NEW Daniel Defense DD5V2 & DDM4V7s | SHOT 2017


Our own James Reeves visited with Daniel Defense to talk about some of their new products for the upcoming year. This will include a new DD5V2 in .308 Win as well as a DDM4V7s SBR in 5.56mm NATO. After you take a moment to check out the TFB video on Daniel Defense’s new rifles and have the Cliff Notes, let’s dig deeper into these new models.

The DD5V2 is essentially an improved and modified version of the DD5V1 as a result of consumer request. The DD5V2 is an 18″ barrel .308 Win; whereas, the original DD5V1 is only a 16″ barrel. Some other quality features that are noticeable are the trigger, bolt-carrier group (BCG), charging handle, and ambidextrous handling.


Daniel Defense DD5V2 .308 Win

The trigger used in the DD5V2 is a Geissele SSA 2-Stage. This has a smooth 2.5 Lbs take-up or travel followed by a clean 2 Lbs break. The BCG has clean, rounded edges to keep running strong as well as dual ejectors and an oversized cam pin. The charging handle that Daniel Defense uses has ambidextrous release latches, a ball detent to lock into the forward position, and can be configured to the user’s liking. Finally, safety selector, magazine catch, bolt release, and charging handle are all fully ambidextrous. Now for the only bit of bad news. This is a wonderfully built rifle, but if you would like to add one of these to your arsenal you are looking at an MSRP of $3,044.


Daniel Defense DDm4V7s 5.56mm NATO

Now, to touch on Daniel Defense’s hot, little NFA item. The DDM4V7s is an 11.5″ short-barreled rifle (SBR). It features a Daniel Defense brand 10″ M-LOK MFR XS handguard (Modular Float Rail – Xtra Small). It only weighs 5.8 Lbs, has Mil-Spec controls, multiple QD swivel attachments, and uses a carbine length gas system for reliable cycling in a compact package. The barrel is cold-hammer forged with a 1:7″ twist in 5.56mm NATO. The rifle was very easy to maneuver with while shooting it at the SHOT Show Industry Day at the range. This SBR comes in at $1,679 plus your normal $200 tax stamp.


The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • valorius

    Extremely cool looking reciever/handguard mate-up on this rifle. More money than i’d ever spend on an AR, but hey, at least it’s really cool looking.

  • USMC03Vet

    Makes the FN m16a4 clone price look good.

  • codfilet

    I still don’t understand why the .308 has to be almost twice the cost of the 5.56 rifle.

    • Anonymoose

      Yeah, but you get 3 times the bullet weight.

    • Barantos of ReCon

      Agreed, The Midwest Indsutries AR 10 is around the same price as the ar 15’s. Not sure why Daniel Defense thinks it should cost double.