At the turn of the 21st century, firearms enthusiast and lifelong shooter, Marty Daniel, had multiple concepts and designs he thought would greatly improve his M16 rifle. Unable to find these parts in the commercial market, he designed and created sling loops and rails in small batches and soon found the demand for these types of products was much greater than he could have ever imagined. Thus, Daniel Defense was born.
Marty set aside a small corner of the shop belonging to his other business located in an industrial park in Savannah, Georgia, for Daniel Defense. The newly founded company soon witnessed substantial growth. As forecasted demand justified a larger facility, Marty designed and built a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant located in Black Creek, Georgia.
The next few years proved to be fruitful for Daniel Defense as new and innovative configurations were offered for its brand name Daniel Defense DDM4 Carbine. An expanded line of products meant substantial capital investments, like the acquisition of additional Vertical & Horizontal CNC Machining Centers and the expansion to an additional 90,000 square foot facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina. This positioned Daniel Defense to gain in new advantages in design and manufacturing capabilities.
One such investment took Daniel Defense to the heart of the rifle—the barrel. No Daniel Defense rifle would be complete without a state-of-the-art barrel. Daniel Defense is one of five companies worldwide that own and operate barrel production cells capable of producing Cold Hammer Forged rifle barrels. With the addition of a second Cold Hammer Forge machine in 2014, Daniel Defense is able to produce over 14,000 barrels a month in multiple calibers and configurations.
A 9,000 square foot expansion to the Black Creek plant in 2014 brought the overall space between both facilities to a combined 137,000 square feet. The additional square footage was needed to accommodate $10 million in new, state-of-the-art equipment. Investment in manufacturing facilities and new, cutting-edge machinery allows Daniel Defense continued growth while meeting customer demand.
These acquisitions demonstrate the Daniel Defense “take no prisoners” mentality and desire to grow as a major player in the commercial rifle market. It’s this mindset that led to Daniel Defense being chosen as the provider of rails for the US Military’s Elite, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as being the sole provider of L85 rails to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. Daniel Defense takes great pride in being masters of design and manufacturing.
Daniel Defense has come a long way since Marty Daniel purchased his first CNC machine. Where the company is today, as a leader in the firearms community, is largely due to the loyalty of their customers and end-users. In fact, they were recognized by INC. 500|5000 Magazine in 2012 and 2013 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America, averaging an annual growth of over one hundred percent. Daniel Defense is committed to always doing the right thing, and providing you with premium Small Arms Solutions.