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Daniel Defense Armorer Course
« on: September 09, 2016, 07:23:41 PM »
I was called out of a class I was teaching today to sign travel papers to attend the Daniel Defense armorer course on 9/25-26. Our team was issued Mk18's last year and we had been promised some armorer slots. I had completely forgot about it and was floored. It includes a tour of the manufacturing facility in Ridgeland, SC, where it's being held.

I am stoked! It's like Disneyland for big kids. If I can take photos I will, but since they do defense contracts, prolly not. I'll certainly do a detailed write up either way.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #1 on: September 09, 2016, 07:26:05 PM »
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 07:34:35 PM »
    Dude... I'd love to take that course.  Do you guys need one more Armorer?
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 07:36:08 PM »
    Cool!
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #4 on: September 09, 2016, 08:33:54 PM »
    Dude... I'd love to take that course.  Do you guys need one more Armorer?


    Sorry. They are sending six of us. I doubt it will get by the admin though. I and the other armorer who are already in the slot for years will still probably get to go.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #5 on: September 09, 2016, 09:27:18 PM »
    They are sending 6?  Wow.  That's awesome.  You guys will have a great time.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #6 on: September 10, 2016, 11:33:25 AM »
    How long is the certification good for?  I highly doubt that any pics will be authorized to be taken during any course...tour maybe possible though.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #7 on: September 10, 2016, 12:09:36 PM »
    How long is the certification good for?  I highly doubt that any pics will be authorized to be taken during any course...tour maybe possible though.

    Not sure the cert duration. I think the last one from Defensive Edge was good for 2 or 3 years. I assume this'll be the same.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #8 on: September 27, 2016, 11:40:26 PM »
    I just got back. It was a blast. As I predicted there were no photos allowed past the foyer but I got a few of the outer area. We got to work on armorer's benches on the assembly floor and interact with their armory staff and quality control staff. We were treated like kings even though we are only a small 100 man department who only purchased a dozen carbines. Joe, the LE sales rep and armorer trainer, taught us both days, bought us lunch both days and led our extensive tours. I've been to a lot of places and never treated so well.

    There are two manufacturing facilities approx 45 minutes apart. The aluminum and polymer fabrication factory is in Ridgeland, SC, and is a very low key incognito place with no outside markings. The weapons assembly, proof testing and final shipping stages are there as well. They fill and ship a FedEx trailer every day.

    We also toured the high profile Black Creek, Georgia facility where the company HQ and steel fabrication are located. It was amazing. My favorite part was the watching the cold hammer forging process. The other cool part was the vault where they keep inactivated trade show specimens on one side and PR loaners sent to gun writers to T&E for write ups. We got to handle and drool over EVERY variant and combination there of you could imagine. I really liked the grey Tornado finish for the Mk18. Sadly enough we didn't get to fire any of them but we do have our own team Mk18's

    In the no man's land between the shipping area and armorer's section, there was a bulletin board with paper plate from a 600 yard shoot. There were 6 shots in a 4" group from a DD5v1 topped with a Leupold Mk4 scope. A 4" group at 600 yds. One day I will have a personal DD5v1. Oh yes, I will.

    As for the Mk18's accuracy, Joe said that US Spec Ops had made several head shots at 300 yards and body shots at 600 yards. Not bad for a 10.5" barrel.

    The only thing they don't do is the parkerization and other coatings. It's farmed out to a sub-contractor but they are planning on expanding and starting a coating & finish section next year.

    Employee morale seemed to be extremely high and not staged as we had the run of the place while working on our assignments and randomly ran in to different staff all day both days.

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    They had a cool core values poster at several prominent locations. I had to sneak this photo.



    They are very pro-military / pro-LE. Most of the staff are veterans.



    We went the 9 Line outlet nearby in Savannah, Georgia. 9 Line does all the DD tees. Savannah is beautiful and reminds me of Charleston, SC. The 9 Line staff was also very enthusiastic and pro LE. I met some of the nicest people all over Georgia and SC no matter where we went.

    « Last Edit: September 28, 2016, 12:35:29 AM by sarge712 »
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #9 on: September 28, 2016, 01:29:28 AM »
    Excellent report - thanks for posting it for us.   :thumbup1    Makes you feel good about doing business with a company like that.   
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #10 on: September 28, 2016, 10:16:19 AM »
    Very cool.  Daniel Defense being my favorite Production AR Maker - Reaffirmed.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #11 on: September 30, 2016, 03:27:44 PM »

    I've always heard great things about Daniel Defense. How was the armorer course itself? Anything interesting or new that you learned?
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #12 on: October 01, 2016, 02:54:36 AM »
    I went to the Crane NSW armorer's course, and there was one guy in my class who had been to the Daniel Defense course, and many of us had been to the one at Colt's.
    The Crane course covers many other guns beyond the AR platforms in the NSW inventory, but the consensus was that DD runs an exceptional armorer's training event.

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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #13 on: October 01, 2016, 10:27:00 AM »
    I've always heard great things about Daniel Defense. How was the armorer course itself? Anything interesting or new that you learned?

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    I can't recall off the top of my head the new stuff but it will come and I will post it. The main thing was lots and lots of disassembly and reassembly on the DD beater guns PLUS the countless times we were presented with a problem and had to solve it on our own. We only had 5 in the class so there was a ton of instructor/student interaction whereas the Sullivan course (the guy who makes the Sully stocks) had 30 in the class and it was hard to get good one on one time.
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    Re: Daniel Defense Armorer Course
    « Reply #14 on: October 01, 2016, 10:34:46 AM »
    I have never heard anything negative about Daniel Defense and if I were going to purchase an AR platform, it would be one of theirs
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