The Daniel Defense DD5V1 rifle in .308 Win.

Daniel Defense has officially released its anticipated far-reaching new .308 rifle. The DD5V1 MSR is chambered in 7.62 x 51 mm NATO and has a bolt and carrier designed with an oversized cam pin, enhanced extractor geometry, and dual ejectors for enhanced reliability, according to a release.

The rifle comes lefty-friendly, including an ambidextrous safety selector, magazine catch, bolt release, and configurable modular charging handle.

There’s an oversized trigger guard so it’s easy to shoot while wearing gloves, and a flared magazine well for smooth reloads.

The rifle takes SR-25 type magazines for a typical capacity of 10, 20, or 25 rounds. On board is a Geissele SSA 2-stage trigger with a smooth 2.5 lbs. take-up and a 2 lb. break.


It’s built to be lightweight, accurate, and customizable with a chrome-moly vanadium 16-inch steel free-floating barrel capped with a DD Superior Suppression Device, which is a combination flash suppressor and compensator, reducing muzzle rise.

There’s plenty of continuous top rail (15 inches) for mounting a high-powered scope or a red-dot sight along with backup iron sights. Plus, there’s keymod attachment points along the forend for more rail sections wherever desired at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions for a tac light, laser sight, on-board range-finder, or whatever you need.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way this rifle turned out,” said Daniel Defense President & CEO Marty Daniel in a press release. “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.”


DD5V1 Specs

Barrel Length: 16 inches

Barrel Material: Chrome-Moly Vanadium steel

Barrel Type: Cold Hammer Forged, Chrome Lined

Rifling Twist: 1:11″

Gas System: Mid-Length

Muzzle Device: DD Superior Suppression Device

Overall Length: 33 3/8 – 37 inches

Weight: 8.3 lbs. (unloaded)

Caliber: 7.62 x 51mm NATO / .308 Win

Rail System: 15″ Picatinny top rail, Keymod attachment points at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions

MSRP: $2,899