Daniel Defense 7.62 Release Date Draws Near

There’s been a good deal of anticipation of the release of the new Daniel Defense 7.62. DD is giving us a bit of info at a time so we still don’t know the name of this new 7.62 rifle or the release date. My guess is six weeks but that’s just a guess based on past experience watching new product releases.

Daniel Defense has given us a video sneak peek here. Video preview

Daniel Defense 7.62 Sneak Peek2   YouTube

This information was released today by Daniel Defense:

Daniel Defense 7.62 Release Date Draws Near

Black Creek, GA- July 10, 2015- Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced that it has completed one of its final testing phases of the highly anticipated Daniel Defense 7.62 model.

This is a groundbreaking platform, engineered by using over a decade of expertise from Daniel Defense engineers and designers, that will set a new standard for those demanding the increased range and terminal ballistics the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge offers. One of the final testing phases has been completed which included over 10,000 rounds of live fire.

“The only way to guarantee quality firearms is by doing it right the first time”, said Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “We want to exceed our customer’s expectations and this means we are putting our new 7.62 through the same vigorous testing all of our rifles go through.”

About Daniel Defense

Located in Black Creek, Georgia. Daniel Defense is a leading manufacturer of premium firearms, rail systems, and accessories. Its iconic brand remains unmatched in quality, precision and world-class customer service. President and CEO, Marty Daniel founded Daniel Defense, which created rails and accessories for the AR-15 platform in small batches. Now with two locations and a combined 137,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Daniel Defense continues to make the world’s leading firearms for civilian, law enforcement and military customers.

Daniel Defense Website

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  • egghead

    front sight no rear sight ?

    • jay

      They learned that from the pros in Walking Dead.

      • iksnilol


  • der kommisar

    Probably $2Gs at least. Armalite’s new Tac16 .308 is pretty nice for $1500.

    • Tet

      If its DD, I’ll say in the mid $3000.

      • USMC03Vet

        And that will be the lower model.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I have no idea or care about the price. But I would think 308 popularity in waning because people expect them to be an AR just in a bigger caliber. But they aren’t.

    It’s really an entirely different gun that sort of reminds you of an AR. Especially when people think they are going to be sub-moa precision rifles, plenty of the guns are capable of that, amazingly few shooters I’ve met are. And that including people taking adv precision shooting training. So local red neck who buys this and pops a scope on it, ha, I’m sure on the forums he’s getting 1/4MOA.

    The gassing is another issue. I have yet to see a gun that was gassed entirely as needed and could handle a suppressor without notice me issues in the follow-through of each shot. Including the KAC M110. Excluding the original LaRue OBR but that gun had a trade-off for me of being extremely ammo and equipment sensitive.

    The DPMS GenII seemed like a great idea. Only increase the size/mass of the parts that absolutely had to be. It seems to not be going anywhere though. And when I felt how poorly they were put together, how gritty from factory, I was disappointed. Although they did feel right.

    Maybe DD nailed it, I have no idea. But people walking away from 308 ARs does not surprise me at all.

    • ostiariusalpha

      DPMS is not the greatest company for fit a finish, for sure. Despite that, the Gen II rifles seem to be selling quite well, and whatever grittiness there is on them before break-in doesn’t seem to badly effect the increased reliability features of the new design. It’d be nice if a company with a bit more care for quality would manufacture a slicker Gen II compatible gun. Adam’s Arms is doing one, but I’m not familiar with the quality of their stuff and I’m not really interested in a piston gun.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I haven’t followed it closely but it seems the GenII would be a great way to fix the almost standard-feature over-gassing of the AR10.

        It’s too bad they labeled it DPMS and not Remington Defense 😉

        It just always frustrated me that everyone still thinks it’s a good idea to just scale up EVERY part in used in the AR when making it a 308…. “Oh but Stoner made the AR-10 first”… Yea… Like 60 years ago, I’m sure we’ve learned nothing about metallurgy, stress analysis, and ballistics since then :/

        • ostiariusalpha

          As I understand it, the gun was designed by engineers that had been working at DPMS since before the merger. So, it was their rifle from the beginning. Remington Defense is also putting out their GII models sometime soon, we’ll have to see if they’re really worth the inevitable price increase over the DPMS product. The original ArmaLite & Artillerie Inrichtingen AR-10s handled nothing like the 308 AR rifles of the 1990s & 2000s, the old guns were much lighter and handier. It wasn’t till the GII came along that anything matched, much less surpassed, the qualities that made the original AR-10 such a great weapon.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    That handguard is perfect though.

    I have wondered for years why there were not more handguards that attached like this directly to the upper. If you think about how many barrel but attached systems there are, how many handguard options, and how many people making billet uppers, it’s pretty ridiculous that this system isn’t more common at least inside of a few mfgs. It’s clearly coming since now there is Mega and DD added to this.

    I have wondered since 2007 why anyone was bothering to attach at the barrel nut on custom guns. So they had commonality with the $80 forged upper they weren’t using? Because their $300 billet upper and $300 rail should still be able to bolt to mil spec parts? Made no sense, except for the market commonality, but that’s negligible when you have guns who parts are designed to not work together, and you are still selling every one you can make.

    • Drew Coleman

      Don’t forget Aero Precision’s M4E1/M5E1 uppers. They attach the handguards to the upper as well.

  • tazman66gt

    First picture the guy looks constipated

    • DIR911911 .

      and like someone needs to show him how to hold a rifle

      • Harold

        Can you elaborate on what he is doing wrong?

    • Harold

      Yeah he ain’t having fun shooting that thing

  • Budogunner

    Is this going to be Armalite pattern, DPMS pattern, or “other” (a la Palmetto State Armory)?

    • Treiz

      I was hoping they’d adopt the G2 pattern, can’t tell if they did or not from these pics though…

      • BoHeck

        Neither… DD pattern. Which to me, is a dumb move. It is not a G2, I have seen it, the receivers are quite large like a standard AR-10.