New AR-15 Rifles from Del-Ton

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Delton has announced their new AR-15 rifles for 2013.

The DTI Evolution is a sporting/3-gun rifle that features …

  • 16” CMV chrome-lined, mid-length lightweight barrel and gas system; 1X9 twist
  • HPT/MPI tested Carpenter 158 bolt
  • Samson Evolution 12.37” free float rail
  • M4 feed ramps
  • Samson Quick Flip Dual Aperture rear sight; Samson folding front sight
  • Two-stage, Mil-Spec trigger; Magpul MOE+ grip
  • Magpul CTR Mil-Spec buttstock; Mil-Spec buffer tube; H-buffer
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs

The MSRP will be $1300 and will begin shipping first quarter 2013.

The DT Sport OR is a lightweight sporter featuring …

  • 16” barrel; 4140 steel; 1X9 twist
  • Phosphated under low pro gas block; lightweight profile
  • Tested Carpenter 158 bolt
  • A3 Flat top with white “T” marks
  • Lower receiver is Mil-Spec forged 7075 T6 aluminum; hard coat anodized
  • M4, 6-position buttstock
  • Weight: 5.6 lbs

The MSRP is $699 and it is shipping now.

The heavy barrel Echo 316H OR features …

  • 16” chrome moly vanadium barrel; 1X9 twist
  • Phosphated under single rail gas block; heavy profile; M4 feed ramps
  • HPT/MPI tested Carpenter 158 bolt
  • M4 feed ramps
  • A3 flat top with white “T” marks
  • Lower receiver is hard coat anodized, Mil-Spec, forged 7075 T6 aluminum
  • M4 6-position buttstock; Mil-Spec buffer tube; H-Buffer
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs

The MSRP is $864, shipping date is not confirmed.

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  • Tyler Marcoz

    I must say, I wish Del-Ton offered more 1×7 twists in their kits… which is about the only negative thing I have to say about them.

    • Other Steve

      There is plenty bad to say about DelTon without mentioning their barrels. You’re selling a bottom teir product when DPMS is a step up.

    • Bill

      Yeah, my interest in Delton ceased when they quit offering 1×7 barrels. I distinctly remember them selling a lightweight 1×7 chrome lined midlength, but they quit offering it. Oh, well. I’ll stick to Spikes tactical.

  • Trev

    How do you have a 2 stage mil spec trigger? Mil spec is 1 stage….

    I smell marketing BS.

  • Reverend Clint

    welcome to 2011

  • bbmg

    Ah, finally, a new AR based rifle!

  • http://www.woodsmonkey.com Tim

    I just wish they’d be available. I have one Del-Ton lower and have been looking for another and at a couple uppers for at least 6 months and they’ve been perpetually out of stock.

  • gunslinger

    no 20 inch barrel?

  • Other Steve

    Sweet, so for reasonable prices you get a couple okay parts. Not mentioning you get a shit barrel, shitty overpassed port size, a shit lower parts kit and trigger, and I suspect lower quality BCG, in other words skimp on the only parts that actually matter.

    At least I’m in before someone says Colt better step up their game because of this. Or some equally stupid comment from someone who thinks ARs are all the same because they look the same.

    • Esh325

      I have no doubt the Delton is probably an inferior rifle, however,I don’t think most people shoot their rifles enough or put them through trying conditions that they would notice the difference between a delton or Colt.

    • W

      i disagree.

      carpender 158 is the same steel used for the much lauded “mil spec” AR bolt and carrier groups.

      • Other Steve

        Ok, so the bolt is made of the same steel. Is it MPI tested? Is it made following the TDP? Is the extractor milspec? Does it use an Oring? Is the bolt velocity / cyclic rate proper for the spring, buffer weight, and gas port size? OR is delton a shit AR maker who overgasses their clone to side on “reliable” without doing any real testing or following colt/mil TDP.

        Oh, or all ARs just the same because the call out 158 steel? Apparently on this site they are.

      • W

        “Ok, so the bolt is made of the same steel. Is it MPI tested? Is it made following the TDP?”

        Did you read the article? try again and get back to me.

        “Is the extractor milspec? Does it use an Oring? Is the bolt velocity / cyclic rate proper for the spring, buffer weight, and gas port size? OR is delton a shit AR maker who overgasses their clone to side on “reliable” without doing any real testing or following colt/mil TDP.”

        * facepalm

        you do realize that only a few companies make components for carbine length ARs right? LOL.

        the extractors are made out of the same steel and they dont need a O-ring (O-rings are optimal, but the military doesnt see a need for them), spring is M4 spec, buffer weight is M4 spec, and gas port M4 spec. Sounds to me like another low cost alternative to having “Colt” stamped on the side.

        for that kind of money, these are good deals for the money.

        “Oh, or all ARs just the same because the call out 158 steel? Apparently on this site they are.”

        apparently you have a problem with reading comprehension and have a limited understanding on “commercial grade AR” versus “military specification AR” steels used for the bolt and bolt carrier group. Try again.

        Fuck, could this rifle be almost as good as a Colt without the Colt price??? I could see why this would piss of a lot of people.

      • W

        you colt purists are fucking hilarious.

        Guess what? your paying for a name with Colt. They are not measurably better than other names out there when used by joe/jane blow.

        you guys sure buy into the marketing hype though.

        “The Gold Standard of AR15′s” LMAO!!!!!

  • http://Facebook Frank Haney

    Will the Alpha 220H, still be offered. I’m old school. and that rifle could be the M-16 sans full auto. Have been all over the web, looking for one, with no luck. have found a few 320′s, I could add a handle. Your price point is great-keep up the good work.

  • Brandon

    Attractive pricing, but you could probably put a rifle together yourself and get a better quality for the same price (or slightly less). I’ve heard good things about Palmetto State Armory stripped lowers and parts kits. Then grab one of their uppers or a used Colt off the AR15.com’s Equipment Exchange.

  • JMD

    Mediocre rifles at mediocre prices. My first AR was a Del-Ton. It was OK.

  • Michael

    $1300, and we’re still rolling with a 1:9 barrel?

    Get real, Del-ton.

    • W

      1300 dollars for a rifle that has the following features:

      -16” CMV chrome-lined, mid-length lightweight barrel and gas system; 1X9 twist
      -HPT/MPI tested Carpenter 158 bolt
      -Samson Evolution 12.37” free float rail
      -M4 feed ramps
      -Samson Quick Flip Dual Aperture rear sight; Samson folding front sight
      -Two-stage, Mil-Spec trigger; Magpul MOE+ grip
      -Magpul CTR Mil-Spec buttstock; Mil-Spec buffer tube; H-buffer
      -Weight: 6.5 lbs”

      Sounds like a BARGAIN to me!

      anything less than 1300 for a rifle that has these features is thievery plain and simple.

      and so what if it has a 1/9 barrel. that twist is highly appropriate for the 55 grain ammunition that is highly popular. With PMC 55gr FMJ-BT, im sure it is astonishing accurate (im going to guess 1 MOA at the very least).

      699 and 864 for a rifle that has a military specification bolt and carrier group is also a very good deal. For those looking for a affordable AR, Del-ton has some very competitive prices here.

      • Michael

        Except for the fact that a Colt 6920, the gold standard of AR’s, is about $400 cheaper and still has a 1:7 twist.

        Not to mention they actually have a quality reputation and are proven. Delton not only has a poor reputation as a bargain bin AR manufacturer who rounds out the bottom tier of AR quality.

        They’re trying to write checks that their reputation and quality can’t cash.

        Re: 1:9 twist, would you rather have a barrel that would be lucky to stabilize bullets higher than 62 grains or a twist ratio that can stabilize from 55 gr to beyond 77 gr?

        1:9 is completely obsolete unless you’re looking to shoot varmint rounds smaller than 55 gr; you sacrifice the ability to stabilize the larger grain bullets and gain nothing in return.

        Delton is just trying to piggyback on to the actual innovation that other companies are making, and yet Delton still cannot even get their copycat right.

        • caLAWdog

          “maybe”that was true a dozen yrs or so ago,but for a fumctiona functional rifle thathas “milspec”parts and performs well off the shelf in many lgs, del ton has colt beat for the avg gun buyer. Deltons don’t magicallyblow up after a few rds, or rust away. What youpay for eith colt is the extra inspection time, which is very good compared to batch testing. However, del ton test fires all their complete rifles and even uppers, so they do inspect the complete weapon. You can get a chrome lined barrel, m16 bcg, proper staked gas key forged 7075 aluminum upper and lower, hecj everything the colt offers for $200 less!( money for ammo or mags or an okay optic like the nikon p223). Stop repeatingthe del ton is crap mess, unless you’ve handle several and they ALL failed! Was at a polive range where the dept switched over from rock riverto colt, one of the NEW colts had a CRACKEDcastle nut!!! Guess colt is “crap” too, huh?

      • W

        “Except for the fact that a Colt 6920, the gold standard of AR’s, is about $400 cheaper and still has a 1:7 twist.”

        in comparison to what? the 1300 dollar model? if this is what you’re talking about, then you are comparing apples to oranges. The Colt 6920 is a basic model of AR15. the 1300 dollar model of delton is not. it has numerous improvements which i have already covered. A colt with equivalent features will cost more than 1300 i can guarantee that.

        “gold standard of AR’s” LOL. that is fucking hubris and you know it. Coincidentally enough, that is the advertising line for that specific model of Colt AR15.

        “Not to mention they actually have a quality reputation and are proven. Delton not only has a poor reputation as a bargain bin AR manufacturer who rounds out the bottom tier of AR quality.”

        which doesnt matter if you are looking for a a AR that is less expensive than a Colt. Most people, like with DPMS or bushmaster, dont shoot their ARs enough to need upper tier quality. As far as Colt quality goes, it is not upper tier either if you think that it is.

        “They’re trying to write checks that their reputation and quality can’t cash.”

        I disagree. Its not like their charging over 1000 for all of their rifles.

        “Re: 1:9 twist, would you rather have a barrel that would be lucky to stabilize bullets higher than 62 grains or a twist ratio that can stabilize from 55 gr to beyond 77 gr?”

        You are mistaking my position. I own only 1/7 barrels on my ARs. But as far as 55 grains goes, 1/9 barrels are most optimal for that grain of bullet, which represents the overwhelming majority of 5.56 bulk ammunition out there. 1/7 is ideal for 62 grain and above, with the standard starting there and not at 55 grains.

        Most AR shooters stick with 55 grain anyways. i know 1/9 goes against the military spec geek standard, but it is nevertheless acceptable.

        “1:9 is completely obsolete unless you’re looking to shoot varmint rounds smaller than 55 gr; you sacrifice the ability to stabilize the larger grain bullets and gain nothing in return.”

        Its 55 grain and below. most 5.56 is 55 grain. refer to point in paragraph above. most shooters buying 55 grain bulk ammunition and varmint cartridges would be at a advantage buying 1/9 twist barrels. For a fighting rifle, i strongly recommend the 1/7.

        “Delton is just trying to piggyback on to the actual innovation that other companies are making, and yet Delton still cannot even get their copycat right.”

        Like every other AR out there according to Colt purists. As long as more decent quality rifles are sold, i could care less about the name.

    • Reverend Clint

      nothing wrong with 1 in 9 except for the tacticool factor

      • Other Steve

        You’ll get plenty of down votes, but you’re right. How many people who scream for 1:7 are actually shooting 75 and 77gr?

        Most people on this site would be lying if they said they shot even 1k of 62gr a year.

        No, 55gr is much more common and works just fine in a 1:9 barrel. Probably better barrel life too.

        For what that’s worth, in 16 I like 1:8 which has been firing 69gr like a champ and only opens slightly with 77gr. However, will not shoot 75gr to save it’s (my) life.

        • pocketdrummer

          Have you found a 16″ 1:8 barrel that isn’t stainless and made by a decent manufacturer?

      • W

        exactly. i can bet a pile of money that among the downvoters there are are least a couple of cheap charlies in the bundle. they most likely buy 1/7 barrels just because they’re milspec but are either too broke or too cheap to spend the money on quality ammunition like Black Hills thats over 62 grains.

        They most likely buy bulk ammunition, which is typically 55 grains. This is hilarious since bulk ammunition that is 55 grains would perform more optimally in a 1 in 9 twist barrel. LOL.

      • Cymond

        Different strokes for different folks. I’ve always lived in places where range hasn’t been an issue. The mountains and forests of WV didn’t leave a lot of opportunities for long shots. The endless urban sprawl of Silicon Valley doesn’t give a lot of long shots, either. Most of my shooting is within 100 yards. Heck, it’s hard to find a range over 100.

        As Michael said, 1:7 is “a twist ratio that can stabilize from 55 gr to beyond 77 gr”. How many people shoot “beyond 77 gr”? 1:8 seems to be a bit more versatile.

        For most people, 55 gr is just fine for practice at the shooting range. Supposedly, 55 gr rounds are a little more accurate in 1:9 than 1:7, and supposedly 1:9 barrels have less wear.

        Yes, a faster twist rate is preferable if the shooter needs heavy match bullets for precision. However, many people don’t treat the AR as a precision rifle. Heavier bullets usually have better terminal performance. Ok, again, many people don’t use their AR carbines for self-defense at extended ranges. In a 1:9 rifle, 77 gr rounds should still deliver sub 6″ groups at 100 yards. Many shooters report 4″ groups at 100 yards with 77 gr in 1:9, but it varies from gun to gun. Ten yards is the longest conceivable shot I can make within my home. I’m fine with sub-1″ accuracy at that range.

      • pocketdrummer

        That’s true. I’m going between this and a DDM4V7. I know DD is well known for their quality, not so much for Del-Ton, but I really would like the option of shooting 55gr instead of 62+gr. I know you CAN shoot 55gr through a 1:7, but it’s not quite a good. I’m pretty sure 1:9 is better for 62gr NATO anyway.

        I’m pretty torn between the two, but I’ll probably go with DD for peace of mind.

  • Lance

    Good ARs but like everything gun related now days way over priced!.

  • John Doe

    Man I’ve been waiting all year for another 5.56/.223 AR-15!

  • http://falnfenix.blogspot.com/ falnfenix

    one piss-poor experience with them was enough to convince me to stay far, far away. ESPECIALLY in an election year.

  • Crockett

    All this talk about specs is very interesting, but regardless of how cheap the product the bottom line is . . . “Know your rifle – kill your target”. God bless all!

  • John Jennings

    Love my Del-ton AR-15 Sport. Saw no reason to pay far more for another make. Still don’t.

  • dubbs

    Fired a Del ton Echo 316 and a Colt LE6920 recently at a local range. Did single shots for accuracy( 50 yds max at this public range) and fired “double taps”( no rapid fire allowed). Honestly, couldn’t see or tell tbe difference, with thr exception of my friends two stage trigger installed on his colt. Both had commercial red dots( bushnells econo trs-25) and both rifles held 1″ pattern. I understand that colt does single rifle inspections whereas del ton does “batch” inspections( so it is possible that a lemon could get through to consumers) but fit and finish appear equal in both guns! I doubt del ton sells cheaper made parts( no pot metal gums like lorcin arms et al) than Colt, but I believe that if you are going to pay a higher price for an AR style rifle, you should pay for the one that has the extra care put in. Colts cost about $1,000+, whereas Del tons are about $750 +. Other that, each company builds to “milspec” in almost all their components.( not going to argue the 1:9 twist barrels vs 1:7 twist rate because neither rifle on the public market is a TRUE “milspec” military M4/M16a4, and much of the “available ammo “out their hovers between 55gr .223 remington to surplus canadian 62 gr 5.56 x45, of which I have 2k rds saved up)