It took a lot of patience, of which I have little of but it was worth the wait! Ordered back in July, my new M4A1 from Daniel Defense has reached its forever home at AAR Ranch. I received the call yesterday afternoon late that the gun was ready for delivery but unfortunately, I was unable to arrive before the 6pm closing time. No worries, I thought, what’s one more evening?

The shop opened at 10am and yes, I was on the doorstep at 9:55am! We finally met at 10:03am this morning! After examining this incredible specimen, it was obvious to me that after her ride from her birthplace at the Daniel Defense plant in Black Creek, Georgia, she was ready to eat. I lovingly obliged.

Grabbing lane one at my local range, the two of us were finally alone together. Chambered for 5.56, breakfast consisted of an appetizer of 125 rounds of 223 followed by the main course of 250 rounds of Winchester 5.56 green tips. She ate every burst I fed her with no reluctance whatsoever and the felt recoil was nearly non-existent.

I outfitted her right away with an Eotech 512 series HWS. The buttstock in any position was incredibly comfortable. I used the pre-attached single butt pad but the rifle does come with a second butt pad for individual preference. Next time out, I’ll add the second buttstock but I’m pretty sure I’ll be back to the single for permanent use. Hey, ya never know! The RIS II picatinny quad rail provides a comfortable grip regardless of your preferred grip style. This M4A1 is built around the Daniel Defense 14.5 inch Cold Hammer Forged M4 Profile barrel. The permanently attached Daniel Defense Flash Suppressor almost gives the M4A1 the look of a shorter SBR. Everything you have ever read or watched about this incredible M4 from Daniel Defense is spot on.

As I ran through magazine after magazine with everything from single shot to full mag emptying, the DDM4A1 provided a flawless, comfortable and reliable experience with the nearly 400 rounds I fed her. Prior to her arrival, I purchased two DD magazine bulk AR-15 12-packs for a total of 24 DD magazines. Holding 32 rounds of 5.56 while maintaining the standard 30 rd magazine size, I have no need to utilize any other brand in this weapon system. I’ll keep it all in the family. Guess what? It’s all made right here in America at 100 Warfighter Way in Black Creek, GA.

I look forward to doing a full review.

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