Daniel Defense AR15 Lite Rail II

Daniel Defense has a new lightweight rail for the AR platform called the AR14 Lite Rail II. It is retailing from $339 – $399 depending on the size. The press release is below …

Daniel Defense, Inc. has unveiled the latest advancement in rail systems for the AR15 platform.  The AR15 Lite Rail II™ is the next generation of Lite Rail from Daniel Defense.  With thousands of the Lite Rail Series already in existence, this proven handguard just got better.

The improved design enhances the rail’s structural integrity, improves functionality, aesthetics and ease of installation to the weapon system without compromising its best-known attributes, one of which being the lightest rail system on the market.  Enhanced features include a machined from one piece aluminum rail which replaces our previous two piece welded design, our patented Bolt-Up System™, requiring only 4 bolts instead of 6, with tabs that aid in alignment to the upper receiver during installation.  Front and Rear Sling Swivel Attachment Points are integrated into both the left and right side rails and are designed to limit the swivel’s rotation.

“Once we develop and deploy a new product, we begin discussing how we can make an already superior product even better,” says Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense.  “The AR15 Lite Rail II is the product of innovative thought and a very talented team of engineers.  In the end, we made it even Lighter, Stronger, Better…”

The AR15 Lite Rail II is available in multiple lengths and variations, including: AR15 Lite Rail II 7.0, 9.0, 9.5 FSP, 10.0, 12.0, 12.0 FSP, 12.0 FSPM and 14.0.  While most options are available now, the AR15 Lite Rail II 12.0 FSPM and 14.0 will be available in Q1, 2014.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Sabre

    Typo in the 1st sentence: “AR14”

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It’s new 😉

    • AK™

      Oooh..does it have the shoulder thing that goes up?

  • RocketScientist

    I love this site/blog so please just take this as loving constructive criticism: its kinda lame to just throw up a press release/ad copy for a new product, with literally one sentence of introductory text. Throw in some personal opinions, background on the company, personal experience, etc. Again, i am a big fan of this site in general, and like learning about new products through posts like this, but wish sometimes there was a little more insight beyond “heres what Company X has to say about their new product, Device Y”.

  • ithejury

    Looks a lot like the Centurion C4.

  • Suburban

    YHM Lightweight handguard is wider, and doesn’t come with sling mounts, but is almost 1/3 the price of the DD Lite.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      I agree. The slight additional width of the YHM, as well as most other competing mounts, shouldn’t be an issue unless the user has very small hands. As for integral sling mounts, there are pros and cons ( like anything else ). Having a detachable sling swivel so close to the handguard has the potential to generate more noise when on the move since the swivel can come into contact with the rail more easily. If you have to mount a separate sling swivel attachment to the Picatinny rail ( as on the YHM ), it might actually prove a tactical advantage since there is more stand-off distance that will minimize clatter when on the move, even if there is a small trade-off involving how it sticks out a bit more. Modular Picatinny swivel mounts such as the FAB Defense PSA and Blackhawk 99477 Rail Mount Sling Adaptor provide this ability, and also have the added advantage that if the end user wants to entirely eliminate the possibility of any clatter whatsoever, he / she can remove the push-button swivel itself and use a sling loop directly on the swivel base mount.

      • Gary Patterson

        grabbed one to mount on my home build that started with 80% lower and fully machined upper from http://gunpartsplus.com and it has a good feel .

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          I’m assuming that you are referring specifically to the YHM Quad Rail — please correct me immediately if I am wrong. If so, I’m really glad it worked out for you, and at a reasonable price point. As an old friend of mine used to say, “Cool beans, man! :).

          Best of everything with your build. I hope it turns out to be what you have always imagined it to be!

        • gunslinger

          Advertise much?