Daniel Defense is one of America’s premier manufacturers of AR-15 rifles for civilians, competitors, hunters, and professionals alike.
Daniel Defense was founded in 2001 in Georgia by Marty Daniel, starting with his vision to create custom rifle accessories for his rifle. At that time, he was unable to buy the rail systems he wanted from another manufacturer, so he decided to design and outsource the production of an M4-compatible rail system.
After one year, at the 2003 SHOT Show (the firearm industry’s largest trade show), Daniel met representatives of the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), who incentivized him to submit his product on a bid for an upcoming government contract, issued by the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Marty won the contract.
Today, Daniel Defense manufactures its products in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Georgia that consists of 300,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and office space—consolidating their two previous facilities under one roof.
Daniel Defense remains one of the most popular brands of AR-15 rifles in the U.S., and the business is family-owned and privately held.