SHOT Show 2020: MDT Debuts New Stock, Bipods, and Grip
Precision rifle fans have a lot to be excited about in 2020. Everywhere we looked at SHOT Show, companies had new and interesting bolt gun products on display. MDT was no exception, with new stocks, bipods, and other accessories all debuting this year.
MDT’s XRS stock is a crossover between a traditional rifle stock and a chassis system. It attaches to Remington 700 series rifles (others to come) via an aluminum core with V-block bedding. The fore-end sports an ARCA mount underneath as well as MLOK points on all sides (minus the top). At the rear of the stock, comb and length of pull (LOP) adjustments are available. As a bonus, the XRS ships with two grip inserts – one that offers a more traditional feel and another that straightens the grip to roughly perpendicular with the bore line. As expected from a chassis or stock like this, the XRS is compatible with AICS magazines.
Two bipod offerings stood out in MDT’s booth. The first was their triple-pull CKYE-POD. With three extension segments, the triple-pull bipod offers tons of flexibility. If you frequently shoot on awkward or uneven surfaces, this model’s wide range of adjustment is appealing. And, of course, the legs extend to some pretty ridiculous lengths.
The second bipod shown was MDT’s rugged single-pull CKYE-POD. At roughly half the price of the triple-pull model ($549 vs $999), the single-pull version offers most of the same features as its larger brother, except the extreme length. The same aggressive feet and range of mounting options (Picatinny, ARCA, RRS) carry over from the triple-pull model.
Sometimes, a scope isn’t the only thing that needs to go on top of a rifle. Red dots for close-in work or rangefinders for things further out often compete with the primary optic for rail space. MDT now offers an add-on rail that attaches to the top of their new scope rings. The rail is somewhat unique in that it isn’t integrated with the top half of the ring itself. Rather, it is bolted on to the top of the ring, which should help to avoid significant changes in zero when adding or removing the rail.
Finally, MDT showed off a new pistol grip for AR-15s and chassis with AR-style grip mounting. The 90-degree, rubberized grip effectively combines the texture of the company’s legacy pistol grip with the angle of their existing vertical grip.
An information security professional by day and gun blogger by night, Nathan started his firearms journey at 16 years old as a collector of C&R rifles. These days, you’re likely to find him shooting something a bit more modern – and usually equipped with a suppressor – but his passion for firearms with military heritage has never waned. Over the last five years, Nathan has written about a variety of firearms topics, including Second Amendment politics and gun and gear reviews. When he isn’t shooting or writing, Nathan nerds out over computers, 3D printing, and Star Wars.