Daniel Defense Goes Precision With the Delta 5

We’d all be lying if we didn’t acknowledge that precision shooting is a growing sub-hobby in the collective gun culture. With rifles like the Ruger Precision Rifle making great strides in bringing precision shooting to the masses. Daniel Defense has always been known for creating top-notch AR 15 rifles. They have even scored a few contracts to equip spec ops guys with their rail systems. they are a major player in the AR market but are now branching out into the precision world with their new Delta 5 rifle.

Inside the Delta 5

The Delta 5 is a bolt action rifle designed for precision long range shooting and tactical use. The Delta 5 isn’t a Model 700 or Winchester Model 70 action dressed up in fancy furniture. Daniel Defense designed their own action. What’s cool about this system is the barrel nut and the fact that it sets the headspace. This will allow you to easily swap barrels and potentially calibers with ease.

The bolt has a 60-degree throw and three bolt lugs on a floating bolt head. I can attest than this bolt is fast and easy to throw. The Delta 5 is as smooth as Lando Calrissian. It’s also fast so follow up shots will be easy to make. The addition of a top lug helps prevent binding when running the bolt under an adrenaline surge.

The bolt handle is threaded so you can swap for an aftermarket option. The barrel is a cold hammer forged barrels made form stainless steel. The gun will use AICS pattern magazines and has the magazine released built into the trigger guard. This is pretty neat and allows you swap mags without much movement of the firing arm. The Delta 5 trigger is Timney Elite Hunter and the rifle will premier in 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor.

I think this is a solid way to diversify their market. The AR market is massively saturated with guns. You can build a gun at home these days from an 80% lower for about 500 bucks. Companies need to diversify, even high end AR companies.

MSRP looks to be about $2199.00 for the Delta 5.

Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.