Daniel Defense Releases DD5V1 7.62 Rifle

Daniel Defense has released its highly anticipated 7.62mm rifle, the DD5V1. It features a 4-bolt mount for the front handguard that is integral to the upper receiver forging, and a cold-hammer-forged barrel.

Black Creek, GA- Daniel Defense—engineer and manufacturer of the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems, and accessories—is proud to announce the release of its much anticipated rifle for the 7.62 x 51mm NATO (.308) cartridge. The new DD5V1 is a groundbreaking, performance-driven platform engineered from muzzle to buttstock. Incorporating over a decade of expertise from industry-leading Daniel Defense engineers and designers, the DD5V1establishes a whole new standard in the .308 platform.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way this rifle turned out,” said Daniel Defense President & CEO Marty Daniel. “Our engineers utilized existing technology where appropriate and developed entirely new designs when necessary to optimize the performance of this gold-standard rifle. Those who demand legendary Daniel Defense quality and the increased range and terminal ballistics of 7.62mm ammo are going to be very pleased with this rifle.”

With innovative features like a 4-bolt connection system, an optimized upper receiver, an improved bolt carrier group, ambidextrous controls, a configurable modular charging handle, and a cold-hammer-forged barrel, the DD5V1—although built around a traditional AR platform— establishes a new tradition in 7.62 rifles. It also features a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger for precise fire control. Even with all of these features, plus a DD Superior Suppression Device and 15″ Picatinny top rail, the DD5V1 weighs only 8.3 lbs.

The DD5V1 rifle has an MSRP of $2,899 and will be available for purchase beginning October 23rd from authorized Daniel Defense dealers or directly from Daniel Defense at danieldefense.com.

The DD5V1 spec sheet and some promotional images are below:

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The DD5V1 is the latest lightweight 7.62mm carbine design based on the AR-15, following the competing DPMS GII released last summer.

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Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Gabriel Owens

    I bet its expensive.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Why would you bother to make a bet? They put the estimated MSRP right in the manufacturer’s advertising blurb. It’s $2899.

    • Secundius

      @ Gabriel Owens.

      Old Retail Trick, Start High and Work Low. ALL Merchandise sold anywhere, usually have a 1000% Mark Up. So even if they sell at 50% off, they’re making a Profit. If they can sell High, Clientele are going to be those with “Expendable Assets”. Which also means, if you want it “Bad Enough”, you’ll find the means to BUY. If Demand is low, Price’s will start to FALL. Give it a Couple of Years, and see where the Price is THEN. If the Price REMAINS HIGH, you probably can’t afford it anyway…

  • Nicks87

    Interesting they went with a chrome lined barrel but it’s DD so it’s probably fine.

  • Dracon1201

    HOLY COW! What an overpriced rifle. And only a basic hammer forged barrel for the price of a SCAR 17, AND it weighs more…

    • ostiariusalpha

      An S2W profile is not just a basic CHF barrel, and the SCAR barrel is a pencil contour. The difference in their barrel harmonics and capacity to soak up heat is substantial. Does that make the DD5V1 worth the asking price? Eh…

      • Dracon1201

        Especially when I could build this rifle for close to half the price, less weight, with an awesome barrel.

        • ostiariusalpha

          This rifle has proprietary parts, how exactly would you go about building one yourself? That is, in fact, completely & totally impossible Dracon.

          • Dracon1201

            Where does it say that it’s a GII? I’ve not seen that referenced anywhere.

          • Dracon1201

            I see where it compares the GII with this, but no where that confirms that it is a GII pattern. Can anyone confirm?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Wha…? No. Where did you even get that idea? You claimed you could build an equivalent .308 that would be lighter, I merely pointed out the only way to accomplish that would be to use GII-pattern receivers. No one said anything about the DD5V1 being a GII small frame, it is very much a large frame gun. The point is, you can either build a gun with a quality barrel that costs half as much (or less) as this Daniel Defense and it will weigh more, or you can buy a GII and get a custom barrel made with the certainty that you’ll end up paying more than half the price that DD is suggesting for their rifle. You can’t do both though, these .308 AR guns are just not like any AR-15 where you can put together a great gun from a parts kit on a small budget.

          • Dracon1201

            Okay, I thought that you were indicating it was a gII. Early morning here. No, I can most certainly build one better at the same or less weight in a much less expensive package on a large frame. I already know I can. I have. 🙂 Sold it for my new MCX because I get bored, but I got great accuracy out of an Aero receiver set with a Faxon barrel I ran a light stock, MFT Minimalist, and I got the whole thing to just under 8 lbs and $1300. Bolt + Receiver set for 400, barrel for 239, srock set value was ~100, 20 grip, $70 lower kit, $10 for my upper stuff, had the tools already, Switch handguard. I had a .30 nightbrake I used from a previous build. I think that covered it. So yeah, 12-1300. Add the PA 4X I had lying around, I wan’t into this for much. It made for a nice, lighter carbine, shot pretty well, down around 1moa avg groups or so, if you value that kind of thing. And FAR cheaper than the DD. And BTW, it is like an AR-15. Di*k in a box.

          • ostiariusalpha

            And this Faxon barrel is a heavy Recon profile like the DD5V1? Because otherwise you’ve made a different gun, and your comparison becomes moot. I’m sure Daniel Defense could free float a lightweight barrel and mop the floor with your homebrew in the weight department (while charging an arm & leg for the pleasure, of course). People have retrofitted GII rifles and pushed the weight down to well under 7 lbs., but nobody claimed they were just the same as a Recon-style rifle.

          • Dracon1201

            Yes, it’s definitely not a lightweight barrel. And quite frankly, no, they couldn’t mop the floor with my rifle if they tried. Remember, there is such a thing as too heavy of a barrel, and I think that is where DD went wrong. I don’t know what DD is thinking, even the SCAR H’s thin barrel does alright with longer strings of fire. My barrel is heavier than that, and I would have tested my rifle against this offering from DD any day of the week. GII’s are never in this discussion, so I don’t know why its still being discussed. A good GII is an entirely different beast, and would be lighter than either. But yeah, my point still stands, I could build another rifle far better than the DD and not pay for the name.

  • Seburo

    Why would anybody buy this when they can have one of the older .308’s that aren’t overpriced.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Because it’s 8.3 lbs! Because Daniel Defense!! Because ‘Murica!!! I don’t know really. Basically it’s a .308 recon-style AR that weighs the same as the DPMS GII Recon, but with large frame receivers. Makes me a bit dubious about where they’ve been shaving the weight.

      • The rail system, I reckon.

        • ostiariusalpha

          There’s only so much weight available to remove on an aluminum handguard, even on a chunker like the GII Recon’s quadrail. There’s some steel missing in the DD5V1 to get it that light, and I’d be more than interested where they took it from.

          • Nicks87

            That quadrail was the first thing to go on my G2 Recon. Now it wears a NC-1 tube and a minimalist stock.

  • GunKnowItAll

    Big Daddy gone pick one up

  • Whywhatfordohuh

    What’s the point of this? Why is it so expensive? Why would anyone take this over a DPMS G2?

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  • BrandonAKsALot

    Looks nice. I wonder why, if they are slowly moving away from many standard style AR parts, why not ditch the dinky charging handle and put a non-recip on the side? I will never be able to full express my utter distaste for the AR charging handle.

  • Matt

    I’m a DD Fanboy, I own lots of their stuff. I was a buyer at $2000, too many proven choices at that price point.

  • NewMan

    Looks nice and DD makes fine stuffs, but at that price point one can easily pick up either a SCAR-17 or KAC SR-25 – both are well proven platforms.

    Hell, considering how there is no industrial/mil-spec standard for .308 AR and with all the proprietary parts (with the exception of the mags?) from different makers, I don’t see the point of owning a .308 AR. The biggest appeal of the AR platform is its modularity and parts interchangeability. You can’t find that in a 308 AR. So might as well spend the money on SCAR-17, FAL, G3 etc…


    • DW

      KAC SR25 isn’t in the same price range (I see ~5k on gunbroker)

  • Anonymoose

    A DD5V11 would be a bigger potential seller.