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Daniel Defense. No More Bargains?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Restless28, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. I recently bought a new Daniel Defense XV EZ AR off Gunbroker for $1066. I like to browse GB often and it looks like DD rifles are scarce there, and I even saw a listing that said that the XV EZ is out of production.

    I took a gander at DD's web site, and I don't see any rifles in the $1000 range anymore. They are at least $1200 and up :wow:

    Are they changing their marketing strategy or something? What's up?

    I was thinking of buying another DD, but if I can buy a Colt 6920 for $1000 at Wal-Mart, I'll have to do it.
  2. r3dot


    Sep 6, 2007
    Izzerwat TX
    Can't go wrong with the 6920 from what I've heard. I almost got one.

    From what I've seen with the DD, you're getting an upgraded handguard and flip down sights. So in all reality, it seems that you'd be at about the same price if you added those upgrades to the 6920. Just what I've gathered. I thought about getting the DD, too.

  3. DD are good rifles, but dollar for dollar.......

  4. BBJones


    Mar 2, 2010
    I think there was a surplus of DD rifles for a while and thus some deals. Now seems that surplus has disappeared and prices have gone closer to MSRP. It happens in cycles it seems. If you want a deal now go with one of the quality brands that is lowest price. DD Colt BCM etc
  5. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    It's no secret that demand has increased tremendously and the glut of supply is almost (or is) gone.

    Don't count on 6920's staying in the ~$1K price range for long either... been telling folks that are buying these 'bargain semi-autos" that sort of resemble an M4 that the real bargain are the Colts, DD, BCM, etc.

    But it's not going to last I don't think. Cost of manufacturing alone has been going through the roof.

  6. I may bite the bullet and buy that Colt at Wal-Mart now. I can see logic in Javelin's post.
  7. You won't go wrong...

  8. r3dot


    Sep 6, 2007
    Izzerwat TX
    ^ What optic and handguard are you running?
  9. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Looks like a Troy MRF rail and an ACOG in some kind of mount I don't recognize.
  10. StevieJ


    Jan 16, 2010
    Quad Cities
    I think their prices have gone up recently. It seems like used to be able to get one of their BCG's for around $120. Taking a quick look around they are at $157 now.
  11. I'm glad that I didn't wait on my DD now.
  12. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Some of it is due to SHOT show - distributors tend to clear out inventory around Christmas, and don't buy too heavily until they see what's new at SHOT show, then place orders based on that. Give it a little more time (assuming pre-election hype doesn't get crazy again), then you'll hopefully see prices stabilize and drop a bit more, and see more guns available.
  13. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    I had an A1.5 rear sight from Daniel Defense on my S&W M&P15. It broke. They sent me a new one, the day I called, and had me ship the broken sight back in the box that they sent my new one in. Great customer service. DD is great, and well worth what they're charging now. It'll be my next rifle purchase.
  14. That is excellent customer service! I do like the fact that they are in the next state to me, in Georgia.

    Last night, I did some reading, and saw some negative comments on Colt's customer service. Some even say that Colt considers the civilian market less important at times. I would be curious if anyone here can provide any info on this.

    I know that others will disagree, but I feel like my DD is as good as the Colt.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012
  15. G23Adam

    G23Adam .- -.. .- --

    Oct 1, 2003
    I feel my Daniel Defense rifle is better than a Colt. It's a GTG rifle, same with my Bravo Company and the ones I've built myself.

    As far as the customer service, if Colt built the be all end all perfect rifle, why do they need customer service? The only reason I've called Daniel Defense and Bravo Company is to order more stuff.
  16. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Colt has had business issues for decades.

    The business has split into Colt and Colt Defense.

    Colt Defense is solely for military contracts (which have kept Colt in business for a century or two) and Colt Manufacturing is now (wisely, and a few decades late) chasing down the civilian market again.

    They've been building a new factory in Florida to get away from the jacked up union labor laws which have given them so much trouble over the last sixty years in their current location.

    DD's are nice rifles, i would buy one without hesitation.
  17. I'm credentialed at a few web dealers and I can buy a LE6920 for $945 shipped. What would you do?
  18. cyphertext


    Jan 6, 2004
    I'm guessing the ~$1k price on the 6920 is here to stay for awhile, since Walmart is carrying them now. I'm wondering if Colt is going to start selling to other big box stores, like Academy? It does appear that they are interested in civilian sales again. :dunno:
  19. Chuche2


    Sep 30, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Buy an AR platform rifle now. With tax time and the election year boost parts are starting to dry up. We build AR's and had to hit 2 more distributors last week for build parts in addition to our normal supplier. We buy parts for 100+ rifles at a time.
  20. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    Awesome rifles. Love the arsenal furniture, is it Bulgarian blonde wood?