Millions of Americans choose to defend their families and homes with a firearm but doing so requires the right tool for the job. The new Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW pistol in .300 Blackout is a superior alternative to traditional handguns because it offers improved ballistics, capacity, accuracy and range in a package that is small enough and light enough for everyday carry. Whether at home, work, or play, the American-made Daniel Defense PDW is the last word in personal protection.
As of 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) ruled that an AR-platform rifle with a short barrel and an arm brace did, in fact, meet the requirements of a pistol. In essence, the Daniel Defense PDW falls under the same classification as guns like the Smith & Wesson Shield and the Glock 19. Incidental shoulder contact when firing AR pistols is legal, and so the Daniel Defense can, in most areas, be carried as a concealed personal defense firearm. But the advantages of an AR pistol in .300 Blackout over conventional compact and subcompact 9mm and .45 ACP autoloading pistols are apparent. With both supersonic and subsonic ammunition, the .300 Blackout cartridge exceeds energy levels from a .45 ACP, and the capacity of an AR pistol far exceeds that of even a full-size semiauto striker-fired handgun. What’s more, with the use of an arm brace and an optic the PDW’s accuracy potential far exceeds that of a traditional handgun. The PDW is, simply put, a better defensive weapon than any traditional pistol.
The obvious advantage of AR pistols over carbines is reduced size. With its seven-inch barrel and a minimum overall length of 20 ¾ inches, the Daniel Defense DD4M PDW fits easily inside a backpack for concealed carry. That makes the PDW a more versatile defensive option than any AR carbine, and it still falls under the legal definition and protections of a handgun.
“I believe our new DDM4 PDW is the absolute best gun you can buy to protect your family,” says Daniel Defense President and CEO Marty Daniel. “And protecting our families is the most important thing any of us can ever do. It’s accurate, easy to shoot, and compact. I couldn’t be any prouder of this groundbreaking product.”
Daniel Defense firearms stand out in the crowded AR market because they’re built to the highest standards, and the DDM4 PDW is not exception. Both the upper and lower mil-spec receivers are CNC machined from 7075-T6 and the M16 profile, mil-spec MP tested bolt carrier group is chrome-lined and features a properly staked gas key. The low-profile gas block is CNC machined from 4140 hardened steel and features a mil-spec heavy phosphate coating. The PDW’s pistol-length direct impingement is designed to reliably run a variety of .300 Blackout ammunition.
The PDW’s 7-inch, S2W (Strength-to-Weight) profile cold hammer-forged barrel is made from chrome-moly vanadium steel. It’s chrome lined, mil-spec heavy-phosphate-coated and HP/MPI tested for unmatched durability. The PDW comes with a 1:7-twist barrel, which makes it ideal for shooting the full range of .300 BLK ammo, since it will stabilize the heaviest subsonic bullets yet provides superior performance with faster ammunition. The PDW runs supersonic and subsonic ammo with or without a suppressor.
It’s clear that Daniel Defense designed the PDW to be as shooter friendly as possible. The muzzle is topped with a Daniel Defense Linear Compensator that’s made from 17-4 PH stainless steel and salt-bath black nitride treated for maximum corrosion resistance, and it effectively channels muzzle blast away from the shooter. The MFR XL M-LOK handguard, which is made from CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminum and type III hard coat anodized, offers plenty of grip space on the gun as well as the convenience of M-LOK attachment points for adding lights and other accessories. PDW pistols also come with an SLR M-LOK MOD2 handstop that provides a safe and consistent hold point for the non-shooting hand.