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Daniel Defense Offers DD5V1 Rifle in Two New Cerakote Finishes


Black Creek, GA- February 17, 2016. Daniel Defense, manufacturer of the world’s finest firearms and accessories, is offering its DD5V1 7.62mm (.308) rifle in two new durable Cerakote finishes. In addition to basic black, this best-selling rifle is now also available with a gray-colored Daniel Defense Tornado® finish and a Mil Spec +® finish, which is a tan or earth color.


The DD5V1 is a groundbreaking, performance-driven platform that established a whole new standard in the .308 platform. Its design incorporates over a decade of expertise from industry-leading Daniel Defense engineers and designers. With innovative features like a 4-bolt connection system, an optimized upper receiver, an improved bolt carrier group, ambidextrous controls, a configurable modular charging handle, and a Cold Hammer Forged (CHF) barrel, the DD5V1 took 7.62 rifles built around the traditional AR platform to a whole new level. And with a weight of only 8.3 pounds, the DD5V1 represents one of the lightest, most maneuverable .308 DMRs (designated marksman rifles) ever built.

DD5V1 rifles with Daniel Defense Tornado® or Mil Spec +® Cerakote finishes have an MSRP of $3,198, while black-finished models retail for $3,044. They are available for purchase from authorized Daniel Defense firearm dealers or directly from Daniel Defense at danieldefense.com.


11 Responses to “Daniel Defense Offers DD5V1 Rifle in Two New Cerakote Finishes”

  1. Seth says:

    I really want to see this rifle with a mlok handguard.

  2. SamHill says:

    Ok so you two are holding off on the $3,000 rifle because it won’t accept a magpul foregrip or something?
    Companies make similar items for keymod systems, check out BCM’s selection of keymod accessories.

    I got my DD V11pro with keymod and the same type of things are out there for keymod that there are for mlok. Bipod mounts, light mounts, foregrips etc.
    Best of luck.

    • Default.mp3 says:

      M-LOK is generally considered to be the more robust attachment method, between the two. Higher pull-out strength, less sensitive to torque variances, greater consistency between accessories, etc.

      • Chuck says:

        I hope for an end to the attachment wars. What a day it will be when we have options between the two and hopefully fully automatic, suppressed, tax free SBRs.

      • SamHill says:

        DD and BCM use keymod. Who makes a more robust system than either of those two?

        Also pull out strength and torque of what, a foregrip or a flashlight? Keymod can’t even pull out unless you disengage it. Non issue.

        • Default.mp3 says:

          Daniel Defense also has M-LOK, while BCM has stated they will be making M-LOK handguards, too. Geissele and Hodge/Mega arguable make even more robust handguards than DD, definitely more so than BCM. I’d also note, while BCM makes excellent products, the KMR is simply not a very rugged handguard. Many of the issues attributed to KeyMod may actually simply be an issue with the lightweight construction of the KMR, given its popularity.

          The pull-out issue I’ve heard of due to loading of bipods, along with use of VFG and lights as barricade stops; it is also of concern during rough use, when rifles are dumped or smashed into things. This is compounded by the issue of the very narrow window of torque that is proper for KeyMod installation, which leads to damaged KeyMod slots, which leads to further over-torquing to try to tighten up the accessory, etc.

          KeyMod is a not a bad format, not by a long shot (just look at how many reputable shooters switched over to KeyMod before M-LOK came out), but M-LOK offers advantages over KeyMod that some folks find to be overwhelmingly compelling. I personally will not consider the DD5 until it comes with an M-LOK handguard, which rumors have suggested are in the works.

          Here are some comparisons made by Jack Leuba of KAC:

          Open source, not restrained by a TDP, which allows a manufacturer to improve upon the mounting method.
          Shows better alignment of mounted items, as the attachment nut is conical and tightens into a beveled recess.

          Open source, not restrained by a TDP, which allows a manufacturer to screw-up the mounting method.
          Requires higher than usual toque for a small screw to avoid loosening, but must remain low enough to prevent damage to the nut or handguard.
          The attachment nut and mounting slot must be able to withstand significant torque without deforming, which makes both highly sensitive to material and hardening processes.
          To reverse an item, the nut recess must first allow it, and the user must loosen and flip the nut.

          Patented and controlled by Magpul, which ensures that everyone that is making an M-lok accessory that bears the M-Lok logo has to have been approved by them, which keeps everyone at the standard that they want.
          Attachment method can bear very high torque, ensuring that accessories won’t loosen if mounted correctly.
          Attachment hardware can withstand high pull force.
          Items are immediately able to be reversed when mounting.

          Patented and controlled by Magpul, which prevents outside manufacturers from changing the attachment method for a specific purpose.
          Attachment hardware can be shifted (without loosening) with lateral leverage.

  3. lcpl1066 says:

    better to hold out than spend the money right before the company releases it . . .like some may have done with non cerakoted DDs that are kicking themselves now. They already have some products with mlok. I’m sure the mlok is coming.

  4. tacguy22 says:

    My question is, why is this gun good enough to pay over 3 grand for? I know Daniel Defense is one hell of a company, but I am asking to be educated why is it worth it??

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  6. Dellis says:

    Umm, how about some Loctite on the “small” screws? Granted I am not tossing my rifle in and out of vehicles like many of you but my rifle ain’t no safe queen either and while I only run a VTAC Ultralight grip it’s not bent, broke or come loose from the DD keymod. I use it as a brace when firing barricades and such and so far just fine.