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Daniel Defense DD5


Daniel Defense is a Georgia-based firearm manufacturer. They have become a trusted name in rifles. One of their most popular lines is the DD5, which are AR-10-style rifles. There are five different versions, three of which are currently available and two of which are legacy rifles. The most recent DD5V5 is available in 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Remington calibers. Both versions of the DD5V5 are excellent choices for hunters and target shooters due to the superior accuracy of these cartridge types. 

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Daniel Defense and their line of DD5 rifles:

AR-10-Style Rifles

What is an AR-10 rifle?

An AR-10 is a type of rifle designed by ArmaLite in the 1950s, then sold to Colt in 1959 along with the AR-15. The military counterpart to the AR-10 is the M16. Rifles based on this design are called AR-10-style rifles, although you may hear them called AR-10s as well. The gun is semi-automatic and extremely lightweight. 

What is the difference between the AR-10 and AR-15?

The AR-10 and AR-15 are very similar firearms. They both use direct impingement and are semi-automatic. Many parts are interchangeable between the two models. The AR-10 was a predecessor to the AR-15. One of the main differences is that the AR-10 is “full-caliber” whereas the AR-15 uses a lighter 5.56 mm caliber. 

Which is better, AR-10 or AR-15?

Which gun is better is always going to depend on your personal preferences. Since the AR-10 is a larger caliber, it is well-suited for big game hunters. This is because it usually requires fewer bullets to bring down large game when using an AR-10. The AR-15 is well suited for home defense or small game. 

Daniel Defense

What is Daniel Defense?

Daniel Defense is a family-owned firearms manufacturer based out of Black Creek, Georgia. The CEO is Marty Daniel, a gun enthusiast who started the company based on his passion for making accessories for his own firearms. Daniel Defense specializes in AR model rifles and offers products for civilian, law enforcement, and military consumers.

Is Daniel Defense made in the USA?

Yes, Daniel Defense is an American company. Their manufacturing plant is in Georgia and all of their guns and parts are made in the USA.

Are all Daniel Defense barrels cold hammer forged?

Yes, Daniel Defense uses a cold hammer forging (CHF) process and was one of the first in the industry to do so. This is the most common method for making AR-15-style rifle barrels. CHF is done at room temperature and results in excellent accuracy compared to button rifling, the other most common option for making an AR-style barrel.

Are Daniel Defense rifles direct impingement?

Yes, Daniel Defense rifles use a direct impingement system. This type of design directs gas from a fired cartridge directly into the bolt carrier. This is the most common type of gas operation for AR-15-style rifles.

Daniel Defense Caliber Options

Can a 6.5 Creedmoor be suppressed?

Yes, you can suppress a 6.5 Creedmoor caliber rifle. A .30 caliber suppressor is often a good option for this, although you may have your own personal preference for what suppressor works best for your weapon.

Which is best, .260 Remington or 6.5 Creedmoor?

Which caliber you choose will depend on your personal preference. The .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor are very similar cartridges and both allow for excellent accuracy in target shooting and hunting. The difference between the two is that the .260 Remington cartridges have a slightly higher powder capacity, whereas 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges can take slightly more pressure in the barrel.

What is .260 Remington?

.260 Remington is a cartridge type that was released by Remington in 1997. It is based on the design of .308 Winchester cartridges. This is commonly used in tactical and shooting rifles and is the most popular caliber for high power rifle and high power hunter rifle competitions according to a 2014 NRA survey.

What is 6.5 Creedmoor?

6.5 Creedmoor is a type of cartridge that was first introduced in 2007 by Hornady. It is a modification of the 6.5 Carcano. This type of cartridge is popular in rifle competitions due to its high sectional density and ballistic coefficients. This makes it ideal for target shooting and hunting.

Daniel Defense DD5

What are the features of the DD5 rifle?

The DD5 is an AR-10-style rifle from Daniel Defense. Models go up to the DD5V5. The newest Version 5 features a two-position gas block that allows you to adjust whether you are shooting suppressed or unsuppressed. Like the other rifles in the Daniel Defense line, the DD5 rifle’s barrel is cold hammer forged. The Daniel Defense DD5 also has ambidextrous controls.

What are the specs of the Daniel Defense DD5?

The DD5V5 comes in two different calibers, 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Remington. The specifications for the 6.5 Creedmoor rifle are as follows:

Mounting System M-LOK
Caliber 6.5 Creedmoor
Muzzle Thread 5/8×24 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
Gas System Rifle + 1
Barrel Length 20”
Barrel Profile S2W ®(Strength-to-Weight)
Product Weight 8.9 lbs.
Length 38 3/8″ – 41 5/8″
Magazine Magpul PMAG 20-Round

How does the DD5 rifle work?

The Daniel Defense DD5 uses direct impingement with a medium-length gas system. Like other AR-based models, the rifle works by using rotating parts that allow every part of the firing action to occur on the same axis. This helps reduce movement of the muzzle away from the intended target during firing. 

Which DD5 gun is best?

The Daniel Defense DD5 has five different versions. The DD5V1 and the DD5V2 are no longer available for sale. The DD5V3, DD5V4, and DD5V5 are all built with very similar designs and specifications. One of the main ways to choose the best model for you is by caliber. The V3 is only available in 7.62 X 51 mm. The V4 is available in 7.62 X 51 mm and 6.5 Creedmoor. The V5 is available in 6.5 Creedmoor and was the first gun in the Daniel Defense line to use .260 Remington cartridges. 

What is the price of the Daniel Defense DD5V5?

The Hub’s online gun store sells the Daniel Defense DD5V5 for $2,374.05 in both the .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor calibers. 

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If you still have questions about the DD5 rifle or any other firearms in the Daniel Defense line, The Hub is here to help. We are an Arizona gun store with locations in Tucson and Lakeside, as well as an online gun shop. Our experts can answer your questions, no matter how basic or complex. We cater to seasoned gun enthusiasts and first-time owners alike and it is our passion to help you find the gun of your dreams. 

Contact us today to learn more about the Daniel Defense DD5 or any of the other high-quality guns we have in stock.
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