Daniel Defense creates some of the most durable and reliable ARs on the market. In the upcoming September 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author David Bahde reviews the company’s tank-tough M4V4 short-barreled rifle, or SBR.

Bahde writes, “Daniel Defense’s M4V4 series of rifles have become very popular. Flattop versions of the traditional M4, they are designed for those who would rather mount their own red dot or optics and do without the carry handle/rear sight. These rifles also feature low-profile gas blocks that are covered by 9-inch-long DDM4 rails. The standard DDM4V4 also has a 16-inch, chrome-lined, magnetic-particle-inspected, phosphated barrel. While perfect for most operations, those dedicated to entries need shorter barrels. The DDM4V4 SBR delivers this option.

“I recently had the opportunity to test the DDM4V4 SBR. It starts with the same lower receiver provided on the standard DDM4V4. Forged from 7075-T6 aluminum and hardcoat anodized, the mil-spec lower features an enhanced, flared magazine well, a quick-detach (QD) sling swivel attachment at the rear, an A2-style pistol grip and an enlarged triggerguard. The trigger and other internal components are all mil-spec. The mil-spec buffer tube offers six length-of-pull positions and utilizes an ‘H,’ or heavy, buffer. Magpul’s MOE buttstock rounds out the lower receiver.

“An 11.5-inch, cold-hammer-forged barrel is mated to the DDM4V4 SBR’s forged upper receiver, which has M4 feed ramps for greater reliability. Chambered for the 5.56mm NATO, chrome-lined and rifled with a 1-in-7-inch twist rate, the barrel is a solid compromise between a shorter, CQB-ready length and optimum ballistics. Daniel Defense caps the barrel with its proprietary flash suppressor. As with standard M4V4 rifles, a 9-inch-long DDM4 Rail covers the pinned, low-profile gas block. With the company’s ‘Bolt-Up System’ and barrel nut, the handguard is one of the most solid units on the market today. Free-floated, it also provides sling attachment points on both sides. It can also be easily removed for maintenance.”

To learn more, check out the September 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally May 27, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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