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Daniel Defense DDMV7  556NATO

Daniel Defense DDMV7 556NATO

Daniel Defense is one of the best recognized names for high-end MSRs/AR-15s. They started with the original DDM4, setting the stage for the modern MSR/AR-15 market and eventually developing into the modern DDM4 V7 semi-automatic rifle with its M-LOK attachments and accessories.

The DDM4 V7 line’s variants are denoted by a suffix to indicate its intended purpose, for example the DDM4 Hunter is geared towards hunting while the DDM4 Pro is made for competition shooting.

The standard Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 is a hefty investment in self-defense. The reliability and modularity of the rifle itself allows for the most modifications to meet a large variety of tasks. From home defense to duty use to pest control, the DDM4 V7 has enough rail space to mount any optic or accessory you need.

Due to its popularity, most of the market is compatible with the DDM4, from magazines to most spare parts. Spare parts can be finicky if they are not in the right spec, but the overall modularity of the DDM4 means you have more options to choose from.

The DDM4 V7 is not a beginner’s rifle. The quality, durability, and overall utility of the DDM4 makes it a great option for someone who is familiar with the MSR and does not want to own a number of lower quality guns for different tasks. The DDM4 is the gun for someone who either has a lot to invest in rifles or for someone who wants just one extremely reliable firearm.

Let’s look at the DDM4 V7’s current features.

Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 Semi-Automatic Rifle Standard Features:

  • Semi-automatic, direct impingement
  • 7 position M-LOK attachment points
  • Mid-length gas system
  • Improved DD Flash Suppressor
  • 16 inch Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
  • MFR 15.0 Rail
  • Uninterrupted Picatinny top rail
  • Grip-N-Rip ambidextrous charging handle
  • Soft Touch overmold on Daniel Defense Buttstock and Pistol Grip

The DDM4 V7 is a standard semi-automatic rifle with a direct impingement gas system. A low profile gas block is used with the Daniel Defense MFR 15.0 rail in order to create the continuous strip of Picatinny from the top of the receiver to the end of the rail.

Combined with the M-LOK mounting surfaces, the DDM4 V7 has all of the available real-estate necessary for modern requirements for modularity. You will be able to easily mount Picatinny and M-LOK compatible hardware to the rifle, be that lights, grips, lasers, or optics.

The mid-length gas system with H-buffer helps ensure that the rifle will run properly while reducing perceived recoil and parts wear. The 16 inch government profile barrel with Daniel Defense’s improved Flash Suppressor will cut down on excessive muzzle blast for a better shooting experience.

The bolt is an M16 profile and is chrome lined with staked gas keys. This is an important part of the system as excessive gas leakage can impact the reliability of the firearm itself, especially as the bolt is one of the major moving parts.

The stock is adjustable and comes with the standard 6 positions found on Mil-Spec receiver extensions. The barrel threads are also a standard ½ x 28 and the rifle comes with Daniel Defense’s 32 round magazine (this allows for 30 rounds in the magazine after downloading by 2 for better reliability).

For the price point, the lack of standard iron sights is not an issue. If you are in the market for a rifle in this price point you probably already have an optic or other accessories in mind to go with it. This is not an entry level rifle. This is for the individual who wants quality performance and is not afraid to pay for it.

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