A definite highlight of Media Day was running two mags of 5.56 full auto through the sub 6-pound Daniel Defense MK18. This excellent little rifle features a 10.3-inch cold hammer forged barrel (1-7 rh twist). The new Daniel Defense furniture on this rifle is pretty nice as well – it’s very ergonomic and features soft touch rubber overmoulding. It feels softer and more “grippy” than the Magpul furniture I’ve been running on my AR . . .
The pistol grip comes with an integrated trigger guard. The pistol grip is made out of injected molded nylon, and has a dual O-ring water-tight storage compartment. The buttstock has interchangeable buttpads and limited rotation QD swivel attachment points on both sides. Nick, Chris and I were all in agreement that if this furniture proves to be rugged and hits the right price point, we will be seeing a lot of it at the local range.
The MK18 also features the Rail Interface System (RIS II):
The RIS is held in place using the patented six bolt “Bolt-Up System” attachment system, which is currently fielded in quantity by various USSOCOM units. This provides a strong free float connection between the receiver and the rail.
Unfortunately, Chris and Nick left me to my lonesome at Media Day, so I didn’t get any video of myself busting caps with the MK18. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised by how controllable the carbine was when shot in short 3-4 round bursts. I experienced some minor muzzle climb, but I suspect with a little more practice that could even be a non-issue. Damn the Hughes Amendment! Damn high ammo prices! At least the semi-auto SBR is available to civilians (with the obligatory $200 donation to Uncle Sam, of course).