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.
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.
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.