Daniel Defense brings us the most buzzed about caliber, the .300 Blackout in their DDM4 V5 carbine-length gas system M4 carbine. The .300 Blackout is ballistically similar to the .308 and the 7.62x39mm rounds, but without having to sacrifice the low recoil and the platform of the AR-15. Daniel Defense builds accurate, quality rifles that are sure to please the first day out at the range. The upper receiver on the DDM4 V5 has indexing marks and M4 feed ramps. The 16-inch S2W profile barrel is chrome moly vanadium steel and cold-hammer forged with an A2 birdcage flash hider. Daniel Defense has added their 12.0 Omega X Rail with three low-profile rail ladders. A Magpul MOE buttstock and Daniel Defense A2 style vertical foregrip means you will not need to add upgraded furniture. Made in the USA, the Daniel Defense rifle weighs seven pounds, one ounce with no sights.
An SBR (short-barreled rifle) is on my “buy” list. Daniel Defense takes a step out of the process by offering a factory SBR rifle, the MK18 carbine. The MK18 carbine has a 10.3-inch barrel, a very common length for close quarters combat and home defense. Chambered for 5.56mm NATO, the MK18 features the same forend that Daniel Defense provides to USSOCOM. Both the lower and upper receivers are made to MIL-SPEC and the upper receiver has indexing marks and M4 feed ramps. It also comes with a Magpul MOE buttstock and a 30-round Magpul Pmag. The handguard is Daniel Defense’s MK18 Rail Interface System (RIS II). Sure sounds special, doesn’t it? Like the DDM4 V5, the Daniel Defense MK18 is also made in the USA.