Daniel Defense announced the company is now selling a new short barrel rifle (SBR) chambered in 300 BLK. The gun is called the DDM4 300S.
According to the company, the gun was designed for “those demanding a high-performance, short barrel rifle chambered in the versatile 300 Blackout cartridge.” As with all of the company’s rifles, the new 300S looks good and sounds like it will be a solid performer.
Daniel Defense has already established themselves as a first rate rifle and component manufacturer, so it was no surprise to visit their booth at SHOT Show this year and find another great design: Â the Daniel Defense ISR.Â The ISR, or Integrally Suppressed Rifle, was designed from the ground up to be one complete package, which I explain below.Â The official model number is DDM4ISR 300.
The Integrated Suppressor (IS)
Matt Mozak of Daniel Defense walked me through the latest, greatest DD rifle.Â The rifle is designed to be a weapon system, and not just a rifle with accessories added.Â To accomplish this, Daniel Defense developed and added their all new Integrated Suppressor (IS).Â The integrated suppressor is threaded, pinned and welded to the rifleâ€™s proprietary lSR gas block, in what Mozak called a monolithic baffel.Â So the IS becomes a permanent part of the rifle, and not simply an interchangeable accessory.Â The length of the barrel and Integrated Suppressor together is 16.145â€.
“What kind of 300 AAC Blackout ammo is there? Â Is this just a flash in the pan, or are there serious loads out there for this cartridge?”
I get a lot of questions from people – in the “real” world and via the internet. Â I figured I would start answering some of those questions as posts so as to help others with similar questions. Â Yesterday, I discussed holsters for the Ruger SR9c, and today I am looking at the 300 Blackout and what kinds of loads are currently being made for it.
In keeping with the 2012 SHOT Show trend, Iâ€™ll be looking at ArmaLiteâ€™s offering in the newer .300 BLK chambering. I got a chance to handle their new rifle at their booth, and I learned a few things along the way. Before getting into the details of the ArmaLite .300 BLK rifle, I thought it would be interesting to share a little history on the AR rifle platform that has become so popular.
ArmaLite was a subdivision of the Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corporation back in the 1950â€™s. The founder was Lockheed corporate counsel George Sullivan, and the companyâ€™s first rifle designs were meant to be â€œlightâ€ survival rifles for downed pilots.
[Aaron caught up with Olympic Arms at the 2012 SHOT Show and took a look at their new K16 300 SST chambered for the 300 BLK cartridge.]
By now most readers will realize that there has been an explosion in rifle offerings in .300 Blackout (BLK). The .300 Blackout cartridge came about to fulfill the desires of shooters who wanted to shoot .30 caliber bullets, but didnâ€™t want to lose the capacity and weight advantages of shooting traditional 5.56mm AR-15â€™s.
The .300 BLK is a very unique .30 caliber cartridge. Instead of bulking up the casing and powder weights to accommodate the .30 caliber bullet, the .300 BLK starts with the same 5.56mm casing that is the standard for AR-15 platforms. From there the casing is necked up, or expanded out at the neck, to accept the .30 caliber bullet. The rest of the casing is the same as the 5.56mm casing along with powder weights. The end result is a .30 caliber bullet fired from basically the same casing as the traditional 5.56mm cartridge.