Daniel Defense Releases DD5V1 7.62 Rifle

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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:

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

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • NewMan NewMan on Oct 08, 2015

    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 DW on Oct 09, 2015

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

  • Anonymoose Anonymoose on Oct 08, 2015

    A DD5V11 would be a bigger potential seller.