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    Daniel Defense MK18

    I'm currently in negotiations with HH6(the wife) to get a factory DD MK 18. l'd like to hear what current owners/users have to say about this platform. Please don't turn this into a debate over barrel lengths as I'm set on the 10.3 inch platform. Also bear in mind that future plans for this include suppression and main use is home defense/short range(150-200yds or less) use. Thanks.

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    It feels more front heavy to me than a Mod 0 type upper with the KAC RAS handguard although Im sure they weigh about the same. I think its the perfect size for running a full size 5.56 can.


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    Quote Originally Posted by N.Franklin View Post
    It feels more front heavy to me than a Mod 0 type upper with the KAC RAS handguard although Im sure they weigh about the same. I think its the perfect size for running a full size 5.56 can.

    Awesome. Thanks. This is the kind of end user feedback I like to hear. I got to handle a couple that some 'cool kids' had on my last deployment and really like how they felt.

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    Mine is very high quality and I'm very happy with it. I love the easy maneuverability and the light weight. When shouldered, the muzzle sticks out no more than a pistol would when held in firing position, which is an argument in favor of the SBR for Home Defense.

    I have two complaints / suggestions:

    1. There is no built-in sling attachment point like other rails offer.

    2. Accessories that have to be slid onto a rail, such as the Tango Down VFG (without the Quick-detach), require the removal of the bottom rail.

    I used to have a Battlecomp on mine, which really worked as advertised. I have since removed the Battlecomp because the muzzle blast, combined with the blast from such a short barrel, was too much for my taste.

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    Mine is currently on lock down at the LGS waiting for ATF paperwork:



    However, my buddy (Karmapolice on here) has the factory DD upper on his KAC SBR lower:



    He dicked around with the buffer weight, which caused some issues, but once he went back to the H buffer (what the DD factory gun comes with), there were no more issues. It's very light and quick. I have an SF buddy who was in the shop when I was filling out my paperwork and he says they loved theirs on last deployment.
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    I have the dd mk 18 upper. I have had no problems with it. I run a AAC M4-2000 on it 95% of the time. It just looks like the suppressor is "supposed" to be there.
    Unsuppressed, however; I REALLY prefer my 11.5" BCM upper.
    As a side note, I have had a lot of problems with Geissele triggers (S3G and SD3G) while running these sbr's suppressed. (Failure to reset) Triggers work fine with longer barrels and on the shortys without the can.

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    Thanks for the replies guys I appreciate it. Seems to me from the limited replies that overall this is a very well liked weapon and the plus's outweigh the minus's. Would this be a fair assessment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilneck View Post
    1. There is no built-in sling attachment point like other rails offer.
    That would kinda piss me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by munch520 View Post
    That would kinda piss me off.
    It is easy enough to add a sling attachment point to the rail. I believe on a weapon system like this, a single point sling is probably called for anyway.
    To the OP I don't know that I would say benefits outweigh drawbacks. I mean, it is what it is... short, reliable, and has a high CDI factor. It is also loud and has heavier recoil than slightly longer systems.
    I like mine, but if I could only have one sbr upper, it would prob be an 11.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breadman View Post
    It is easy enough to add a sling attachment point to the rail. I believe on a weapon system like this, a single point sling is probably called for anyway.
    True, DD and the like have sockets for it. I've tried Magpuls RSA too. I was just saying if I sunk that kind of $ into a rail, I'd want sling attachments

    And I have 2 points on everything.

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