At the end of January, Desert Tech announced the conversion kit for their MDRX and MDR bullpup, now we have more details. The kit has an 11.5 inch .223 Wylde barrel and is side eject. The Micron conversion kit gives the weapon an overall length of 23.43 inches and includes a new Micron Fore Grip, a new barrel and depending on the configuration of your MDRX/MDR, various other parts needed to convert the rifle.
The Micron conversion kit makes the MDRX family of rifles more compact and maneuverable taking it into personal defense weapon (PDW) territory.
Here’s what Desert Tech have to say about the Micron:
The MDRX Micron is designed for consumers searching for the ultimate concealable personal defense weapon. The Micron conversion kit quickly converts your MDRX rifle into the shortest rifle in the world with an 11.5” barrel. The 23.43” MDRX Micron offers superior ballistics when compared to traditional 5.56 SBR rifles with similar overall length. The Micron’s incredible versatility in close quarter situations makes it the perfect weapon for personal defense because it can go where you go.
About the Micron’s handguard/forend:
The Micron hand guard was designed to be compatible, stable, and comfortable. The M-Lok slots at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions allow accessories to be mounted. The angled grip and barricade stop allows maximum comfort and control to operators.
Here’s a break down of the various kits for Desert Tech’s various MDR/MDRX:
Micron converted rifle specs:
- Barrel Length11.5”
- Rifle Height7.98”
- Rifle Weight7.35 lbs
- Rifle Width3.17”
- Available Calibers5.56/.223 Wylde
- Rifle Length23.43”
- Barrel Twist1:7
- Reload Speed1.3 sec
- Trigger Weight4.5 – 6.0 lbs
- ActionSemi Auto
The MSRPs range from $589.00 to $1,142.19 depending on the kit. Desert Tech shared a blog post going in-depth on the logic behind the Micron kit, check that out here. Find out more on the kit here.
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