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Warrior Expo – Daniel Defense

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

At SHOT Show, Daniel Defense introduced their Rock & Lock attachment system for Mil Std 1913 rails. They’re showing it at Warrior Expo as a simple to use means to attach accessories to M4s. This new design moves from a separate clamp and mount to a single-piece design.


This is the 1 O’Clock offset mount and as you can see, it’s a one-piece design with a single, flat-tip tightening bolt.


This is the new Offset Flashlight mount. This model is a bit more streamlined with the light closer to the boreline.


And this little beauty is a Rail Mount QD Swivel Attachment Point. I don’t know how many times I’ve picked up a carbine with nowhere to attach a sling. This QD Attachment Point is anti-rotation and fits right to the rail. A few twists of a screwdriver and it’s in place, where you want it.

These are low cost solutions that allow the shooter to quickly adapt new accessories to his carbine. Check them out.

SHOT Show – Daniel Defense Introduces New Stocks and Grips

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Here’s a shot of the new Daniel Defense Pistol Grip and Buttstock from Media Day at the Range. They are in their version of FDE called Mil Spec+ Finish.


Pistol Grip Features
• Ergonomic Design with 1911 Grip Angle
• Soft Touch Rubber Overmolding
• Integrated Trigger Guard

Buttstock Features
• Enhanced Cheek Weld with Soft Touch Rubber Overmolding
• Limited Rotation QD Swivel Attachment Point on Both Sides
• Interchangeable Buttpads

Daniel Defense Announces $20 Million Expansion To Better Meet Demand

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Black Creek, GA – January 23, 2014 - Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest weapons systems, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced plans for a five-year, $20 million expansion in Bryan County, Georgia.

“We are proud to be among the nation’s fastest growing private companies according to Inc. 500|5000 Magazine,” says Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “Maintaining the level of growth we’ve experienced over the last 10 years requires a long term vision, continued momentum, while maintaining the level of quality expected by our customers.”

At the conclusion of the 5-year, multi-million dollar expansion, Daniel Defense will have expanded to over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and administrative space in Bryan County. “This is yet another step toward bringing every part of the manufacturing process in-house, which will in turn give us ultimate control over quality assurance,” exclaimed Daniel.

Daniel Defense moved its operations to Bryan County in 2009 with the opening of its now 47,000 square foot facility. The long-term project would not be the first size increase for the Georgia-based company. They expanded operations to a 90,000 square foot facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina, in 2012. With flourishing interest for the name brand precision firearms, parts and accessories, the planned increase will enable them to meet growing demand while maintaining a first-rate customer service experience.

New Products And Offerings From Daniel Defense

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Daniel Defense has new offerings for 2014, including updates on their popular rifles, new finishes, new accessories and components, and even an iPad app.


• 16” Cold Hammer Forged Government Profile Barrel
• 5.56mm
• Mid-length Gas System
• DDM4 Rail 15.0


• 16” Cold Hammer Forged Lightweight Profile Barrel
• 5.56mm
• Mid-length Gas System
• DDM4 Rail 15.0

DDM4v9 S2W

• 18” Cold Hammer Forged Strength-2-Weight (S2W) Profile (Salt Bath Nitride Finish)
• 5.56mm
• Mid-length Gas System
• DDM4 Rail 15.0

Butt Stock

• Enhanced Cheek Weld with Soft Touch Rubber Overmolding
• Limited Rotation QD Swivel Attachment Point on Both Sides
• Interchangeable Buttpads

Pistol Grip

• Ergonomic Design with 1911 Grip Angle
• Soft Touch Rubber Overmolding
• Integrated Trigger Guard

Vertical Grip

• Injected Molded Nylon
• Mounts easily to Picatinny Rail
• Dual O-Ring Water tight Storage
• Soft Touch Rubber Overmolding

New Daniel Defense Mil Spec+ Finish

AR Experience App

The Daniel Defense Augmented Reality Experience allows users to explore Daniel Defense’s line of precision-crafted AR-15 style rifles in full 3D. Users can rotate, tumble, zoom in, and see exploded views of the rifles. They can also tap the models for highlights, information, and audio-guided tours. The media center included in the app features videos of Daniel Defense’s M4 carbines being subjected to a variety of torture tests to show just how durable the DDM4 is.

Daniel Defense – Banned By The NFL

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, the NFL recently denied a commercial by Georgia-based firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense to be played during the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX, on the grounds that it violates the firearms portion of the NFL’s Prohibited Advertising Categories:

“5. Firearms, ammunition or other weapons are prohibited; however, stores that sell firearms and ammunitions (e.g., outdoor stores and camping stores) will be permitted, provided they sell other products and the ads do not mention firearms, ammunition or other weapons.”

The commercial, which can be seen above, doesn’t technically violate the NFL’s policy, with (arguable) exception to the DDM4 silhouette logo at the end. Daniel Defense offered to replace the potentially offending logo with “…an American flag and/or the words “Shall not be infringed.””. The NFL countered the offer with an additional non-negotiable denial. Surprisingly, Daniel Defense had no trouble running a commercial in local Georgia markets during the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI on NBC.

Adam Wilson Talks Barrels

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Adam Wilson of 1MOA Solutions asked us to share this article. We agreed in the spirit of stirring debate. We want to hear your opinion.

During carbine classes the topic of “What is The Best Fighting Rifle?” frequently comes up. This is a subjective question in my opinion because “best” is dependent on each individuals requirements. A shooter in a rural area may need the ability to engage mid range targets beyond 200 to 300 yards, while someone in a urban area typically deals with threats at much closer distances. My first recommendation is to ensure you tailor your rifle and training towards the scenarios you are most likely to encounter. While we can’t prepare for all scenarios we can train to overcome the majority.

The second thing I tell shooters is to be honest about their needs and abilities. The shooter is often the weakest link when it comes to accuracy. Lets take a moment to discuss “Fighting Rifles” and the balance of accuracy and durability. The biggest factor in your rifle’s inherent accuracy, is the type or quality of barrel used. There are two primary choices when it comes to AR15 barrels, Cold Hammer Forged (CHF) or Stainless Steel (SS). The accepted theory is that a CHF barrel is more durable than a stainless steel barrel but you compromise accuracy for longevity. There is also a significant price difference between a CHF barrel and a SS barrel. Daniel Defenselists their 14.5″ CHF barrel for $279.00 while Noveske Rifleworks lists their 14.5″ stainless steel for $455.00

For some individuals the increased accuracy may not be worth the higher cost. The $176.00 saved in this example could be invested in ammo, training, or a rifle optic. If a shooter chooses to go that route and picks up a CHF barrel instead of a stainless steel barrel how much accuracy are they sacrificing? Is that rifle still effective on a man sized target from 100 to 500 yards?

Based off of the performance I’ve seen with the Daniel Defense CHF barrel I will say yes, without a doubt! The Army Marksmanship Unit considers the issued M4/M16 rifle to be a 2-3MOA rifle. My personal experience has shown it to be a 3-5MOA rifle dependent on unit maintenance procedures. That equates to a 3-5″ group at 100 yards and 15-25″ group at 500 yards under ideal conditions.

I shot the rifle pictured below from the prone position for groups using a bipod and sand sock for rear support at 100 yards with a 4.5-14x Leupold Optics MK4 scope. It is a Legion Firearms LF15 with a Daniel Defense 14.5″ CHF barrel mid-length gas system and a SureFire, LLC muzzle device. Three different ammunition selections were used during testing. The best performance was with Federal 69gr SMK but each group fell within the 2MOA standard. This equates to 2″ at 100 yards and 10″ at 500 yards. If the average 5’8″ male is 40″ from the waistline to the top of the head and 20″ from shoulder to shoulder, a 10″ cone of fire at 500 yards gives you room to err under less than ideal conditions.


Is this what I would consider acceptable accuracy for a stainless steel barrel and match grade ammo? No, but it provides enough accuracy for the majority of shooters who also value the increased barrel life the CHF barrel provides.

Bottom line, be honest about your abilities and expectations so you get the maximum return on your investment.

1MOA Solutions was founded with the sole purpose of developing reality based training necessary for survival during deadly conflict. Our curriculum is built upon the knowledge and experience gained while serving as US Army Snipers. They challenge each shooter to constantly learn, evolve, and prepare for that one moment when accuracy determines life or death.

Comprised of a dedicated group of Military shooters with a background in precision marksmanship the 1MOA Solutions team can be found competing in Multigun, Long Range Tactical, and USPSA matches throughout the country when not training in the El Paso area.

Daniel Defense Makes The Inc. 500/5000 List For The Second Consecutive Year

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


Black Creek, GA, October 3, 2013 – Inc. magazine has ranked Daniel Defense NO. 2927 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the second year Daniel Defense has been recognized by the magazine. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Daniel Defense joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“Daniel Defense has grown 1000% in the past ten years,” said Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “This is the 2nd year we applied for and the 2nd year we have been recognized by Inc. 500/5000. We have the products, marketing and distribution channels to grow faster; however, we are managing our growth to a level that is sustainable for excellent quality and customer service. Daniel Defense is well on its way to becoming the premier manufacturer of quality small arms in the world. And we have the team to do it!”

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

Daniel Defense Introduces The Newly Designed AR15 Lite Rail II

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

What do you guys think?

Black Creek, GA – September 30, 2013 – Daniel Defense, Inc. has unveiled the latest advancement in rail systems for the AR15 platform. The AR15 Lite Rail II is the next generation of Lite Rail from Daniel Defense. With thousands of the Lite Rail Series already in existence, this proven handguard just got better.

The improved design enhances the rail’s structural integrity, improves functionality, aesthetics and ease of installation to the weapon system without compromising its best-known attributes, one of which being the lightest rail system on the market. Enhanced features include a machined from one piece aluminum rail which replaces our previous two piece welded design, our patented Bolt-Up System™, requiring only 4 bolts instead of 6, with tabs that aid in alignment to the upper receiver during installation. Front and Rear Sling Swivel Attachment Points are integrated into both the left and right side rails and are designed to limit the swivel’s rotation.

“Once we develop and deploy a new product, we begin discussing how we can make an already superior product even better,” says Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “The AR15 Lite Rail II is the product of innovative thought and a very talented team of engineers. In the end, we made it even Lighter, Stronger, Better…”

The AR15 Lite Rail II is available in multiple lengths and variations, including: AR15 Lite Rail II 7.0, 9.0, 9.5 FSP, 10.0, 12.0, 12.0 FSP, 12.0 FSPM and 14.0. While most options are available now, the AR15 Lite Rail II 12.0 FSPM and 14.0 will be available in Q1, 2014.

Jay Duncan Exits Daniel Defense After Eight Years With Company

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I have known Jay Duncan for many years. I wish him well in his future pursuits.

Black Creek, GA- September 13, 2013- Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense, announced today that Jay Duncan, former Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has left the Company to pursue other opportunities.

Jay joined the Company in 2005 as Daniel Defense’s first paid employee. Jay’s sales and marketing expertise and his leadership abilities have been instrumental in positioning Daniel Defense as a market leader in the manufacturing of premier modern sporting rifles, rails and accessories. We thank Jay for his contribution to the success of Daniel Defense and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Daniel Defense has an outstanding sales and marketing leadership team.

• Bill Robinson, Director of Commercial Sales
• Patrick Kisgen, Director of Military, Law Enforcement and OEM Sales
• Jordan Hunter, Director of Marketing

Daniel Defense remains a premier manufacturer of small arms and will continue to design and provide the highest quality products and services to our customers. Our reputation is based on always doing the right thing and recognizing the value of our customers, employees and vendors through long-term relationships.

DSEi – Daniel Defense

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013


The entire line of Daniel Defense products are now available in the EU through Edgar Brothers. Daniel Defense produces the Picatinny rail for the SA80.


Additionally, they have introduced an M4A1 clone that is available to US civilians. In the US they are currently offered through AcuSport. Although mechanically it’s a clone, it does ship with a Magpul stock and a pinned DD flash hider on a 14.5″ barrel.