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Tell me about Del-Ton

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by rolltide_pisco, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. rolltide_pisco

    rolltide_pisco NRA Life Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Western Kentucky
    Was in the gun store today looking for my first AR. I was recommended a Windham and found one pretty plain for $750.

    Then he showed me a Del-Ton DTI-15 Echo MOE. It had a better grip to me and was on sale for $700. Add a carry handle for $40 and it seems to feel right.

    What is the review of Del-Ton?
  2. KalashniKEV


    Sep 24, 2003
    They're awesome!


    Oh... wait, Del-TON?

    Barrel Specifications

    Chambered for 5.56 x 45 mm
    Chrome Moly Vanadium
    M4 Feed Ramps
    16” Length
    1x9 Twist
    A2 Flash Hider
    Manganese Phosphated
    Phosphated under Front Sight Base
    Taper Pins on F-Marked Front Sight Base
    Threaded Muzzle
    M4 Profile

    Bolt and Carrier Specifications

    Phosphated 8620 Steel Carrier Assembly
    Carpenter 158 Bolt HPT/MPI Tested
    Heat Treated and Plated
    Chrome Lined Carrier Interior
    Carrier Key - chrome lined, attached with Grade 8 Screws
    Properly Staked & Sealed Gas Key

    Receiver Specifications

    Upper Receiver:
    Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
    Flat Top with M4 Feed Ramps
    Hard Coat Anodized
    Ejection Port Cover and Round Forward Assist
    Right Hand Ejection
    Bores surface is coated with dry film lube, over the anodized surface

    Lower Receiver:
    Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
    Hard Coat Anodized
    Aluminum Triggerguard
    Aluminum Mag Catch Button

    Other Features and Specs

    Carbine Length Handguards with Aluminum Delta Ring and Single Heat Shield
    M4 6 Position Buttstock made from Reinforced Fiber with Mil-Spec Sized Tube
    Weight: 6.4 lbs Empty
    Length: 36.375” Fully Extended / 32.625” Collapsed

    CARPENTER 158?!?

    Seems way over-spec'd... ;)

  3. They're good for what they offer, a lower cost introductory rifle kind of like the M&P sport. The one I shoot works fine. I'd suggest a Colt or one of the other name brnads over it if you are going to use it often, if it's just a plinker then del-ton will work fine.
  4. hunter 111

    hunter 111

    Jan 29, 2012
    TRAVEL -
    Have an upper
    quality good as Daniels or Bushmaster
  5. MrMurphy

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

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    The name has six letters and a hyphen.

    Pricing could be a lot worse. I wouldn't buy one (or a Windham) or recommend them, but at that price as a 'learner' rifle, not too bad. I'd save $300 more and get a Colt.
  6. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    The ones I have seen have all been very decent. No reason to pop $300 more unless you need to satisfy some other need than a serviceable, reliable AR-15. I use their 16", mid-length barrels, better accuracy than some of the "famous" names.
  7. modestglock26

    modestglock26 sleep w/ a gun

    Aug 2, 2006
    I had a Del Ton Middy a few years ago. I was a good entry AR platform and I only wound up selling it due to a divorce. Never had a failure after about 2-3k rounds, but after that I had to sell.
  8. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    The specs don't look bad but I don't have any personal experience with them. For me it would be a gamble. If it was me, I'd save the extra $$ up and get at least a Colt.
  9. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I have built many an AR using Del-Ton receivers, LPKs, uppers, and barrel assemblies over the last several years. The folks at DTI have been producing some nice quality ARs for several years now. Their Customer Service in fantastic. For what you are looking at, the price is a real bargain. You cannot go wrong with Del-Ton.
  10. KK40384


    Jun 19, 2009
    Have one of their 1:7 chrome lined carbine length gas barrels on one of my builds and I'm impressed. I keep telling myself I'll upgrade it to a "better" barrel and after every trip to the range it changes my mind. Accurate as any barrel out there and at that price hard to beat.
  11. FXD


    Sep 9, 2007
    +1 on the Del-Ton
  12. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I don't know why but every time I see that brand, I associate it with the Delfonics.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2014
  13. huskerbuttons


    Jan 25, 2008
    SW Ohio
    I have one. It's a pretty good shooter, have over 5000 rounds through it. No problems with it. Not as nice as my Stag or Spikes but a good truck gun, which is what I use it for.
  14. rolltide_pisco

    rolltide_pisco NRA Life Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Western Kentucky
    DTI-15 Echo MOE. $699.99 before tax. Added the carry handle and an extra P-Mag.

  15. Turn4811


    Jan 31, 2014
    NE Atlanta
    It is a good range gun or a first AR. You will not outgrow it soon but you may get the bug and it may manifest the desire for a 6.8 or 308 AR platform. It may also open up the custom build of AR for specific use. Be careful out there.:supergrin:
  16. baxsom


    Sep 9, 2013
    One of the biggest complains you will see about Delton in some of the "operator" forums like is the lack of QC of them from the factory. Reports say that the routinely do not stake the gas key or the castle nut, commercial grade receiver extension instead of milspec, CAR buffer instead of a H. Just a bunch of little thing that time and time again people all over the internet are saying they ended up spending more on their DPMS, Bushmaster, Delton than if they would have just bought a Colt or BCM in the first place. I personally owned a Delton and for the longest time it ran fine. Of course it was because I would maybe 100 rounds a trip and then clean it until next time. The first hard core course I put it through where we did over 1K rounds in one day I ended up having to borrow someone's spare rifle because once it got dirty it quit.
  17. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    That's a huge void between those two is it closer to DD or bushmaster?
  18. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    What course fires 1000 rounds in a single day?