Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW: New Pistol & SBR

Days ahead of SHOT Show 2020, Daniel Defense teased a new firearm – something that looked like it could be a PDW.

Well, that’s just what they released. Say hello to the new Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW.

Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW camping with beautiful girl

Available in both pistol and SBR configurations, the AR-style weapon system was designed to be both compact and easy to transport. With a 7″ barrel, the pistol version has an overall length of 20.75″. The SBR is slightly longer at 21.0″. This suggests it should be able to fit into backpacks or specialized weapons packs like the ESS Stealth SBR Backpack.

Daniel Defense PDW SBRDanielDefense PDW Pistol

At launch, the guns were only chambered for the 300 BLK cartridge. Over time, the company could introduce other cartridges depending on customer demand.

Pistol variants are equipped with a Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace in lieu of a rifle stock. SBR versions are NFA items, meaning additional paperwork and tax stamps, but you get a Maxim Defense CQB Gen 7 collapsible stock.

Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW

“I believe our new DDM4 PDW is the absolute best gun you can buy to protect your family. And protecting our families is the most important thing any of us can ever do,” said Daniel Defense President & CEO Marty Daniel. “It’s accurate, easy to shoot, and compact. I couldn’t be any prouder of this groundbreaking product.”

Additional features of these guns:

  • 7″ barrel with 1:7″ twist
  • barrels are cold hammer forged with S2W profile
  • enhanced buffer system that ensure reliable operation with short barrel, subsonic loads and suppressor use
  • 6″ MFR XL flat front rail
  • SLR M-LOK MOD2 handstop
  • linear comp to redirect muzzle blast forward
  • ambidextrous GRIP-N-RIP charging handle
  • Made in the USA (of course)
  • Pistol MSRP: $1,865 (Updated: $2,073)
  • SBR MSRP: $1,935 (Updated: $2,012)

Daniel Defense shipped both versions of the DDM4 PDW starting in February 2020. They are both still in the company’s catalog at this time.

Daniel Defense PDW for home defense

I don’t know about you, but the SBR with a suppressor looks like it would be a fun gun to run and worth the two stamps.

Last Update: September 22, 2021


FN 15 Pistols – New AR-Style Handguns from FN America

FN 15 Pistol

FN America will introduce a new line of AR-style pistols at the SHOT Show next month. The new FN 15 Pistol will be offered in two models. One is chambered in 5.56 NATO while the other will be in 300 BLK. These guns are based on the company’s FN 15 rifles.

FN 15 Pistol 5.56

The new 5.56 pistol will feature a cold hammer forged barrel that is 10.5″ long and capped with an A2-style muzzle device. It has a 1:7″ twist rate, and the bore is chrome lined. The direct impingement gun uses a carbine length gas system with a low profile gas block.

Surrounding the barrel and block is an aluminum handguard with M-LOK attachment points. M-LOK is a Picatinny replacement system developed by Magpul. The handguard has multiple QD sockets for attaching a sling.

Although the above photo does not show it, the company will include an SB Tactical SBX-K pistol stabilizing brace with the handgun. A 30-round Magpul magazine is included with the gun. The company also uses a Magpul pistol grip on this handgun.

FN 15 Pistol 300 BLK

As one might expect, the pistol chambered for the 300 BLK is similar to the 5.56 NATO version. However, the two pistols are not identical.

For example, the 300 BLK pistol uses a 12″ barrel instead of the 10.5″ one used on the 5.56 pistol. This allows the company to use a 1″ longer handguard, which does have M-LOK attachment points on it.

The barrel is cold hammer forged and chrome lined. However, FN America opted to use a pistol length gas system on this gun. It has been my experience that getting 300 BLK to run both supersonic and subsonic reliably from a short barrel gun requires a pistol length system. I would assume FN America selected a pistol length tube for this reason.

Like the 5.56 NATO model, the 300 BLK pistol is equipped with the company’s combat trigger. Also, FN America uses Magpul for the pistol grip and magazine. It also will come with an SBX-K pistol brace.


New Rifle: Skeli X11

new skeli x11 rifle

New rifles like the Skeli X11 are fun. Any time a gun manufacturer deviates from the mainstream, it causes the geek in me to take notice and try to get into the minds of the design team behind the weapon. At first blush, the new X11 promises a number of interesting things to examine and ponder.


New 300 BLK Powder from Hodgdon

Hodgdon CFE BLK powder

Hodgdon announced a new product that might be the best new powder for loading the 300 BLK cartridge. Called the CFE BLK, the new spherical powder was formulated to provide reliable functioning of an AR-style rifle regardless of the bullet weight used. Both super- and subsonic loads are said to work very well with the CFE BLK.



IWI Tavor 300 BLK

IWI US announced the company will show its brand new TAVOR SAR chambered in 300 BLK at the 2016 SHOT Show. According to Michael Kassnar, the VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US, the company has received “a ton of requests” for a TAVOR chambered in 300 BLK.

The new TAVOR rifles will be available with either a 16.5″ or 18″ barrel. The barrels are cold hammer forged from chrome-moly steel. The barrels are chrome lined. Like the original TAVOR in 5.56 NATO, these bullpup rifles use a long stroke piston system.

One of the issues I have run into with some 300 BLK guns is making them run reliably with both super- and subsonic ammunition. The new rifle has a built in gas regulator to allow the shooter to tune the gun for normal or subsonic ammunition.

Since the 300 BLK fits into the same deisgn envelope as the original TAVOR and uses the same magazines as the 5.56 NATO, virtually all existing accessories should work with the new guns. Anything dependent on bullet diameter – such as a muzzle device – are not interchangeable. So, don’t throw a .223 caliber sound suppressor on this gun and expect it to work more than once.

The suggested retail price on the complete rifle is $2,049.

Conversion Kits

In addition to selling a rifle chambered for the .30 caliber cartridge, the company also announced it would sell conversion kits for existing TAVOR rifles. So, if you already own a 5.56 or 9mm TAVOR, you only need buy the conversion kit to run the 300 BLK.

The conversion kits will come with your choice of a 16.5″ or 18″ barrel made of chrome-moly steel, a headspaced bolt and barrel wrench. The barrels are cold hammer forged with a 1:7″ twist and are topped with an A2-style flash hider. The suggested retail price on the conversion kit is $499.

We will try to get more information for you on the TAVOR from the SHOT Show. I’m also looking forward to seeing another bullpup at the show: the Desert Tech MDR.


Personally, I like the company’s newer X95 rifle better than the SAR line. You can read my IWI Tavor X95 review here.