Out of the box (OTB #1)
Daniel Defense DDM4 V7
Welcome to the first “Out of The Box” review. In each OTB post, I will cover a firearm from first impressions, specifications, and things I would change/add. The OTB series is meant to be an informative post that can help answer questions you may have before purchasing a firearm or to be used as a guide on what upgrades you can do to your firearms. For the first OTB review, I’ll be discussing the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 rifle and how it performs and rates on a scale of 1-10 out of the box.
History of Daniel Defense
Founded in 2002 by Marty Daniel, Daniel Defense got its start by manufacturing rails for AR-15 style rifles. In 2003, the company expanded after winning a contract with the United States Special Forces to manufacture specialized rails. By 2009 Daniel Defense began manufacturing their own barrels and rifles. The lead ship product is their DDM4 AR-15 style rifle. Daniel Defense is known for their rifles, barrels and rails which are all used by U.S. Law Enforcement agencies and the U.S. military, including Special Operations. The National Rifle Association of America (NRA), named the DDM4 V7 as the 2017 gun of the year.
(Photo by Daniel Defense)
Upon opening the box, you’ll find your V7 inside Daniel Defense’s hard case lined with foam padding. Their V7 comes with Daniel Defense’s 32-Round magazine, an M-LOK rail system, and is equipped with a vertical grip. In my opinion, the placement of the vertical grip is in a perfect spot. It is different than most manufacturers, in that Daniel Defense has placed their vertical grips far forward on the rail which allows for your support arm to be extended out and is able to provide a great grip on your rail/handguard. Overall, the rifle looks good upon first glance. But as we know, looks aren’t everything. Let’s dig into the specifications of this rifle.