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Desert Tech HTI: American anti-material sniper rifle

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Currently, the American company Desert, located in Utah, is one of the few small firms from the United States that are actively trying to work in the European market. In 2016, at an exhibition in Nuremberg, the company demonstrated the Desert Tech HTI, an unusually lightweight for its class and elegant anti-material rifle. Currently, this large-caliber sniper rifle production armory Desert Tech (formerly Desert Tactical Arms, DTA) from the homeland of the famous John Browning is, if not the most compact, then one of the smallest of all large-caliber sniper rifles in the world.


Today, almost all large-caliber sniper rifles are a modern rethinking of anti-tank guns during the Second World War. In this case, all large-caliber rifles are anti-material. Already in this definition of them and laid down their main purpose. Such rifles are excellent for defeating conventional and lightly armored enemy wheeled and tracked vehicles, disabling reconnaissance, control and communications equipment (for example, radar antennas) of the enemy, destruction of airplanes and helicopters at airfields, destruction of protected firing points (firing on embrasures and DOTO viewing instruments). Just one shot of such a rifle can inflict tangible financial and material losses on the enemy.

Naturally, this type of weapon can be used to defeat the enemy’s manpower, but this is not a specialized option for using this weapon. If the sight of the arrow of such a rifle is an enemy, then most likely it is an enemy sniper. All large-caliber rifles are often used precisely as anti-sniper weapons. They significantly surpass ordinary sniper rifles in effective firing range, as well as bullet energy, which is reflected in their field of use in combat conditions.



Such a weapon is distinguished by its large dimensions, mass and recoil. Therefore, gunsmith designers around the world are trying to reduce these parameters as much as they can, while retaining all the combat characteristics of rifles. The Desert Tech HTI large-caliber rifle is one of the few rifles, and indeed, weapon models that combine light alloys and polymers, but to the extent that the weapon does not lose its fighting qualities and remains easy to handle. The basis of its design is the bearing aluminum tire, on which the polymer bed and the steel receiver are mounted. Naturally, the American designers sought to reduce the mass and reduce the size of their offspring, but approached the solution of this problem without fanaticism, within reasonable limits. In this case, the rifle compares favorably with the common models of the company Barrett price. Low cost was achieved due to a significant simplification of the process in the production of the main elements of an anti-material rifle, which do not require special attention. In this case, the barrel of the weapon is made with special care, and tolerances in its production are minimal.

This sample of firearms was first shown by Desert Tech from Salt Lake City still 1 in May 2012 of the year as a modular anti-material sniper rifle, made in the bullpup layout, while the rifle was also available to customers in the civilian market, for example, shooters athletes. The Desert Tech HTI (Hard Target Interdiction) large-caliber rifle is a further development of another SRS / PSR (Stealth Recon Scout / Precision Sniper Rifle) sniper rifle, which was developed even 2008 year under the apparent influence of the German-made DSR-1 sniper rifle. SRS / PSR rifles were made in several different calibers from .243 Win to .338 Lapua Magnum.

A gun company from Utah, this weapon is positioned as a more compact and lightweight alternative to the large-caliber Barrett M107 rifle, which can be used even in the most extreme climatic conditions and hit targets at ultra-long distances. In particular, when it appeared in the Western media that an Australian sniper in Afghanistan hit the Taliban militant at record 3079 yards (2815 meters), the comparative shooting at the same state desert Utah. Desert tests have demonstrated that the Desert Tech HTI rifle is able to confidently hit targets with a height of 4-6 feet (a tall figure) at a specified distance.



Despite the fact that the name of the American company Desert Tech, which was founded only in 2007, is known today mostly to specialists, rifles of this company are quite common. In particular, the SRS sniper rifle is used by the US military (including in Afghanistan), as well as by the American SWAT police special forces, it is in service with the security forces of other countries. According to representatives of the company Desert Tech, the monthly release of this sniper rifle is approximately 250 units.

The DTA HTI anti-material sniper rifle is made in a bullpup layout, which significantly reduces its length, and also positively affects the accuracy of fire. It is worth noting that this scheme is quite popular for large-caliber rifles. For example, in Russia, the 12,7-mm KSVK and ASVK rifles (large-caliber army sniper rifle, adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in 2013) were made in the same layout. The American Desert Tech HTI rifle is a non-automatic magazine rifle with a sliding bolt lock. Due to the bullpup layout, it is significantly shorter (1162 mm versus 1448 mm) and lighter (9 kg versus 14 kg) of the standard large-caliber rifle of the US Army Barrett M107. It is currently one of the lightest and most compact in its class. This was achieved, in particular, through the use of modern lightweight structural materials, which include aviation aluminum alloys (7075-T6), high impact polymers, and high strength steels. The monolithic receiver of the rifle was made in the form of a full-size chassis, which does not require the use of a special interface for landing the barrel in the box. The heavy barrel of a large-caliber rifle has longitudinal lobes, which are designed both to significantly reduce the weight of the barrel, and for better heat transfer. The barrel is equipped with a massive four-chamber muzzle brake type DT QD, which is mounted on the M25x1.5 6G thread and equipped with a special sleeve for protecting the thread.

The HTI anti-material rifle is equipped with quick-change barrels. Also in addition to the weapon, in addition to a set of barrels, there are also shutters for different calibers, which makes the weapon modular. On the Desert Tech website, it is available with four different barrels, in four different calibers from 9,5 to 12,7 mm. All rifle barrels are staffed with a powerful muzzle brake. Naturally, with the 12,7 mm caliber (.50 BMG), using a rifle for silent shooting devices is difficult, but a barrel with a thread for a silent shooting device can be made to order. However, in such cases, most often with the weapon use special subsonic cartridges of caliber .50, and the effectiveness of the rifle with them is significantly reduced. The barrels in the weapon are quick-changeable; they do not require any additional tools from the shooter for the replacement procedure. Replacing the barrel can be done in just one or two minutes. This, of course, is not a record figure, but, according to experts, quite impressive.



The HTI large-bore rifle has a manual reload with a longitudinally sliding bolt that locks the barrel into three lugs. The trigger used on the rifle can be adjusted by pressing force on the trigger in the range of 0,5 kg to 3 kg. An interesting solution seems to be the management of a weapon safety device The fuse is controlled by moving the wheel, which is located above the trigger. This allows the shooter to both put the weapon on the fuse and remove it from it, even without being distracted from the telescopic sight. Despite the fact that the fuse control element was placed on both sides of the weapon, the rifle is not adapted for firing from the left shoulder. The left-handed shooter will be forced to reload a lot of extra movements when reloading the weapon, which may declassify his position. However, when firing anti-material rifles, you can determine the approximate position of the shooter after one or two shots.

The Desert Tech HTI rifle is powered by cartridges from specially designed box magazines designed for it, designed for 5 cartridges. The latch of the store allows you to change the store with one hand, so that at the time of the execution of this operation sniper manufacturing does not change. The design feature of the store of this American rifle is the presence of a stop for the liner shoulder, which prevents the bullet tip from hitting the front wall of the magazine due to strong recoil when fired. In stores that do not have such a device, the bullet head can be deformed during a collision, which adversely affects the accuracy of shooting. In addition, large-caliber sniper rifle is equipped with an adjustable cheek, butt pad as well as an additional rear support. In fact, a soft rubber butt pad to soften the recoil of the shot and the extra leg-support under the butt became mandatory elements for all modern anti-material rifles.

The rifle is provided immediately 14 points for attaching a gun belt, which allows you to optimally balance the weapon when it is being carried. The long Picatinny rail MIL-STD-1913 allows you to mount various aiming devices on the rifle, including thermal imaging and night vision. In this case, the open sights on this rifle are missing. Additional guides are also placed on the rifle's shank, around the barrel, which allow a wide range of various accessories to be used with the rifle.



The rifle comes with two magazines and an instruction manual. In addition to the 12,7 mm (.50 BMG) caliber, it is also available in .375Cheytac (9,5 mm), .408Cheytac (10,3 mm) and .416 Barrett (10,5 mm) calibers. Thanks to the implementation of the modular design, the rifle can be easily and quickly converted to any of the calibers. This operation will not take a lot of time from the shooter, but will require the acquisition of the HTI DT Conversion Kit in addition to the rifle.

According to representatives of the American company Desert Tech, the HTI rifle has already been acquired by a number of states, in particular, it was purchased in Ukraine. This information was confirmed in October 2015 by Igor Ignatiev, director of Tactical Systems LLC, which is the Ukrainian partner of Desert Tech. The details of the contract are not fully disclosed, but it is known that the first rifles of this model in 2015, have already entered service with snipers of the SBU and the National Guard. In the same year, the US State Department approved a license to export ammunition for large-caliber sniper rifles to Ukraine, including .50 BMG.

Information sources:
https://www.all4shooters.com/ru/strelba/ruzhya/Desert-Tech-HTI-antimaterialnaya-snayperskaya-vintovka
http://armyman.info/vintovki/10107-snayperskaya-vintovka-dta-hti.html
http://weaponland.ru/load/snajperskaja_vintovka_hti/90-1-0-492
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  1. papik09
    papik09 April 7 2016 06: 46
    +2
    "... the HTI rifle has already been purchased by a number of states, in particular, it was bought in Ukraine..."
    And they cry that there is no money in the budget ... am They would only have it if the war did not stop, so it’s more convenient to steal, like, unnoticed ...
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  3. Kronos07
    Kronos07 April 7 2016 06: 53
    +3
    DESERT TACTICAL HTI .50BMG
    1. inkass_98
      inkass_98 April 7 2016 07: 32
      +20
      From the comments to the video - the moment similar to this caused the greatest interest among the viewers of the video laughing :
      1. Kronos07
        Kronos07 April 7 2016 11: 32
        +5
        ...........
        1. Kronos07
          Kronos07 April 7 2016 20: 11
          0
          ..........
      2. Taoist
        Taoist April 7 2016 17: 51
        +2
        You can immediately see how and where the moment of bestowal is transmitted ... Very convenient and clear ... bully
    2. SLAVA
      SLAVA April 7 2016 12: 53
      -4
      What a nasty language !!!! winked
      1. Anglorussian
        Anglorussian April 7 2016 15: 34
        +4
        Learn it first ..
        1. mirag2
          mirag2 April 7 2016 17: 27
          +2
          Do you want to listen about Lobaev’s rifles ?:
          1. Alexey RA
            Alexey RA April 7 2016 19: 21
            +1
            Quote: mirag2
            Do you want to listen about Lobaev’s rifles ?:

            I hope this time Lobaev does not step on the rake with a drop in quality in mass production.

            And then the last time he was making piece goods - everything was fine. As soon as the series went ... on the Hansa, the people complained about the tracks from the file on the details.
          2. gladcu2
            gladcu2 April 7 2016 20: 36
            +1
            mirag

            Not a nice type, to the left of the goblin. Question answers the question.

            The holiness of the "goblin" is off scale. I would just have gone to the left on the ear, in the fifth minute.

            So-so, as always, fingers fan. Ours, that's all.
            Apparently the emirates did not like it. Something is not right. They returned and whined, asking for an army order.

            Yes, holy man Dmitry Yuryevich. Well, it’s not true that a single person is alive. Advertising feeds and watered.
            1. Alexey RA
              Alexey RA April 8 2016 10: 25
              +1
              Quote: gladcu2
              Not a nice type, to the left of the goblin. Question answers the question.

              Does this comment have anti-Semitism? laughing
              Quote: gladcu2
              So-so, as always, fingers fan. Ours, that's all.
              Apparently the emirates did not like it. Something is not right. They returned and whined, asking for an army order.

              The problem is that while Lobaev rushed back and forth, ORSIS appeared in the Russian Federation.
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  4. alex-cn
    alex-cn April 7 2016 07: 42
    -2
    changed the barrel, changed the cartridge - change or shoot the optics again. Not too much happiness - then?
    1. Kalmar
      Kalmar April 7 2016 09: 07
      +7
      Quote: alex-cn
      changed the barrel, changed the cartridge - change or shoot the optics again. Not too much happiness - then?

      I suppose we are not talking about changing the barrel "in the field": the shooter is unlikely to want to drag several barrels (he is not each one - not a fluff) and several ammunition.

      But on the eve of the next task to put the desired trunk (depending on the intended purpose) - this is already quite convenient. And you can shoot in advance, without rushing anywhere.
      1. alex-cn
        alex-cn April 7 2016 09: 19
        +1
        And not even in the field - this is nonsense, good optics are sometimes more expensive than a rifle.
        There is one more non-obvious "but". Each rifle has its own "temper" and a good sniper deals with it ... the result is a "two-unit organism" and replacing the rifle will simply turn him into a very good shooter ....
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar April 7 2016 09: 36
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          Quote: alex-cn
          And not even in the field - this is nonsense, good optics are sometimes more expensive than a rifle.

          So nobody changes it, only the barrel, the bolt and the store. Judging by the above calibers, all barrel options are designed for long-range shooting, so the scope can be used the same.
          1. alex-cn
            alex-cn April 7 2016 09: 42
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            Digitization of the sight for each of the proposed calibers is its own. Firing at 1000 meters 50 bmg at 375 meters, with shooting for XNUMX, unless you can get into the barn. Compare ballistics.
            1. Kalmar
              Kalmar April 7 2016 10: 06
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              Quote: alex-cn
              Digitization of a sight for each caliber from the offered - own

              Really? I looked at the spec at Tangent Theta (http://www.tangenttheta.com/Model-TT525P-Specifications), which seems to be highlighted in the photo: not a word about calibers. However, I am an ignoramus in this thread)
      2. avt
        avt April 7 2016 09: 50
        +2
        Quote: Kalmar
        But on the eve of the next task to put the desired trunk (depending on the intended purpose) - this is already quite convenient. And you can shoot in advance, without rushing anywhere.

        Then I saw a new target for a new caliber and since
        Quote: Kalmar
        it is unlikely that the shooter will want to drag a few barrels (he is not a feather) and several ammunition.

        He repulsed the telegram so that under it by mail with express delivery they drove a new barrel and cartridges to it. wassat
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar April 7 2016 10: 08
          +2
          Quote: avt
          Then I saw a new target for a new caliber

          Like, he went on a mission to "click the mujahideen," and then suddenly a tank crawls out, which there is no one but this unfortunate sniper to bang? It will no longer be a sniper, but a man-army, so that you can drag an arsenal from a small car (you never know a light bulb in an entrance must be knocked down from 50m) to an anti-tank gun :)
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      3. gladcu2
        gladcu2 April 7 2016 20: 44
        +1
        Kalmar

        And what's the point of changing trunks?

        Is that a machine gun?
        Or am I understanding something?
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar April 7 2016 22: 34
          +2
          Quote: gladcu2
          And what's the point of changing trunks?

          So after all, adapt the rifle for a specific task. If a sniper is sent in, say, with the aim of breaking an enemy radar, he puts the barrel under .50 caliber. If the task is to work on manpower, then, say, the same 338th. In this case, in each case, the sniper deals with a familiar rifle: the butt, stock, trigger and other things are adjusted "for themselves", only the barrel changes (well, with a bolt, essno).
          1. Dam
            Dam April 8 2016 00: 10
            0
            And as correctly noted above, optics shoots again
  5. avt
    avt April 7 2016 09: 20
    +4
    The rifle comes with two magazines and an instruction manual. In addition to the 12,7 mm (.50 BMG) caliber, it is also available in .375Cheytac (9,5 mm), .408Cheytac (10,3 mm) and .416 Barrett (10,5 mm) calibers. Thanks to the implementation of the modular design, the rifle can be easily and quickly converted to any of the calibers. This operation will not take a lot of time from the shooter, but will require the acquisition of the HTI DT Conversion Kit in addition to the rifle.
    The notorious modularity is already reaching senility. That's what ? Will they go to the field with three sets of barrels and cartridges for them? And if with one, then call for technical assistance to replace the barrel on the position? Not, of course, computer shooters / shooters will immediately rejoice at the device, well, it's really easy because I clicked the mouse and ran to the vertical. wassat Only now I would suggest that I first take all my computer three-mind in the apartment in my hands and at first take it from the first to the twelfth floor a couple of times back and forth for a while. Well, the barrel is beautiful, but I like the "Exhaust" pretty ..... and the ass is
    Quote: inkass_98
    inkass_98 (3)
    laid out - good, I would cover on top of the artillery strike and in general ... to disguise bully
    1. alex-cn
      alex-cn April 7 2016 10: 28
      0
      about collection
      In no case should you mask, but take away the rifle and make it as visible as possible. Fold your arms and wait for the mass surrender of the enemy ... love
      1. avt
        avt April 7 2016 10: 47
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        Quote: alex-cn
        Never mask

        Nooooo! I’m old-fashioned, not sharing this topic with anyone. laughing
      2. gladcu2
        gladcu2 April 7 2016 20: 46
        0
        alex-cn

        Pick up the rifle and give her a machine gun. And do not let anyone in until the tape finishes.
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh April 7 2016 10: 52
      +4
      "Will they go to the field with three sets of barrels and cartridges for them?" ////

      A sniper of this level goes "on business" with an assistant (or two) who
      carries binoculars, sights, a walkie-talkie, cartridges, rations, etc. And a removable barrel
      may well carry.
      As the 2nd machine gunner number - always carries a spare barrel.
      1. bunta
        bunta April 7 2016 20: 18
        +1
        Quote: voyaka uh
        a niper of this level goes to work with an assistant (or two) who
        carries binoculars, sights, a walkie-talkie, cartridges, rations, etc. And a removable barrel
        may well carry.


        The donkey will cope with this.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 10 2016 12: 31
          0
          Ishak is a miracle porter, but he does not know how to shoot. And the sniper assistants protect
          him at close range (at which his gun is useless)
          with your personal weapons.
  6. 31rus2
    31rus2 April 7 2016 10: 29
    +1
    Dear, I do not agree with the author’s claim that all rifles are created on the so-called principle of anti-tank guns, progress in this area shows that this is already a separate high-tech weapon class, then a new range record is already 3580 m, which once again proves perfection there is no limit, the rifle itself is certainly good, but it seems to me that it is still inferior to Barrett in terms of reliability in the field, albeit heavier
  7. ovod84
    ovod84 April 7 2016 13: 29
    +1
    Yes, a good rifle, so from such a rifle a woman can bang or at worst Yarosh along with Parasha
  8. serverny
    serverny April 7 2016 13: 51
    +2
    Still, marketing is a great thing - "a sniper rifle is not accurate enough to hit a tall figure from 2 km? It doesn't matter, we'll come up with a new name" anti-material "and say that you should shoot from it strictly according to the technique."

    The main US rifle market is civilian, almost no one shoots at 2 km - so the main design is more robust and invest in advertising :)
  9. Free wind
    Free wind April 7 2016 15: 04
    -1
    Great stuff! With a removable barrel, it is with one removable 2-kilogram barrel to go to the sniper group is not a problem. Nobody will walk with a bag of trunks, and this is in any case better than carrying a cart with interchangeable rifles smile . Most likely the main caliber will be 9 mm, and interchangeable, in case of an ass there will be 12,7 mm and 10 pieces of ammunition for it, since a shot of this caliber cannot be hidden. And of course, any adequate sniper will check his weapons with all the barrels, lead him to a normal battle with the main caliber, and of course pay attention to the behavior of the rifle when changing trunks. If something does not suit him, he simply throws out this weapon. But about modularity, then we have one rifle, which I know as myself, which has become a continuation of me and I just change the barrel and not the weapon with which you need to become related if you want to stay alive. Do you know why we will not have hunting tourism? Few hunters will go hunting with someone else's gun, albeit a broken-up berdanka, but their own, which I know and love. And we have prohibited the import of weapons by private individuals. Therefore, foreign hunters do not go to us.
    1. Anglorussian
      Anglorussian April 7 2016 15: 38
      0
      The absence of hunting tourism is not a minus at all - do you know how tourists relate to the nature of the countries where they go?
  10. Deck
    Deck April 7 2016 17: 29
    +2
    From my own experience I know that of course it is not necessary to rearrange any trigger with a "shop receiver". Unscrew - tighten four screws and replace the shutter - ten minutes. Shoot "zero", with experience and with smoke breaks for thirty minutes. And hardly anyone will do it in combat conditions.
  11. Deck
    Deck April 7 2016 19: 40
    0
    It's simple: the company manufactures stores with spacers and different trays to prevent sticking. With a small difference in the length of the cartridge, this is not scary. There is an inconvenience with an excessive shutter speed, for example, on a .408CT, but with such calibers and a bullpup layout, this will not affect the recharge speed much.
  12. Deck
    Deck April 7 2016 21: 01
    +1
    I know, because in front of me is AI AX with 243Win and 7RSAUM trunks. And before her there were a few rifles with interchangeable barrels. What a theory!
    Yes, in the photo is the right cartridge 338LM. And the four offered cartridges are assembled on the basis of two sleeves .50BMG and 408CT. The difference in the length of the finished cartridges is less than 30mm
  13. gcn
    gcn April 8 2016 22: 21
    0
    When in the instructions on the SVD they write the maximumprincipal range of 1100m, it means there were people who fell at such distances and more than once received the state. The bolts were certainly more accurate and more long-range, but the target was always motionless due to the distances.
  14. ASALA
    ASALA April 10 2016 19: 25
    0
    Good sniper rifle, you have to try ..)