Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

At SHOT Desert Tactical Arms announced their Stealth Recon Scout (DT SRS) sniper weapon system. It is a bolt action bullpup rifle.

It features

* 1/2 MOA accuracy is standard
* 11 inches shorter than conventional rifles
* Quick Caliber conversion between 243 win, 308 win, 300 win, and 338 LM
* Rugged, it was designed and built to be as tough as any other system out there.
* Adjustable trigger 1-5 lbs and you can also enable or disable the second stage on the trigger, as well you can reduce your trigger pull length to whatever you want.

The 338LM pictured below (with bipod, scope mount, sling, and S&B 5-25x) is 15.75 lbs and has an overall length of 37.5″. The 308 WIN (22″ fluted barrel) is approx 3 lbs lighter with an overall length of 31.5″, making it the shortest sniper rifle in the world to my knowledge, yet you can still mount the bipod the same distance forward on the rifle that you can on a standard McMillan stock.

We actually beefed up the barrel and bolt camming area up by 39% over the original DSR-1. Every operational sniper that has handled the rifles have said they are the most comfortable rifles they have ever handled.

The trigger is excellent, I can assure everyone of that and those going to the shot show will get to try it.

Postal, your hilarious, no black eyes with this gun. The bolt has a 60 degree lift and six lugs. The bolt manipulation is about 2-3 inches rearward of a normal bolt gun, It feels very natural and you don’t loose your cheek weld during operation. Your technique changes slightly but it is very accommodating. If you shoot the SRS left handed then you have to roll your head over slightly to manipulate the bolt.

We won’t be making a lefty, at least not for a while, sorry.

.338 LM with 26″ barrel+muzzlebrake next to an M4

Some more photos (rifle chambered in .338 LM)


Shot Show Prices will be (Tentative):
SRS 338LM $3585 (26″ fluted barrel includes DTA muzzlebrake)
SRS 300WIN $3450 (26″ fluted barrel no brake)
SRS 243WIN $3275 (24″ fluted barrel)
SRS 308WIN $3275 (22″ fluted barrel)

Conversion kits (includes bolt, barrel, barrel ext, and magazine)
338LM $1480 (includes DTA Muzzlebrake)
300WIN $1265
243WIN $1205 (if you already have a 308win bolt you can deduct $300)
308WIN $1155

Some more photos

Desert Tactical Arms have not website, this information was gathered from googleing (this thread and this thread).

Hopefully an official website will be put online. If you are from Desert Tactical Arms, please email me with your website address.

Steve Johnson
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  • Far Infrared Saunas Far Infrared Saunas on Feb 11, 2011

    The DTA SRS is more or less in the high precision sniper rifle niche. I believe it should never crack, and if so, it would be easily replaced if you contacted service department at DTA. They have always stood behind their products in the past. NO reason they wouldn't replace a cracked stock that did what you said it did... so long as the crack was not from a sure sign of abuse.

    As for fitting the needs of an average hunter. The SRS far exceeds what any "average hunter" would need it for imo. This is a bullpup precision sniper rifle. NOT an "average hunter" rifle for some deer or elk hunter. The .338lm was built specifically AS a sniper caliber. What sort of needs in the 1k+ niche does an average hunter find himself needing a 1k+ gun other then a H.O.G.? I hunt elk, deer, antelope, javelina, etc. etc. etc... and have always found my 200 yard rifle sufficient for any spot and stalk hunting I've done.

    Furthermore... my .300WM has never let me down for elk and antelope beyond the 200 yard range where I simply don't feel like stalking closer to them. An 800 yard shot is very easy with .300WM, and comfortably done even on an elk hunt. So once again at the risk of redundancy... .338lm DTA SRS is quite more then enough gun that I'm sure the "average hunter" would or even COULD imagine needing such a precision type bullpup configuration sniper rifle for.

    It would just be all kinds of cool though to be seen in your camp toting one around though eh? I could just imagine some local hunter gazing upon one and what he would come up with for the thought of the day or what sort of things he would comment on lol!

  • Devang Devang on Jul 31, 2011

    Regarding the concerns working the bolt; the palm of the right hand should face your head and slap yourself under your eye. I learned this from a page about the DSR-1.