Short But Mighty
Here at Green Mountain Defense we are not paid to review products. We don't get gear for free in exchange for a positive review. What we do is train and use equipment in the field. If you see something reviewed on this sight you can rest assured we bought it and we would buy it again!
Ok so clearly we have a thing for Daniel Defense here at Green Mountain Defense. We did a whole series on the M4V7. We reviewed this pistol. Recently we even got in a DD5v1 308 to test. Reliability is priority numero uno here. These rifles are the Glock of the black rifle market. That's right they are super reliable. The only notable reliability issue I have ever had with a Daniel Defense product was with a batch of severely out of spec ammo.
For me these guns have churned through classes (both taught and taken) and countless range trips. Some don't like that DD over sizes their gas port stating that it may aid in reliability but causes issues with longevity and recoil. Through literally thousands and thousands of rounds I have simply not found that to be the case.
The constant nock on DD products is the claim that folks could "build" or buy something as good or better for a fraction of the cost. I'll address the "build" statement first. Unless you are running a mill you aren't "building" shit. Guys that assemble parts kits and call them builds tend to frustrate me a tad. If you're drilling out an 80% lower and doing everything else id call it a build. Bottom line I think it would be hard to assemble the components found in a DD rifle and build it yourself. Especially for the average end user.
As for the buy part of the above value proposition this one gets a little further into reality. Son's of Liberty, BCM, POF, Knights, Hodge, and spikes all make rifles for the retail consumer that either match or in some cases may even exceed the quality proposition of a DD rifle. At least now we are in the realm of speaking about apples to apples. I guess it comes down to Ford or Chevy. They both make a good truck.
Pistol VS SBR
I have chosen to keep this firearm in its original "pistol" form. Mainly because the SBA3 Brace is available now and it really does function quite well as an adjustable "brace". No need for un needed paperwork. Plus in pistol form this thing can travel on a moments notice to most of free America with no hassles.
My rifle accessory philosophy is really quite simple. Everything you need and nothing you don't.
KDG Sidelok Mount
Magpul MS3 Sling
BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle (ambi)
Surfire X300 U 1k Lumen Pistol Light.
The only tool in the above list that might come off as contreversial according to the Tactical Timothys of the world is my choice of light system. There are reasons for my choice. The first being that this gun serves a home defense role for me. Its envelope of distance and throw is really no different than that of a Glock 19 inside of my home and as such a pistol light does just fine. Also, everything else about this gun is AMBI. By placing the light on the top rail like I do it is ambi and in the correct place to operate from either shoulder. This is a benefit because I'm a southpaw while the wife is a normal person.