One of the main questions I get asked here at Desert Tech is “How did you go about starting Desert Tech, and why did you decide to do it?”. Because this is such a common question, I thought it would be a good idea to make a video explaining what got me to where I am today, as the CEO of Desert Tech.


Developing a Skill Set

When my father died, all those years ago, it changed my life a lot. It was at that time that I decided that I wanted to do more than just have a good job and a good income; I wanted to take the talents that I had and build something special. I wanted to create a product that could change the world and really benefit everybody.

With this desire in mind, I sat down and listed out all of the things that I was good at, as well as my accomplishments. At the time I had a Bachelors in Accounting and a Bachelors in Finance, while pursuing an MBA that I finished a year or so later. I had all these business degrees, but one thing that I had as a personal talent was being a really big firearms enthusiast. I knew everything there was to know about the guns that really interested me.

As a kid my uncles had class 3 suppressors and machine guns. They would take me out and let me shoot all of the fun guns. This caused me to have a real strong interest in firearms. As things progressed I became kind of a self-taught gunsmith. I was able to repair pretty much anything that had a problem, figuring it out mechanically.

An Idea Becomes Reality

Now that I had developed this knowledge of firearms, I began asking myself:

“What if I created rifles that were smaller, more compact, and more modular than any other rifles on the market?”

I used to hunt a lot with traditional precision rifles. They’re heavy and long, making it difficult to carry them. Every time I was out in the woods I would realize there’s an easier way to do this. I began creating a business plan, and it took me about 6 months to create. I began drawing up concepts of this new precision rifle design as a bullpup system. Once I had a business strategy all created, I took the idea to some family members. To my surprise they thought it was a good idea, providing me with the investment capital to create the first four prototype rifles using this design. 

The next 6 months were spent pushing forward in the following areas:

  • Learning 3D modeling software, such as Solidworks
  • Working back and forth with manufacturers to determine what I can and cannot make
  • Modifying the design to make it more affordable to produce


About a year later I had the 4 prototype rifles created, and I took them to Shot Show, I got a little 10×10 booth out in Vegas. Even though we were in the back corner, the industry was really excited, because we’d actually had a proof of concept. There was a very good reception at Shot Show! We started taking orders from people, but we didn’t have a shop or a factory to produce the rifles at the time, because we were still in the proof of concept phase. Some of our original investors came to Shot Show, and saw how excited everyone was about the prototypes.

Production Begins

When we all returned from the Shot Show, a serious investment meeting was held to determine what’s next. Because of the orders that were received at the show, it was clear that this was a viable product, It was at this time that the investors gave us enough investment to bring a shop up, purchase the production equipment, and hire the staff needed to produce the rifles.

The hiring process was quite interesting. I remember sitting in this giant empty warehouse, interviewing people for the position of production manager. They would look at me like I was crazy! I realized the environment wasn’t helping the interviewing process, so I moved the interviews location to the company I was working at during this time. After the switch we ended up hiring a gentleman that helped get us up and running, One year later we had production SRS rifles comping off the line and shipping!



The process was a lot harder than I ever thought it would be, but also a lot more rewarding than I ever thought it would be. That’s the short story of The Origin of Desert Tech.

-Nick Young

1 Comment

  1. December 20, 2019, 1:53 pm   / 

    As a long time SRS owner and fan of the brand it was fun to begin carrying your guys products in our shop this year. I had never heard this story, you should be proud of all you guys have done.

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