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Meet The DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes Winner (And His New Rifle)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Back in August, we hosted a sweepstakes for Daniel Defense. Greg Hermann from Minnesota was selected as the winner of the DD M4 flyaway sweepstakes. Last week at the Daniel Defense headquarters in Black Creek, Georgia, Greg claimed his prize.

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Greg follows several gun and tactical websites/forums and has a lot in common with other SSD readers. He is a US Army Veteran, having served for 14 years from the early 80s into the mid-90s at several duty stations, both here CONUS and in Korea. Like so many, his family is dedicated to service, with two Army Vet sons and a daughter finishing up her studies to become a chiropractor. These days, Greg makes a living as a Heavy truck/Track mechanic for Connexus Energy

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But he’s not all work, and no play. Greg has started tinkering with drag racing and can be found every winter on his snowmobile. Naturally, hailing from Minnesota, Greg is also an avid outdoorsman and loves to hunt. Although his favored game is deer, he plans to take his new rifle on a varmint hunt to the Dakota Hills in search of ground hogs.

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Greg Hermann is no stranger to Eugene Stoner’s brainchild. Aside from having carried the M16A1 and A2 during his military service, Greg also owns a DPMS A1 clone that he has done some modifications to over the years. But his big influence regarding ARs is his son who works part time at Element Arms, a local gun store that has made a good name for itself by specializing in the AR platform. Greg said you’ll often find him there. Interestingly, Element Arms is a Daniel Defense dealer and Greg related that when he stopped by to brag about winning the sweepstakes they were initially, begrudgingly congratulatory. Of course , it was just friendly jealousy but they quickly came around.

I asked what his buddies back home thought about his prize and he told me, “They didn’t believe it.” Guess he showed them.

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Greg was able to go into the Daniel Defense rifle configurator to customize his build. When he arrived at the factory, everything was ready. Longtime DD Armorer Joe Guerin was on hand to assist Greg with his build. Over dinner we talked about the hand on portion of the day, and Greg was very impressed relating, “It was a great experience and I really appreciate the guidance I received from DD’s professional gunsmiths during the build.”

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Greg spec’d his rifle out with these features:

  • 18” Cold Hammer Forged, Strength-to-Weight (S2W) Barrel, 5.56, Salt Bath Nitride Finished
  • Mid-length gas system
  • Daniel Defense Superior Suppression Device
  • M4A1 Rail Interface System (RIS II)-Black
  • A4 Upper Receiver
  • Complete BCG
  • Standard charging handle
  • Lower Receiver with flared magazine well
  • Daniel Defense Buttstock & Pistol Grip
  • Convert Grip (Black)
  • Geissele SSA Trigger
  • A1.5 Fixed Rear Sight
  • Fixed Front Sight
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    Greg and I both test fired his new creation in DD’s 100m test range. That Geissele trigger was a great choice and I’m a big fan of the mid-length gas system. Greg beamed, saying it was a step up from his first AR, which he’s had for years. In fact, Greg told me, “I customized it to my specs. It is very different than any of my other rifles. In particular, the rail is a bit different than what I’ve experienced in the past. I can’t wait to get it home and zeroed.”

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    All-in-all, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Greg Hermann. The Sweepstakes winner didn’t just get a chance to build a custom rifle. Greg also received a full tour of Daniel Defense facilities as well as dinner with Marty Daniel and his lovely wife Cindy. Greg told me he really enjoyed the visit. He summed the entire experience up, “I think they’re a pretty class act organization. I’m impressed with what I see and hear. These guys know what they’re doing. The proof is in the pudding.”

    Additionally, www.blueforcegear.com generously donated a Vickers Combat Applications Sling to Greg for his build.

    Greg Hermann should have picked up his new DDM4 by now. It’s a great rifle and I hope he gets a chance to take it out soon.

    Daniel Defense Releases New Rails & Optic Mount

    Monday, October 27th, 2014

    Black Creek, GA – October 27, 2014 - Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced new product releases: SLiM Rail™ 12.0 and Aimpoint® Micro Mount (Absolute Co-Witness).

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    The SLiM Rail™, which first debuted on the DDM4v11 in a 15-inch version, is now available as a rifle length, 12-inch option. “We’re fired up about our customers having access to this new rail system,” noted Daniel Defense Director of Marketing, Jordan Hunter. The Daniel Defense SLiM Rail™ features the KeyMod attachment system, which offers incredible weight savings as well as superior cooling, ergonomics, and modularity while maintaining the strength and durability expected from a Daniel Defense free-float rail system. “The feedback we received after launching this railed forend, our first featuring KeyMod, confirmed we hit the mark and met user expectations.” While the initial release only made this rail system available on the V11 series rifles, both lengths will now be offered individually to dealers and customers.

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    Daniel Defense is also releasing an upgrade to their popular Aimpoint® Micro Mount. “In the early years, we earned the reputation of being a rails & accessories company,” said Marty Daniel, the company’s President and CEO. “It remains a core element of our business, and this upgrade to the Aimpoint® mount demonstrates our ability to take a proven product and elevate it to the next level.” The next generation mount gives operators the option of an absolute or lower 1/3rd co-witness.

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    Daniel Defense Expands Color Finish Options To Additional Firearms

    Monday, September 22nd, 2014

    Black Creek, GA – September 22, 2014 - Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced the expansion of their exclusive finishes, Mil Spec+™ and Daniel Defense Tornado™, to additional models.

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    The Daniel Defense MK12 — introduced at SHOT Show this year — with an 18-inch stainless steel barrel and rifle length gas system, is now being offered in the Daniel Defense Tornado finish. The gray cerakote is not the only visual difference on this Special Purpose Rifle. The stainless steel, MK12 profile barrel has a bead blasted, chemically passivated finish that resembles the base metal. “We’ve invested a lot of man hours and capital toward development of the MK12,” noted Jordan Hunter, Director of Marketing for Daniel Defense. “The New Tornado finish and bead blasted, stainless steel barrel provide this precision firearm with a new appeal.”

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    “We’re also happy to publicize that the V11 is now available in our new finishes,” Hunter continued. The DDM4v11, which features Daniel Defense’s SLiM Rail™, their first rail system with the KeyMod attachment method, is available in Mil Spec+, Tornado as well as Black. “Demand since the release of the V11 has been exceedingly strong. With the encouraging response to these distinct finishes, making them available on this firearm is a no-brainer.”

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    Daniel Defense Makes The Inc. 500|5000 List For The Third Consecutive Year

    Thursday, September 18th, 2014

    Black Creek, GA, September 17, 2014 – Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest weapons systems, precision rail systems and accessories, has been ranked Number 1568 by Inc. magazine on its 33rd annual Inc. 500/5000.

    The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Daniel Defense, a Georgia-based company and leader in the firearms community, is honored to be included again for 2014. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

    “Daniel Defense has again been recognized by Inc. 500|5000 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States,” said Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “This is the third consecutive year we have been recognized with this prestigious distinction. I am particularly proud that we achieved this goal while installing the infrastructure for long term growth and because it is more difficult to grow at this pace as a mid-size company. Even more exciting than reaching this goal, is that now we have the infrastructure in place in our design, prototyping, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing, quality, MRP, accounting, marketing and sales. We are ready to execute our 5, 10 and 20 year growth plans.”

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    Daniel Defense Announces Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes Winner

    Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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    Congratulations Greg!

    There’s Still Time To Enter the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes by Daniel Defense

    Thursday, August 28th, 2014

    Time is running out but you can still enter the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes.

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    One lucky SSD reader will receive a Grand Prize consisting of:

    • Round trip airfare to/from Savannah, Georgia
    • Hotel Accommodations
    • Tour of both Daniel Defense facilities: Black Creek, Georgia; Ridgeland, South Carolina
    • (1) Custom Built DDM4

    The winner will work hand-in-hand with an armorer to assist in the build of the DDM4 rifle which will then be sent to winner’s FFL for transfer. DD pays for you to travel to their factory and build your own rifle!

    There is no specific date set for the trip. Daniel Defense will work with the winner to set the date of the prize.

    Enter by 31 August, 2014 for your chance to win. To enter visit danieldefense.com/registertowin.

    Be sure to read all of the contest rules. These are very important. This is a Daniel Defense contest and not being administered by Soldier Systems Daily.

    Daniel Defense Introduces New Models

    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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    Daniel Defense has announced the release of several new products: DDM4v11 Series Rifles, MK18 Pistol and 300 Blackout Pistol.

    Today, they introduced the DDM4v11 series of rifles with the newly designed SLiM Rail™ 15.0, their first rail system featuring the KeyMod attachment system. The V11 is available with the 16-inch Government, 16-inch Lightweight, or 18-inch Strength-to-Weight (S2W®) barrel. The SLiM Rail™, which is an acronym for Slim Lightweight Modular, will be available for individual sale at a later date.

    Daniel Defense is also releasing the MK18 Pistol and 300 Blackout Pistol. The MK18 Pistol is very similar to the MK18 Factory SBR—popular in the law enforcement and special operations communities—with a 10.3” barrel that is classified as an SBR (short-barreled rifle) under the National Firearms Act. The 300 Blackout Pistol, chambered in 300 AAC Blackout, also comes with a 10.3” barrel. Both pistols are designed with a 1.15” Diameter Pistol Receiver Extension opposed to a Mil-Spec receiver extension and buttstock and are not NFA regulated items.

    These products are shipping to dealers now and will be available for purchase online soon.

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    Enter the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes by Daniel Defense

    Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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    Daniel Defense has chosen SSD to announce the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes. One lucky SSD reader will receive a Grand Prize consisting of:

    • Round trip airfare to/from Savannah, Georgia
    • Hotel Accommodations
    • Tour of both Daniel Defense facilities: Black Creek, Georgia; Ridgeland, South Carolina
    • (1) Custom Built DDM4

    The winner will work hand-in-hand with an armorer to assist in the build of the DDM4 rifle which will then be sent to winner’s FFL for transfer. DD pays for you to travel to their factory and build your own rifle!

    There is no specific date set for the trip. Daniel Defense will work with the winner to set the date of the prize.

    Enter by 31 August, 2014 for your chance to win. To enter visit danieldefense.com/registertowin.

    Be sure to read all of the contest rules. These are very important. This is a Daniel Defense contest and not being administered by Soldier Systems Daily.

    Daniel Defense – Guns And Gear Summer Sweepstakes

    Saturday, July 19th, 2014

    Black Creek, GA- July 18, 2014 - Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced the Guns and Gear Summer Sweepstakes.

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    Daniel Defense and participating companies teamed up to give one fan the chance to win this prize package, which consists of a Daniel Defense DDM4v5, Kimber PROTLE/RL11, EOTech EXPS2-0 and G33 Magnifier, as well as a 5.11 Tactical COVRT M4-511 Bag. Together, the entire package is valued at $3892.00. “We greatly appreciate our customers and fans, and wanted to do something big to wrap up the summer,” says Jordan Hunter, Director of Marketing at Daniel Defense. “We partnered with a few select, well-respected companies to participate in this giveaway.”

    The Guns and Gear Summer Sweepstakes runs July 18, 2014, to August 18, 2014. Those interested in participating can fill out the registration form at the official sweepstakes website: www.GunsandGearSweepstakes.com. No purchase is necessary to enter.

    Daniel Defense Sues Remington/DPMS For Trademark Infringement

    Monday, June 30th, 2014

    Georgia-based Daniel Defense has filed suit in US District Court against Remington Outdoor Company and DPMS for alleged trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices. DD seeks unspecified damages and recovery of legal costs as well as an injunction preventing Remington or DPMS from using the marks in the future and to destroy all materials bearing them.

    Daniel Defense claims trademark of the term “Lighter. Stronger. Better.” which it has used since 1996. It has also trademarked the “>>” chevron, a V-shaped pattern in use since 2012.

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    Remington’s subsidiary DPMS has been using the term “Lighter, Stronger and even more badass” and “Lighter, Stronger and every bit as accurate as the original” which DD alleges confuses consumers due to the similarity of products.

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