Daniel Defense DD5 V5 Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor

Hey Guys, sorry it has been a while, but I’m working with an agency to get a new site put together with all the bells and whistles expected for a ‘professional’ writer…ok, semi-pro maybe…

In the meantime, please check out my newest review at TheTruthAboutGuns on another fantastic Daniel Defense product, their DD5V5 Sporting Rifle. You can use this link to see the full review!

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Nalpak’s Tuffpak Works!

I guess it shows what kind of sense of humor I have, that I really enjoy writing articles in the ‘Things That Don’t Suck’ series for TheTruthAboutGuns. My latest is on Nalpak’s Tuffpak firearm carrier. Frances and I were once again at the Government Training Institute‘s shooting range. We used the Tuffpak to transport three rifles and a PDW pistol. Its capacity bodes well for when we use it this November to carry three rifles for our Mozambique Safari with Mark Haldane’s Zambeze Delta Safaris! You can check out the review here.
 
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Dateline Black Creek Georgia: Daniel Defense Factory Tour

Here’s a snippet from my article on my tour at the Daniel Defense manufacturing facility:

“I was introduced to Joe Marler (Law Enforcement Sales Manager at Daniel Defense), the host for my visit to the Daniel Defense manufacturing facility, when we both participated in the Government Training Institute Legion‘s ‘Precision Rifle With Elevated Shooting Course‘.”

During the course, Joe and I were paired as we shot from a railing. I could hear him muttering about how my .300 Winchester Magnum was vibrating him off his rest. I told him that he too should be shooting a real-man’s caliber. I guess that is when he found out I was a smart aleck. Even so, Joe seemed pleased to act as my guide for a tour of the Daniel Defense facility near Savannah, Georgia.”

Check out the Video interview with Joe that accompanies my article submitted to TheTruthAboutGuns.com. Particularly listen close to the final quip from Joe…

Daniel Defense DD5V5 – One Accurate AR!

Once again, I find myself with a long queue of articles awaiting publication in TheTruthAboutGuns.com.

This is NOT a complaint or brag, just an observation. Each of these articles has an associated video. Some of the videos are from interviews with manufacturers or hosts for hunting trips. Others record yours truly and/or Frances (my lovely assistant and wife) discussing a product and then using said product.

During this waiting period, I thought it might be good to share the videos, with a brief introduction. I’ll post a link to the full articles at TTAG as soon as they appear.

Today’s offering involves the third Daniel Defense firearm that I was sent to review – this time, their AR-platform DD5V5 rifle.

Frances and I were allowed to again spend time on the Government Training Institute‘s ‘level range’. There we tested the accuracy of the DD5V5, coupled with the Hornady ammunition sent to us by Joe Marler of Daniel Defense and Neal Emery of Hornady; during our workup we fired at targets ranging from 100 yards to >700 yards. Our accuracy at the longest distances averaged ~95%.

On the [Review] Road again…

On Sunday, March 1st, Frances and I head to the Government Training Institute‘s facilities in Barnwell, South Carolina. (No, we are NOT going there for the Presidential Primary!) Chris Lux and the other folks at GTI have given us permission to bring a ton-of-stuff out to review on their ranges.

“What ‘ton-of-stuff’ is being lugged to GTI for reviews?”

Well we are bringing three rifles (1 each from Daniel Defense, H-S Precision and MG Arms), a pistol (also from Daniel Defense), a Tuffpak in which to transport all the firearms, a shooting bench from Royal Stukey, the brand new 4StableSticks fieldrest (for shooting from a sitting/kneeling position) and a set of Electronic Shooters ProtectionSTEALTH‘ ear plugs.

Of course, we also have the LabRadar chronograph, Kestrel 5700X Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, Vortex Razor Spotting Scope and Vortex Fury Rangefinder/Binoculars that we have reviewed before. Oh, and we have been sent over 450 rounds of ammunition; most of the ammo was sent from Neal Emery of Hornady, but we also have reloads for the MG Arms rifle and some Federal cartridges for the pistol.

Our design is to ‘walk’ the rifles out to target distances of up to 700 yards. Cannot wait to shoot all of the firearms, and watch Frances do the same. I am also pumped to see how the firearms, Tuffpak, bench, fieldrest and ear protection perform.

Yes, you are correct. A magical weekend of shooting sh** is about to happen for the Arnolds!

Stay tuned for a ‘ton’ of review articles at TheTruthAboutGuns.com, complete with photographs and videos of each of the products being reviewed!

Gear for GTI reviews

(Please excuse the plastic. There aren’t corpses, we’re just having some painting done in my trophy room/office.)

How to get a photo of a long-gun!

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Not a flattering picture of the photographer, but this is how I often have to position myself and my ‘subject’ when that subject is a long-gun. Those big lights to the right and left of the rifle are soft-boxes. You are likely to have seen these, if you’ve ever set foot in a professional photographer’s studio. No, I am NOT a professional photographer. But, I have asked professional photographers how I could improve my photography.

The professional’s answer, “No subject likes [looks good with] flash photography. So, use indirect light inside [soft-boxes or a window] or shoot your photos outside.”

My photographs have improved greatly since taking that advice to heart. Understand, this is not a reflection of my skill, but of professionals who were willing to mentor a beginner.

And, the results today? The Daniel Defense DD5 rifle, a bear skin and voila!

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Back to Future…Again!

The next DSC Convention video/article has just appeared! This one sees Hornady’s Neal Emery discusses the [re]birth of an aluminum tipped bullet for long range competitive shooters. Check out what Neal has to say here.
 
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Dallas Safari Club’s Annual Convention

Frances and I are in Dallas for the Dallas Safari Club’s annual Convention. We are here to compile video interviews with many of the top names in the hunting and shooting sports. From custom firearm producers like Kerry and Carol O’Day of MG Arms, to Outfitters such as Mark Haldane of Zambeze Delta Safaris to Hornady’s Neal Emery, we will be finding out about some of the newest trends and opportunities for shooters and hunters. We will be posting our videos at TheTruthAboutGuns.com. Stay tuned for what should be a great set of interesting interviews.

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