[Nightforce 2016] New Daniel Defense Rifles, DD Magazine

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Along with the Nightforce products, Daniel Defense was present at Nightforce 2016 with a number of rifle developments and news. Due to unprecedented demand and growth, Daniel Defense will be expanding their current production building in Savanah, Georgia from 130,000 sq ft, to a 250,000 sq ft building next June. The most recent item on the companies product list is the DD magazine, a 32 round (on closed bolt), blend of Carbon fiber and polymer. On the bottom of the magazine there is a neat Ranger plate/tab that aids in grip as well as impact absorbing, very similar to Magpul’s original entry product. They came in a pack of 12 to dealers, and sell for around $20.

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New for 2017 in the rifle department is the DDM4 V7 PRO with M-Lok instead of Keymod or picatinny rails. The rifle is Daniel Defense’s foray into the competition market.

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Essentially the entire semi-automatic portions (Gas Guns in PRS speak) of the Nightforce Shoot were shot with .308 Win DD5 V1 rifles. The rifles were used for steel target engagements and drills out to 400 meters, in addition to making shots at 800 meters as well. All had Nightforce scopes mounted on them. I was surprised at how consistent the DD5s were at the longer ranges, given the telescoping stocks.

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Although not present, the Ambush rifle is also offered in Kryptek Highlander

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m kind of surprised to see more companies making their own mags. Seems like a risky venture when there’s already some well established companies that have been producing mags for years. Are we still somehow in a bubble that a newcomer could really blow the big names out of the water?

    • Dan

      I think the only way a newcomer can blow a big name out of the water is if they offer same or higher quality mags at a lower price point. My guess is the companies are hoping for a brand loyalty thing.

      You got the DDI rifle with DDI furniture don’t ruin the “look” with GI mags. That’s my guess anyway

      • NineWays

        Additionally, they are already making their own furniture, etc. Now they can reduce cost of production, control quality, and not be subject to someone else’s production and delivery issues.

    • I think DD was anticipating Hillary winning, and thus trying to get in on a massive magazine sale.

      • BattleshipGrey

        That makes sense. I knew that they would’ve been working on this a while before the election, but I hadn’t really figured that they were “banking” on her winning. If she won and was able to get quick legislation in place limiting standard capacity then that wouldn’t give them much profit time. Oh well, good for all that she lost.

        • ostiariusalpha

          She was never going to be in a position to pass “quick” legislation, even in the most optimistic scenario where the Dems flipped the Senate. The panic amongst gun owners would have been immediate though.

  • Darrell

    The dust cover on the camo gun appears to be made of plastic.

    • DGR

      Looks like they all do.

  • Hellbilly

    FYI, the camo on the rifle in the last set of pictures is Kryptek, not Realtree Xtra.

  • codfilet

    The only thing holding me back from buying another .308 rifle is having to get a bunch of mags that won’t fit anything else I have…

    • Daniel Defense is using the PMAG 20 LR/SR, which are SR25-pattern magazines. That’s fairly common enough.

      • codfilet

        The only thing they don’t fit is an M1A……..

        • ostiariusalpha

          All new .308 semi-auto designs are pretty much guaranteed to be using the SR-25 pattern going forward.

        • Brian Nunes

          And the SCAR 17 🙁

  • Jarrad

    I am curious when the MLOK V5 is coming out

    • ostiariusalpha

      Same here.

  • therealgreenplease

    I keep forgetting: are we supposed to embrace m-lok or keymod?

    • Henry Reed

      MLOK.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    That mag looks like it would work great as a 458 Socom mag…

  • Jim_Macklin

    I really must win the Powerball and Megamillion. Wish List
    Cubcrafters Carbon Cub, see picture
    Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    About 100-150 guns for every possible purpose and use.

    Some land, one or two sections
    I could go back to work teaching pilots how to really fly. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61f17982fbe67ab3ad70c53fe40fbcce32f9b99a5fc73e75828e49da537af0e4.jpg

  • wustehase

    Ah, not sure who you had doing the reporting here, but they should probably do their homework on camouflage patterns… Every picture shared above is Kryptek Highlander, and most decidedly *not* Realtree Xtra.

  • Mark Lee

    As an engineer and human factors efficiency expert, I have never seen the AR platform as a desirable weapon because of two critical aspects of the design, being the charging handle requiring acrobatics required and the gas impingement cycling system because of the fouling it causes to the action. I understand the value of having a weapons platform featuring standardized components and accessories, but that aspect is now largely accommodated by the Picatinny rail system available on almost any weapon manufactured. I was an early adopter of the gas piston cycling system and adapted the M14 components to the AR system in the mid-1990 timeframe, even convincing LWRC to adopt it. But I’m still astonished why more manufacturers have not converted to the piston system along with ambidextrous side-charging handles, which are much easier to operate than having to pull an operating rod into one’s face. A few have adopted these enhanced features, but not enough. What is the attraction?