desert Tech’s delayed release of their 5.56x45mm NATO MDR, the companies bullpup precision rifles have achieved success throughout the world being adopted in small numbers. Although these sales aren’t overtly public, they are enough to get the precisions out there on the market, in use by various LE and Military forces for operational testing and evaluation. In addition, the precision rifles are available for civilian purchase within the United States.

The puzzling portion of this particular contract is the choice of .375 Chey Tac. The cartridge is more of a novelty, with popularity within the competition and hunting worlds. Very few if any international militaries or police forces use it. Most either opting for the .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua or the larger .50 BMG. Why the Czech Special Forces are interested in the .375 Chey Tac specifically has to do with their operational requirements for the adopted rifle. When getting into these much larger cartridges, security forces are looking more at anti-vehicular usage rather than anti-personnel. The .338 Lapua can accomplish everything the .375 Chey Tac can, and is much more suited to human targets, which is why it is so popular among security forces.

Weight 8.93 kg (19.7 lb) (.375 CheyTac)
9.18 kg (20.2 lb) (.408 CheyTac, .416 Barrett)
9.09 kg (20.0 lb) (.50 BMG)
Length 1,127 mm (44.4 in) (.375 CheyTac, .408 CheyTac)
1,152.4 mm (45.37 in) (.416 Barrett, .50 BMG)
Barrel length 737 mm (29.0 in)


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  • Henry Reed

    The .375 has some truly legendary ballistics. DT was able to repeatedly replicate the 3,080-yard shot that those 2 Australian snipers did with a .50 BMG, using a .375 HTI. I personally welcome any group who doesn’t want to compromise on long range performance just because of prior military usage.

  • FOC Ewe

    The HTI is convertable to .338LM? Since when?

    • Havok

      It isn’t.

  • micmac80

    .375 CT is just about the best caliber for ELR shooting , a smart choice if you are going outside nato standard calibers anyway.For Anti vehicular use good thing is you are mostly using lathe turned solid bullets so its armor piercing potential is considerably . But it will be interesting if they field any special AP ammo

    • Mrninjatoes

      300 Norma Mag is better.

  • Vhyrus

    Maybe they’ll have enough money to ship the MDR now….

    • Zachary marrs

      Lol, no. This will just give them an excuse to push the release date back even longer

    • None

      They’ll be too busy filling this order and the MDR will never come out. Companies drop everything for big orders.

  • Flounder

    Miles, go compare the ballistics of .375 cheytac to 338 lapua and i think you will immediately understand why they chose it. It shoots flatter and stays supersonic longer than the 408 cheytac.

    It is literally a mile better than 338 lapua.

    • Mrninjatoes

      They should have gone with 300 Norma Mag.

  • Brandon Davis

    Yeah, no… .37CT outperforms even .338LM Improved, staying supersonic quite a ways longer. That’s why it’s still the king of the hill for ELR shooting. The only significant advantage .50BMG has over it is use of payload rounds like Mk211. There’s just not a comparable .375 bullet with those features. So chances are the .50BMGs are intended for HTI missions while .375CT for anti-personnel at distance.

    • Mrninjatoes

      And 300 Norma crushes 338 Lapua and all the CheyTacs. CheyTac…lol What is this 2001? The MIL looked at the CheyTacs and is not interested. Unless you want to be like ol’ Bob Lee Swagger….get a 300 NM.

  • Vitor Roma

    Great choice with the .375. I find the .338lm kinda underwhelming since it doesn’t allow 300gr bullets to perform their best.