DTA Stealth Recon Scout A1 (SRS-A1)
Bullpup Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
One of the more unique qualities of the DTA SRS-A1 is its bullpup layout - quite unique for a bolt-action sniper rifle.
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In 2008, Desert Tactical Arms (DTA) revealed its "Stealth Recon Scout" sniper rifle in .338 Lapua Magnum chambering. Unlike most other bolt-action sniper rifles, the Stealth Recon Scout makes use of a bullpup configuration which seats the magazine and action behind the pistol grip. This allows a full-length barrel to be used while still presenting an overall shorter length for the weapon. Additionally, the weapon's mass is now concentrated nearer the shooter's shoulder and the oversized shoulder stock does away with a complex adjustable cheekpiece. The Stealth Recon Scout is manufactured through a mix of steel, aluminum and polymer materials and available in standard finishes like flat black, desert tan and forest olive drab.
As a bolt-action rifle, the action is reliant on the user operating the bolt handle which is found along the right side of the frame, aft of the pistol grip section. The safety is within reach of the shooting hand while the magazine release is of a quick-release function which can be managed with the supporting hand (assuming a bipod is supporting the forward weight of the rifle). Feeding is by way of a detachable box magazine, its ammunition count dependent upon chambering (5 rounds with .338 Lapua Magnum, 7 rounds with .243 Winchester, etc...).
Beyond its initial .338 Lapua Magnum chambering, the Stealth Recon Scout now supports various calibers including .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO), .300 Winchester Magnum and .243 Winchester through a quick conversion process.
The finalized product is said to be quite accurate and weighing between 10lb and 12lb depending on model and accessories applied. Picatinny rail sections are seen at the upper receiver and along the handguard for installing optics, aimers, bipods and the like. Various muzzle brakes can be fitted to help retard recoil effects. Additionally, the brake can be removed and a suppressor attached for clandestine work.
To date, the Georgia military has adopted the Stealth Recon Scout system for the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role. These are typically suppressed using locally-produced suppressors.