Daniel Defense M4 Torture Test
Daniel Defense understands that not all rifles are going to sit in a safe, perfectly clean, well lubricated, and under the umbrella of rust preventing desiccant bags. When in the hands of those protecting our country and our streets, these rifles will be subject to the elements of nature and flat out physically abused. The video you are about to watch will depict some of the harshest conditions these rifles will ever encounter. Over a two day period, we captured incredibly intense torture tests of our Daniel Defense M4 Carbine, Version 1. The torture test is broken down into the various tests performed by Daniel Defense employees and Larry Vickers. These are legitimate, no BS tests performed to gauge the durability of the Daniel Defense M4. The various tests are made to simulate real world environments, situations, and extreme circumstances.
WARNING! The following video contains torture tests performed by trained professionals. Attempting to perform these tests on your own may lead to serious injury or death to the operator or persons nearby. Intentional damage sustained to your Daniel Defense M4 carbine is not covered under your warranty.
Torture Test Structure
DISCLAIMER - FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL PERSONNEL PRESENT FOR THIS TORTURE TEST EVOLUTION, THE MUZZLE WILL BE TAPED TO PROHIBIT ANY DEBRIS FROM ENTERING THE BARREL, THUS CAUSING ANY CATASTROPHIC FAILURES.
The Dirt Test will simulate the introduction of dirt and debris into the action of the rifle. In today’s combat theater, firearms are subject to dry, harsh, desert like conditions. Dirt, especially sand, is very abrasive by nature, and typically has a negative effect on the reliability of a firearm. In this test, we will bury our M4 Carbine under a heavy layer of dirt. After a predetermined period of time, we will remove the rifle from the dirt, visually inspect it to ensure it is safe to fire, chamber a round, and engage a steel target at 50 yards. The purpose of this test is to prove that our rifle will remain reliable and accurate even after being buried.
The Water Test has been designed to simulate the conditions of marine/waterborne operations. Not all combat insertions are in land locked locations. A lot of times, units are deployed by sea, in which the war fighter will have to exit a watercraft and approach a shoreline with all of his gear and weapons. In this scenario, it is highly likely that water will make it into the action, barrel, and gas tube of the firearm which can be very dangerous and can cause serious malfunctions. With a lanyard attached, we will submerge our M4 Carbine into a body of water. After a predetermined period of time, we will remove the rifle from the water, visually inspect it to ensure it is safe to fire and drain any water that made it into the barrel and gas tube but holding the bolt to the rear. After a brief pause, we will chamber a round, and engage a steel target at 50 yards. The purpose of this test is to prove that our rifle will remain reliable and accurate even after being submerged in a body of water.
On today’s battle field, it is all too common for our soldiers to be subject to RPGs, IEDs, and VBIEDs. These devices being very destructive by nature tend to create a lot of shrapnel that is devastatingly harmful to the war fighter and his equipment. A hard hit by shrapnel can render a firearm useless. This test has been designed to simulate a shrapnel blast. With the use of a 12 gauge shotgun, we will shoot the rifle with #8 Lead Bird Shot from 15 yards away. After the rifle has taken a direct broadside hit, it will be visually inspected for safety and to assess damage. Once the rifle has been deemed safe to shoot, a round will be chambered and we will engage a steel target at 50 yards to ensure proper function and accuracy are still attainable.
What’s not torturous about using a rifle as a speed bump? The rollover test was created to simulate a rifle falling from a vehicle and being ran over by a trailing vehicle. In the event a rifle is ejected from a moving vehicle in a convoy, it is possible that a following vehicle could run it over. The first part of this test is a slow rollover with the rifle laying on a dirt road surface. In the sequel to the dirt rollover test, the rifle will be launched out of the back of a vehicle onto a gravel road surface and ran over by a trailing Jeep at a speed of 20 MPH. After each rollover, the rifle will be inspected for damage. Once the rifle has been inspected, we will attempt to chamber a round and engage steel targets at 50 yards to verify function and accuracy.
Mortars and RPG’s are a way of life in Afghanistan and Iraq for our soldiers. Here, we are going to test how a DDM4 holds up to a sizable blast of 25 lbs of commercially available product called Southern Thunder. With the rifle slung on a steel target only 5 feet from the charge, we will detonate the charge with a single rifle round from 100 yards away. At the conclusion of this test, we will visually inspect the rifle for damage, chamber a round, and attempt to engage a steel target at 50 yards.
The Drop Tests are designed to simulate a rifle taking a fall from various heights. There are going to be times when your rifle isn’t slung on your body, thus making it more susceptible to taking a fall. It could be that you are climbing in or out of a window, exiting a vehicle, jumping out of a plane, etc. This is a three part test. The first being a drop 6 feet, the second from approximately 30 feet, and the third test from more than 100 feet high! At the conclusion of each test, we will visually inspect the rifle for damage, chamber a round, and attempt to engage a steel target at 50 yards.