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DD Ambush (courtesy

Nick’s not a big fan of calling minor variations of an existing gun a “new” firearms. And it’s true that the Daniel Defense Ambush .308 is a package deal using existing bits to tailor an existing gun for a niche market (e.g. a 2-Stage Geissele Super Semi-Automatic Trigger and a Daniel Defense’s Superior Suppression Device Extended).

Even so, I’m highlighting this firearm because it disproves the antis’ argument that AR-style rifles are “assault weapons” only useful for mass murder. The Ambush is a hunting gun, flying the face of Fudds who reject the genre in favor of bolt-action rifles. As for the slightly aggressive name, well, marketing. Which isn’t a crime in the Land of the Free. At least not yet.

Here’s their press release:

Black Creek, GA – Daniel Defense, engineer and manufacturer of the world’s finest firearms and accessories, has released a new .308 rifle designed specifically for North American hunters.

The Daniel Defense Ambush .308 in Kryptek Highlander is an accurate, hard-hitting platform engineered from the ground up to take down any North American big-game animal. And it’s quickly setting a new benchmark for what a hunting rifle should be.

At the rifle’s core is a free-floating, 18” Cold Hammer Forged barrel, which comes standard with Daniel Defense’s Superior Suppression Device Extended, for reduced muzzle-flash. This high-quality barrel connects directly to the upper receiver and free-floating KeyMod handguard with a robust 4-Bolt Connection System with patent pending barrel extension, resulting in increased stability, better accuracy, and reduced weight.

The Ambush .308 is fed via an optimized bolt carrier group featuring a redesigned geometry and a new extremely slick, low-friction coating that ensure smooth, reliable feeding under most any circumstances.


Ambidextrous controls make operating the rifle—including dropping the magazine, releasing the bolt, and switching the safety selector—intuitive and comfortable for right- and left-handed shooters. The charging handle is also ambidextrous, as well as user-configurable, and can be set up on either side with a larger or smaller handle in order to accommodate magnified optics or iron sights for a snag-free setup. Finally, to help hunters deliver on-target shots to bring down their prey, the Ambush .308 has a crisp 2-Stage Geissele Super Semi-Automatic (SSA) Trigger that provides a smooth, precise trigger pull every time.

The highly maneuverable and configurable Daniel Defense Ambush .308 has an overall length between 35.375” and 39”, depending on buttstock adjustment, and weighs only 8.6 pounds. Its rail system features a 15-inch Picatinny top rail and KeyMods at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. The rifle is available in multiple colors /patterns, including and Kryptek Highlander, with plans to offer it in Realtree Xtra pattern soon.

With an MSRP of $2949.00, it is available from stocking Daniel Defense dealers.

About Daniel Defense:

Located in Black Creek, Georgia, Daniel Defense is a leading manufacturer of premium firearms, rail systems, and accessories. Its iconic brand remains unmatched in quality, precision and world-class customer service. President/CEO Marty Daniel founded Daniel Defense, which started out creating rails and accessories for the AR-15 platform in small batches. Today, with two locations and a combined 137,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Daniel Defense continues to make quality rails and accessories and the world’s finest firearms for civilian, law enforcement, and military customers.

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  1. My first AR15, this one in 6.8SPC, was from them. Outstanding gun that has been used to slay just about everything edible in this state. Doubt I’ll ever sell that one.
    Their original marketing slogan was “Don’t just hunt, Ambush”. And they had some of the best T Shirts out there that repeatedly got me some shocked gasps walking through Whole Foods.
    Looks like I need another gas gun.

    • The average Whole Foods customer would be shocked to learn that meat comes from animals.

  2. Ambush will scare Moms Demand Tyranny. Call it the Elmer Fudd with a Warner Brothers hunting scene with Elmer and Buggs.

    • As an aside… or a backside in this case, I’ve often said that if I ever got a tattoo it would be Elmer Fudd on my butt cheek following rabbit tracks down into the crack. Well, just thought I’d share that. Thanks for your time.

  3. I’m sorry, but I can buy a decent ar-10, new trigger, furniture, optic, and give the whole thing a rattle can paint job for half that cost. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure my mossberg patriot($300) will fill the freezer just as well. Just my 2cents.

  4. Too much $$$$ for me. I will stick with my Ruger Precision Rifle and Vortex Viper 6-24×50. Don’t care for the looks either.

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