Daniel Defense is a well-known rifle maker located in the great state of Georgia. They have been designing and building AR-pattern rifles since 2002 and are very, very good at it.
They have many customers in uniform, including the British government, United States SOCOM among many others. Now, however, they’ve departed from the semi-automatic norm by releasing an innovative new rifle aimed at hunting: the DELTA 5 precision bolt gun.
The Delta 5 is extremely well thought out. I say that having handled dozens and dozens of guns for many days at SHOT and now that I’m back in Michigan under a few feet of snow, I can confidently say that the new DELTA 5 was among the best new bolt actions I put to my shoulder.
I had the chance to talk with the parties directly responsible for the development of the DELTA 5 at Daniel Defense. From the company’s website:
Designed with the user in mind. Daniel Defense has taken the modularity of the AR platform and integrated it into a one-of-a-kind bolt action rifle. From an interchangeable cold hammer forged barrel to a user-configurable stock, the DELTA 5 features out-of-the-box customization that would normally require professional gunsmithing. Designed for the user that expects more from their rifle, the DELTA 5 provides the ultimate long range shooting experience from the day its purchased. No custom wait time required.
The introductory model of the DELTA 5 is available in three chamberings: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 7mm-08 Rem. MSRP is $2,199.00. While that may seem steep, it really isn’t considering the rifle’s features and the quality you get from Daniel Defense.
The main feature that makes this rifle worth having is that user-serviceable threaded barrel. You can easily and quickly change your barrel out on your own. And you’ll be able to buy other caliber barrels from DD. That makes this gun ideal for wildcatters and hunters who want one rifle and optic to go from chasing varmints with the little 6.5 Creedmoor or taking on that trophy elk with a 200gr .308 Win.
Each rifle will include one 5-round PMAG.
As far as my initial impressions of the rifle go, I was impressed. The rifle takes the best features of target-style tactical competition guns and blends them with those most desired by hunters. The shape of the adjustable stock is part military, part old-school and it is comfortable on the shoulder.
The action on the models at SHOT at the Daniel Defense booth displayed slick operation and an easy bolt throw. I feel that the bolt handle is a bit large, but I wasn’t out in the field with wet, gloved hands as many end users will be.
Keep your eye out for a more detailed review of the DELTA 5 in the weeks to come.