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DDM4 V7 New Skin

Black rifles are habitually discriminated against so, as per normal, the new DD rifle got a new skin. Yes, it’s rattle can, as every rifle should get.

The Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 is a lightweight profile with these components:

  • Battlelink minimalist stock
  • AIM Surplus NiB BCG
  • Truglo Trutec red dot optic
  • PSA Milspec single-side selector switch
  • Protac 1000 lum light w/tape switch
  • Cloud Defensive tape switch mount
  • Magpul MBUS Pro iron sights
  • Blue Force Gear Vickers padded sling
  • CMC straight 3.5lb drop-in trigger
  • Odin Works Atlas 5 muzzle brake
  • Raptor ambi charging handle
 

DDM4 V7

 

Rifle Bill Drills

Now that the new DDM4 V7 is all setup I took it out to try and make it fail with reloads, mag dumps, and other fast-shooting strings. Part of that was a series of Bill drills. Here are a few runs. I dig how the muzzle stays pretty darn still (Odin Works Atlas 5 FTW!). Hits here at 15 yards were all hand-sized groups or smaller. I’m quite sure I could do fist or smaller if I were trying. Love this rifle!

Muzzle Device is the Odin Works Atlas 5, trigger is the CMC 3.5 straight trigger, all on my Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 lightweight model.

You’ll notice here that my irons are down. That’s an anomaly, as I put them down for when I re-confirmed zero before training. Just didn’t put them back up, but I typically keep front and rear up 100% of the time when using my red-dot optic.

Pistol Drill: Restaurant Defense at 20 Yards

This is a simple drill for exiting a restaurant seat to take a lower profile and put a couple rounds on target at 20 yards (presumably after having told your friends or family members to find floor behind cover away from you) on a half-size torso target (the little red one).

It’s just a drill to practice efficient, safe movement for direct engagement. It’s about technique rather than realism. This is not a scenario drill that accounts for lines of sight or other people. Technical skill first.

Pistol Drill: Two at 20 Yards from “Hostage” Position

This is a simple drill that works from a prone, “hostage” position. Moving quickly to cover, clearing garments, and getting the gun up and putting critical hits on target at 20 yards in just a couple of seconds involves a lot of kinetic skills. Good practice.

I did 50-ish reps of this one today. When I replace the magazine, I just rack the slide and don’t worry about the lost round. It’s best to chamber a round regardless of whether or not there’s one already in the chamber. I just had a gunfight and likely have no idea how many rounds I fired. Gas it up and chamber a round to be certain.

Four From Cover

by Andy Rutledge 1 Comment

This is a drill to practice good hits at medium range from different angles while using cover.

The point here is to properly use cover of an odd configuration to engage a target several times while never emerging from the same place twice. Four shots from four different positions forces you to learn to use your body to provide a stable platform based on what the cover requires of you…all while maintaining good accuracy on a small-ish target (here 8″) at medium range (in this case, 23 yards).

You’ll notice that I finish with covered sul position. This is so that I can scan my area for more threats while not looking like a deadly threat to friendlies in the vicinity. Most folks won’t even notice that there’s a gun in my hand (have a care not to unnecessarily frighten folks when you’re doing good).

Three Compromised Positions

This week’s drill works on ground mobility/dexterity and marksmanship from compromised positions. Good to know how to handle shooting from your back and while prone. I had to spend an extra round or two in each of these reps. MOAR TRAINING.

Wearing some knee/elbow pads, as ~35 reps of this drill is a bit punishing on the skin!

My Shooting Review of the Ruger Security-9

My Shooting Review of the Ruger Security-9

Ruger has recently been on fire, coming out with interesting and even compelling new firearms in quick succession. At a time when so many manufacturers are missing the boat, it’s good to see an American gun manufacturer doing some good things.

One of the new releases from Ruger is a compact 9mm pistol, the Security-9. It’s a double-stack, mid-sized pistol that very closely follows the dimensions of the Glock 19, but in a hammer-fired configuration that doesn’t show the hammer (it’s internal). The exterior and interior of the Security-9 make it seem very much like a larger version of the LCP II. But since it so closely mimics the Glock 19, it would seem to be a direct challenger…for nearly half the price!

Why Consider the Ruger Security-9?

Price and size vs. capacity would seem to be the strongest reasons to consider the Security-9. Its height, width, and length are almost identical to the G19 and it has the same 15+1 capacity. However, instead of a $500-$600 price tag, the Ruger comes in at $289-$380 (I’ve seen $289 already)…

Read the full review at the Eagle Gun Range Blog »