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DDM4®V7® LW is available for purchase in increments of 1

Additional Information

Manufacturing # / SKU 02-128-02241-047
Restricted Shipping Yes
Caliber 5.56mm NATO
Muzzle Thread 1⁄2×28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
Gas System Mid-length
Barrel Length 16"
Profile Lightweight
Product Weight 6.05 lbs
Length 32 ¼” – 35 7/8”
Magazine DD Magazine
Case Daniel Defense Full-Latch Impact Plastic Case
Manufacturer Daniel Defense

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The Daniel Defense V7 LW is the first rifle in the DDM4 lineup to feature the M-LOK® attachment technology with the Daniel Defense MFR 15.0 rail. Built around a Cold Hammer Forged, 16” lightweight profile barrel, the V7 has a DD improved Flash Suppressor to reduce flash signature. The mid-length gas system provides smooth and reliable cycling under any condition and reduces both perceived recoil and wear on moving parts.  A free-floating MFR 15.0 handguard offers incredible weight savings as well as superior cooling, ergonomics, and modularity while maintaining the strength and durability expected from Daniel Defense. With the M-LOK attachment points that run along 7 positions and an uninterrupted 1913 Picatinny rail on top, the V7 LW has plenty of room for the sights, optics, and accessories the user may require.  The rifle is finished off with the rugged and comfortable Daniel Defense Buttstock and Pistol grip.


  • LOWER RECEIVER: Mil-Spec with Enhanced Flared Magazine Well and Rear Receiver QD Swivel Attachment Point. CNC Machined of 7075-T6 Aluminum, Type III Hard Coat Anodized
  • UPPER RECEIVER: Mil-Spec with Indexing Marks and M4 Feed Ramps. CNC Machined of 7075-T6 Aluminum, Type III Hard Coat Anodized
  • BARREL: Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel, Cold Hammer Forged, 1:7 Twist, 16″ Lightweight Profile, Mid-length Gas System, Chrome Lined, Mil-Spec Heavy Phosphate Coated, and HP/MPI Tested
  • GAS SYSTEM: Pinned Low Profile Gas Block CNC Machined of 4140 hardened steel and Mil-Spec Heavy Phosphate Coating, Mid-length, Direct Impingement
  • MUZZLE DEVICE: Daniel Defense Flash Suppressor, 17-4 PH Stainless Steel, Salt Bath Nitride Finished
  • BOLT CARRIER GROUP: M16 Profile, Mil-Spec MP Tested, Chrome Lined, Properly Staked Gas Key
  • BUFFER: H Buffer
  • SIGHTS: Sold Separately
  • HANDGUARD: Daniel Defense MFR 15.0, CNC Machined of 6061-T6 Aluminum, M-LOK Attachment, Type III Hard Coat Anodized
  • RECEIVER EXTENSION: 6 Position Mil-Spec 7075-T6 Aluminum
  • BUTTSTOCK: Daniel Defense Buttstock, Glass Filled Polymer with Soft Touch Overmolding
  • PISTOL GRIP: Daniel Defense Pistol Grip, Glass Filled Polymer with Soft Touch Overmolding
  • Made in the USA!

All Daniel Defense products carry a 100% satisfaction guarantee against defects in original materials and workmanship. If your Daniel Defense product shows evidence of such defects, Daniel Defense will make every accommodation to fix, repair, or replace your product in the most expeditious manner possible. Daniel Defense does not warranty products or damage caused to our products by the correct or incorrect installation of other manufacturer’s products. Be sure to retain your sales slip as proof of purchase date when making a claim.

Product Reviews

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Duty Weapon
This is my first DD but definitely not my first rifle chambered in 5.56. Compared to my other rifle/s, DDM4V7 LW is not far behind in craftsmanship and finish, not among the best but better than most. The unique DD furniture is great, love the pistol grip and the stock! This rifle is definitely lighter and easier to throw around. For the price, this rifle should came in with DD fixed iron sights out-of-the-box. Lastly, there is an annoying wiggle between upper and lower receivers which was absolutely unexpected on a rifle at this price point. Nevertheless, it should be fine as there's always an easy fix.
Review by Magdalo / (Posted on 9/11/2018)
Awesome rifle
I just purchased my very first Daniel Defense rifle, the DDM4V7 LW, and I love it!!! And this will not be the last item I’ll buy from you! Absolutely awesome
Review by Scoutcop / (Posted on 8/9/2018)
Great Quality Rifle
Love my V7 LW! Daniel Defense has some of the best rifles you can buy.
Lightweight and accurate and built tough.
Saving up to get my next DD Rifle.
Review by LowVoltageTech / (Posted on 4/21/2018)
Excellent overall package that shoots better than I would expect out of a light weight profile barrel.
I own a pair of V7lw's. I use one at work as an inter-city LEO. It is my Dept approved Patrol Rifle. The only issue is that previous production Gen3 PMAG's (purchased prior to 2016 election) do not drop free from the DD maxwell's. I've found that your maxwells are a bit tighter than the Colt mag wells, or the S&W maxwells I've checked on agency owned rifles.

Newly produced gen3 PMAGs do drop free from my DD rifles.

Other than that, I have no complaints. One must realize that the individual parts of the V7lw are ok. But the combined package really has to be experienced to be appreciated. One can not fully appreciate the package that is this gun by just surfing the web.

I manage my Agency's Canine unit. As such, I often accompany one of my handlers on a canine track when going after armed violent Felon's. This is when the overall weight and balance of this gun shines. Going along a 30 minute plus canine track up through woods, over fences, climbing, ect. and often having to bring the gun to the ready position throughout as you approach blind spots, redefines the need for a light weight balanced gun that can be counted on.

If something were to happen to my DDV7, I'd replace it with the same model without a second's hesitation.
Review by Chad / (Posted on 1/25/2018)
Great company
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars across the board is the fit and finish isn’t what you would expect from a gun at this price point. However after a little adjustment and alignment it is a great shooting rifle. Possibly my favorite rifle I own overall. It would be nice if it came with a set of irons! But overall I would definitely suggest it to a friend! Their customer service.... WOW !! I really can’t say enough good about their customer service. Top notch !
Review by Mike / (Posted on 1/23/2018)
Buy this,you won't be disappointed
If I were to build one this is it
Review by Nucks / (Posted on 1/8/2018)
Awesome AR for the money
I have have several AR's from Colt to S&W And this V7 is by far my favorite. The fit and finish is fantastic. It runs flawlessly. I love it. Thanks
Review by Mr Fred / (Posted on 12/25/2017)
Hight quality accurate rifle
this was a gift from my wife, total quality I would highly recommend Daniel Defense.
Review by Hammer1212 / (Posted on 12/13/2017)
Great customer service
I had a lot of questions so I called Daniel defense phone number and the first person I talked with could not answer my questions so he got another person who could . They both stayed on the line until I was happy ! So I went ahead and purchased the ddm4v7lw the next day .
All I can say is dd has great customer service and the rifle is top quality . Don't hesitate to buy a dd rifle , so far it shoots 1moa with m262 77 gr

Review by Rogerdodger / (Posted on 4/15/2017)
I purchased the DD V7lw and I love it. I own a DD5 .308 and a DD v11. I will never own another rifle other than a Daniel Defense.
Review by Liken1 / (Posted on 2/11/2017)
You will not regret it.
Shopped around the bountiful options that we are lucky to have but always ended up coming back to the DDv7LW. The quality control and overall production value of this gun will not let you down. You can tell no shortcuts were taken and DD left no stone unturned. The gun is definitely on the higher side of most AR15's but when you pick one up for yourself you will know why.

I do not regret spending the extra change at all and couldn't be happier. Shooting this gun made me even more addicted to shooting.
Review by person / (Posted on 2/8/2017)
Quality, accurate, strong, smooth operation, comfortable
Own a colt and Bushmaster, M4V7 is my first DD. completely satisfied with its performance, durability and accuracy. Former Marine who worked as an armorer, 24 yrs law enforcement and firearms instructor. Had my hands on a few ARs in my day. DD takes the cake. After I purchased the rifle I gave it a good cleaning, mounted an aimpoint micro with Troy flip up battle sights and Gerry Miculek compensator then headed to the range putting 700 rounds of quality ammo through it, cleaned and inspected it then put another 800 rounds through it the following day. 1500 rds of 556,Great weapon, tight groups from beginning to end, no malfunctions at all, smooth operation, love the mid length gas system, a very comfortable weapon. After 1500 rds I took it completely apart cleaned and inspected again. Didn't even break a gas ring during break in and pushed the weapon hard. Nice and cold 20s to help keep it cool. Tough and Well built, I will be purchasing another one and highly recommend DD,when your life depends on it. You get what you pay for.
Review by Kling. / (Posted on 12/27/2016)
Overall, very pleased with the V7.
I've had a few minor QA issues with mine; however, DD is very quick at turn around when compared to other firearm companies. I think mine is finally at 100% now after receiving it back (after about 10 days, very good service). They replaced the barrel and upper due to potential accuracy issues. I got a decent deal on mine so not too bad on price, but overall a bit high for what it is on average. One thing I can say is I've never had the weapon fail at cycling or feeding, not once. I suppose that's one thing we pay for in terms of price, reliability.
Review by Crunch / (Posted on 12/13/2016)
Best weapon I own....
I cannot say enough about the quality of my DDMV7. This is my 1st AR rifle. It has been 30 years since I held my M16 in the military. I was concerned Clinton was going to win the election. I felt she would destroy our 2nd amendment and remove assault rifles from the general public. So I researched AR's, and DD was my choice. I put one on layaway and 3 months later I finally go it. After shooting it, I can only describe it as "sweet addiction". The quality, the feel, the rapid fire, unbelievable. I got to work the next day and I told all of my hunting buddies, you must get an AR and I highly recommend DD. Thank you for making this old veteran a really happy guy.....
Review by Randy / (Posted on 11/13/2016)
Unmatched Quality
Superior performance from this firearm. The unmatched quality from Daniel defense is well worth the price premium. I do wish it came from the factory with iron sights, so a negative on that but the remaining 99% of this firearm is pristine.
Review by RLTW / (Posted on 10/21/2016)
Its an amazing rifle
I bought this rifle new out of the box for $1370 for my FFL dealer and was disappointed that it didn't come factory with Daniel Defense flip up iron sights that's all I have negative to say about my purchase. I put an EOTech xps-1 holographic sight on it and some magpul backup iron sights I really love the M-lock rail system but getting quality rails for it was a bit difficult I have shot it fast and a lot and haven't had one hiccup while running drills with it the platform is light and sturdy and allows for heat to disperse away from operators hands I really love it and recommend it to all my friends wanting to buy a self defense, competition, or hunting rifle. If This platform was available in .308 it would be an all purpose rifle.
Review by BigBen / (Posted on 10/1/2016)
Highly recommended
This is my first AR. Incredibly lightweight. MLOK rail is thin and comfortable. I was surprised how the rail never gets hot. It gets warm but remains easy to handle since it cools down quickly.

Ergonomics are fantastic. I was skeptical of the rubber on the grip and stock but it is built very well. The rubber grip just molds to your hand.
Review by Holden Caulfield / (Posted on 9/10/2016)
Perfection at its finest
Review by Phill gym / (Posted on 7/29/2016)
Fantastic Rifle
When you pick up this rifle, you know you are holding a high-quality, well-built firearm. It is light weight, but feels rugged and inspires confidence. The MLok rail is outstanding with plenty of area to add accessories. I added BUIS and a Trijicon MRO to mine. Still incredibly lightweight and mobile. An absolute joy to shoot. Awesome rifle! Very impressed with Daniel Defense. This gun is at the front of my gun safe for a reason--it's my favorite.
Review by Tallcapt / (Posted on 7/21/2016)
Great Gun
I just received my V7! initial thoughts was about the weight! crazy to have a factory rifle this lightweight. The ergonomics are just as good as any other DD. This is my fourth Daniel Defense and I am in love with them. They are the best AR on the market for the money. Great value.
Review by Luke Guns / (Posted on 6/17/2016)
Original DDM4 V7 LW is a winner, hope the 'New, Improved version turns out
DD's original DDM4 V7 LW is one of my favorite rifles. Tough but lightweight, it is an exceptionally fast handling platform. With just a T-1 and a Surefire on it ... and a good trigger group in it, it's everything you need to work from Bad Breath close out to a minimum of 300 meters. As a (now retired) SWAT Dog, I've always been into high quality, functional kit. Daniel Defense builds a good product. Taken to the next level with quality aftermarket parts makes their DDM4 V7 LW OUTSTANDING!
I easily have in excess of 10k rounds in mine...
Review by Capt. Infidel / (Posted on 4/5/2016)
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