The evolution of a Daniel Defense rifle is always impressive. A shining example of that evolution is the Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK.

While the AR-10 (.308 AR) platform has been around for years, it has only been the last few years the industry has paid significant attention to it. Daniel Defense’s DD5V1 was one of the first to truly focus on weight and, above all, consistent reliability.

DD5V1 to DD5V2

I was privileged to be one of the first to test the DD5 in 2015 and it proved to be accurate and very reliable weighing in at a little more than 8 pounds; very light for the day.

Daniel Defense’s patented barrel attachment was very new for the day. It was simple, yet very strong. Using Daniel Defense’s already proven barrels, the DD5V1 was very accurate. Daniel Defense is still one of the few to use dual extractors on their proprietary bolts.

Over time the company has evolved with precision triggers, ambidextrous safeties, different coatings and several new models. One of its latest is the DD5V2 M-LOK, which I recently tested at the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous held in Montana at the stunning Paws Up Resort.

Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK Features

This rifle represents the latest in Daniel Defense’s evolution of the DD5 platform. Forged receivers house a Geissele Automatics SSA two-stage trigger, an oversized trigger guard and flared magazine well for any SR25-style magazine.

The safety, bolt catch and magazine release are all ambidextrous. The charging handle is ambidextrous and modular, allowing shooters to configure it with different sized extensions.

Daniel’s bolt carrier group and bolt are proprietary and include the company’s dual extractors, oversized cam pin and enhanced ejector technology.

The handguard is 15 inches in length — very strong and light — and obviously includes M-LOK rail compatibility. Attachment using its four-bolt design keeps it free floated, yet very strong.

The barrel is an 18-inch Cold Hammer Forged (CHF) using Daniel Defense’s STW (Strength to Weight) profile, which maintains accuracy and consistency while saving weight. The proprietary barrel extension ensures it stays consistent over thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Threaded 5/8 x 24, Daniel made the barrel to accept various muzzle devices and suppressors. It also comes with Daniel’s flash hider.

Daniel built the rifle on a direct impingement gas system, using a rifle length tube to allow it to run smoother, cooler and with less felt recoil.

Daniel Defense’s excellent stock, grip and mil-spec buffer tuber round out the package. It’s shipped in a full latch impact resistant plastic case with one Magpul 20-round magazine.

Always Improving

Starting with the introduction of the DDM5, Daniel Defense has continued to improve the design making for a more accurate, consistent and reliable-shooting .308 rifle. Having used each evolution at my range or during various events, improvements have always been noticeable.

The Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK is softer shooting and more accurate, yet remains very light.

The handguards have become lighter over time and the M-LOK rail accommodates the latest accessories. Quickly becoming the standard, it allows you to set your DDM5V2 up for most any mission. It also allows for the accommodation of more than a few night-vision devices.

Accuracy with the DD5V2 M-LOK proved excellent. I took it out to 1,000 yards with consistency. It remains one of the most consistently reliable and accurate factory-built AR-10 style rifles you can buy.

Final Thoughts on the Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK

Currently available in either black or deep woods the Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK is perfect for just about any application where a 7.62 NATO (.308 Win) rifle is necessary. The ambidextrous controls allow for use under most any conditions.

If you are looking for a do-it-all 308 AR, this rifle will do the trick very nicely!

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Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK Specs:

  • Caliber/Gauge: 7.62 NATO
  • Barrel: 18 inches
  • OA Length: 39 inches
  • Weight: 8.6 Pounds
  • Sights: Flat Top Rail
  • Stocks/Grips: Daniel Defense Stock and Pistol Grip
  • Action: Direct Impingement
  • Finish: Black Anodized
  • Capacity: Accepts all SR25 pattern Magazines
  • Price: $3,044

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