TFBTV Guns of SOCOM: The Mk18 and a Review of the Daniel Defense Mk18 + Surefire SOCOM Silencer

James Reeves
by James Reeves

Guns of SOCOM, Ep. 1: In this Fourth of July TFBTV special, James introduces viewers to a new TFBTV mini-series, the Guns of SOCOM, which will discuss various firearms that have some relationship to Special Operations Command in the United States.

This episode features the Daniel Defense Mk18, which is the closest COTS (“commercial off the shelf”) Mk18 clone. It features a 10.5 in. barrel and the DD RIS II, which is the same handguard/quad rail that Daniel Defense supplies to SOCOM. And while the DD is almost identical to the “real deal” contract Mk18, there are actually a few features that exceed military specifications like cerakoting and cold hammer forged barrels.

Surefire chipped in by sending in two essential pieces of special operations gear: The SOCOM .223 suppressor and quick attach muzzle device, and the Scout light. Both are discussed in this video.

Additionally, EOTech sent in a holographic weapon sight identical to those issued to special operations forces for use in this episode.

This is just the first episode of TFBTV Guns of SOCOM – be sure to check the Guns of SOCOM playlist in a few weeks for new episodes!

Daniel Defense Mk18 with SureFire SOCOM2 suppressor and EOTech XPS holographic optic.

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Redsr Redsr on Jul 06, 2018

    James bruv -- what's the story with the cracked cz scorpion evo frame video on your personal channel. Please loop back there and let us know. It's a mystery!!!

  • Core Core on Jul 08, 2018

    Funny and entertaining as always James! Keep up the good work! I still prefer the Colt MK18 barrel and FN CHF triple chrome barrel versus the DD barrel due to gas port erosion. Initially DD did not get the gas port size correct which needs to be .070-.071" for the 10.3" barrel in 5.56N. I have seen rapid and premature DD barrel gas port erosion: however minimal still worth considering. I would think the port could be chromed??? IMHO the FN MK18 barrel is the best I have seen and is made with real millspec machine gun steel, properly CHF and triple chrome coated per FN's govt runs. Otherwise the DD is one well crafted MK18: I would not hesitate to carry one on duty.