Larry Vickers' Gun


I'd like to call everyone's attention to a solid posting from our friends at the Soldier Systems blog on the Daniel Defense so-called DDM4.

I had the good fortune to speak with Larry Vickers, the brains behind the new M4 entry from the Savannah, Ga.-based Daniel Defense at SHOT and I've got to say, while the weapon seemed to me from the specs he outlined to be unremarkable, the fact that he's behind the design speaks volumes to me.

Vickers tried to sell me on their Back Up Iron Sight configuration which gives more eye relief and quicker on target performance, but I'm not a high enough caliber shooter to really evaluate that with any insight.Video Game - E3 2009 - Attack of the Show

This entry is good to keep in the record since we're less than a month away from the release of the M4 technical data package that will open the door for competitors of Colt and the entire M4/M16 design to some truly innovative companies just chomping at the bit to deliver an improvement on a fairly old design.


Daniel Defense set out to build the best carbine on the market and they are well on their way. Everything about this rifle meets or exceeds Mil-Spec including such critical items as a 5.56mm chamber, properly staked gas key, as well as a shot peened and Mil-Spec MP tested bolt. Additionally, Daniel Defense has begun to produce hammer forged barrels in house and they have also engineered a number of enhancements into the design such as a flared magazine well, radiused trigger guard, and machines indexing numbers.

Finally, the carbine comes with a Magpul MOE stock and PMAG in addition to a Daniel Defense A2 Style Vertical Grip, Omega X 12.0 FSP, and A1.5 Fixed Rear Sight, all packed in a custom hard case.

Interestingly, the DDM4 was featured on a recent episode of G4TVs Attack of the Show.

The DDM4 section begins at 1:08

The DDM4, a rifle so good it has its own website. Visit for more information.


-- Christian

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