Looks like Daniel Defense is on board this caliber also! Got this email from them. Awesome! For many, the start of a new year means the start of a fresh beginning or a time for something new... an improved and exciting change. At Daniel Defense, it could mean the time to launch a new product, or in this case, an opportunity to offer a new caliber. No caliber has created a buzz over the last year like the 300 Blackout. Daniel Defense will offer the 300 Blackout paired with 2011s top selling version, the Daniel Defense M4 V5. Together, they bring excellence to a new level. This new variant will be offered as an option in conjunction with the 5.56. For those of you who arent familiar with the 300 Blackout, allow me to give you the skinny. This round was originally designed to give the shooter a 30 caliber projectile, which could be fired from the AR platform without an increase in magazine size while still utilizing a standard bolt. The 300 Blackout is 7.62x35 which gives the shooter similar ballistic qualities to the .308 and the 7.62x39, the AK round, without having to give up the light weight 5.56/AR platform. In fact, all recent testing has pointed to similar ballistics as the 7.62x39, but the advantage is the 300 Blackout can still utilize the standard AR magazines without a reduction in capacity. Unlike the 7.62x39, the cartridge is still light on the shoulder and has similar recoil to a 5.56. Like what you hear so far? Stand by, because there is more. Test results have shown that the 300 Blackout to be more accurate than the 5.56x45 and M4. When tested at ranges of 100-300 meters, it showed better penetration, better terminal effects, and was a more versatile round. Oh, did I mention that when suppressed the 300 Blackout, 7.62x39, was as quiet as the HK MP-5 SD? Yep, thats right. When suppressed, the 300 Blackout is as quiet as the HK MP-5 SD, which in case you didnt know, fires a 9mm round. So lets review. The 300 Blackout offers increased lethality by offering better penetration, knock down power down range and is offered as a variant option in the top selling Daniel Defense M4 V5. Ill take two! Hollywood movie studios and doomsday prognosticators would have us believe the world, as we know it, will come to an end in the coming year. While 2012 has many fearing for whats to come, the attitude in Black Creek, GA is quite opposite. In addition to a new, ninety-thousand square foot expansion in Ridgeland, SC, we are excited about the highly anticipated DDM4v5-300 AAC Blackout. In an earlier article entitled Art in Design of a Modern Sporting Rifle, I took you on a tour of the engineering lab where ideas transform into actual working prototypes. Transforming specs into a marketable product involves raw materials, programming of machinery, creating special tools, and other logistics. As we embark on the next leg of this tour, youll witness a hunk of metal, what we refer to as a forging; become a Mil-Spec Daniel Defense Semi-Auto Lower Receiver like that standard in the 300 Blackout. Standing on the factory floor, earplugs in, sporting protective eye gear, its important to pay close attention to the raw materials. You may ask where we get the metals for our guns. For the semi-auto lower, it begins with a forging. As you can see, it already resembles the part were manufacturing. By doing it this way we save money, create substantially less waste, while maintaining structural integrity. The forging is placed into one of Daniel Defenses Okuma MB-5000 Horizontal Mills. As a side note, the equipment, plus tooling cost around $650,000. Due to proprietary information and tool with fixture design, I am unable to show you its interior operation. To sum it up, an automated process machines the forging: shaves, grinds, drills, threads, you name it. At the end of the process, youll have a part that looks like what is seen in the picture. Systematically, parts are extracted from every batch and sent to our state-of-the-art Quality Assurance Lab. The CMM (coordinate measuring machine) verifies the unit is machined to precisely the right dimensions. This type of oversight ensures every Daniel Defense rifle, including the 300 Blackout, exceeds expectations. Like icing on the cake, the semi-auto lower receiver is finished with whats called type 3 hard coat anodizing. This finish process augments its durabilitymany times greater than if it were untreated; and gives it that flat black appearance. Taking into consideration the conditions the Daniel Defense rifle is subjected to, the anodizing is vital to the firearms longevity. As you contemplate adding a new AR to the collection in 2012, whether it be the Daniel Defense DDM4v3, v7 or v5-300 AAC Blackout, or one of our other models, rest assure the rifle you choose will be properly engineered, manufactured with the highest grade materials, machined to precise specifications, quality tested, and assembled by the best in the business. To learn more about Daniel Defense, please visit us online at DanielDefense.com.