Daniel Defense Launches the DD5V1 (.308) Rifle


DD5V1, chambered in 7.62 x 51mm.

While we eagerly wait to get our hands on one for a full review, here is the skinny on Daniel Defense’s DD5V1, the company’s new .308 rifle.

Below you’ll find the press release along with a spec sheet.

The MSRP on this bad boy is $2,899.

Black Creek, GA- Daniel Defense—engineer and manufacturer of the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems, and accessories—is proud to announce the release of its much anticipated rifle for the 7.62 x 51mm NATO (.308) cartridge. The new DD5V1 is a groundbreaking, performance-driven platform engineered from muzzle to buttstock. Incorporating over a decade of expertise from industry-leading Daniel Defense engineers and designers, the DD5V1establishes a whole new standard in the .308 platform.


DD’s DD5V1.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way this rifle turned out,” said Daniel Defense President & CEO Marty Daniel. “Our engineers utilized existing technology where appropriate and developed entirely new designs when necessary to optimize the performance of this gold-standard rifle. Those who demand legendary Daniel Defense quality and the increased range and terminal ballistics of 7.62mm ammo are going to be very pleased with this rifle.”

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 barrel, the DD5V1—although built around a traditional AR platform— establishes a new tradition in 7.62 rifles. It also features a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger for precise fire control. Even with all of these features, plus a DD Superior Suppression Device and 15″ Picatinny top rail, the DD5V1 weighs only 8.3 lbs.

The DD5V1 rifle has an MSRP of $2,899 and will be available for purchase beginning October 23rd from authorized Daniel Defense dealers or directly from Daniel Defense at danieldefense.com.



About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Brad November 7, 2017, 3:57 am

    All I needed to read was: “MSRP on this bad boy is $2,899.” to realize I personally had no reason whatsoever to read even another word of this review. Although I could likely afford to pay that much for a “fine, extremely high-quality firearm,” and not that I haven’t done so in the past. But an AR-10 with “Daniel Defense” stamped on it definitely does not constitute a “fine, extremely high-quality firearm,” It’s simply an AR-10 with “Daniel Defense” stamped on it, and nothing more.

    Hate to be so negative, but this overpriced offering by Daniel Defense is not really competitive with what POF, or even S&W has been offering for several years now, at a more reasonable price points. But D.D. does make great barrels.

  • Donnie Morgan February 15, 2017, 5:19 pm

    I’ll stick with the P.O.F and now with the New Edge and the Revolution making them a true game changer.

  • Chris Grisham October 15, 2015, 10:00 pm

    Great looking gun….
    However, I’ll stay with my Ruger Gunsite….why? Cheaper….and its a dedicated lefty!
    Manufacturers need to realize 1/3 of the United States are left handed!!
    Yeah we can probably shoot a right hand gun, but why should we have to??????
    For the price of the DD5V1 I can buy a Ruger Gunsite, a Decent .223 or AK and still have enough leftover for a bulk ammo buy!
    It might be a premium piece of equipment but is it really worth it?? For me, nope.

  • Troy October 12, 2015, 10:47 pm

    Just so everyone knows, u are generally only losing at most 100-150 fps, with a 16″ barrel in the 308. Not a big difference. I researched this when i bought an M-1A Scout some years back. Great rifle; wish it was lighter. Glad the DD is fairly light; many AR’s in 308 are too heavy. I’ll have to look at one. For an all-purpose rifle capable of engaging out to 500 yds or so with practice, this would be hard to beat. Stay safe!

  • Mr James October 12, 2015, 8:10 pm

    DD 308? or 223? different but the same . I’m again ready to change tactics, with first look, then find, then shoot, then think, then acquire. This has worked as a satisfactory system to own and use the tools best for every job and keep happy, ever after with little regrets. Guns America does a fine job engaging many topics with little Chip, Even the commenters seem to respect the others working the site for all it offers. Working rifle made by Daniel Defences long time ownership can I do better with other maker what is the common fail for this company and or regarding Armalite or Ruger or others. I use single action bolt long guns that don’t fail but we know, to slow and out of date too. Looking for heirloom for new kids of grand kids Not that I’m to old to still get out there.

  • Jeb October 12, 2015, 6:01 pm

    I unew standard how your thinking alright but, the one thing I like about the 308 vs those you mentioned is the 308 is so much easier to get ammo for for when things get tight and the stuff hits the fan.

    Not saying I don’t like those calibers you mentioned and I can think of another I like as well. ..
    The 308 and the 223 as well as the 45acp are so common market, I thing the availability of those, are what sells me.
    Just say’n

  • John October 12, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Am I an oddball for believing the .308 doesn’t belong in a carbine length rifle? I mean sure, it’ll shoot, but so would a .338 Lapua if you built it. Just seems like you lose too much of the round’s potential and would be much better off with 7.62×39 or 300 blackout. Just my two cents.

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