Daniel Defense has been selected as the designated service carbine for Texas Parks and Wildlife’s (TPWD) Law Enforcement Division. All Texas game wardens and park police will be issued custom DDM4V7 carbines, with shipments beginning in August 2019.
“We’re honored to be selected by TPWD to provide each of their LE divisions with upgraded service carbines,” said Patrick Kisgen, Daniel Defense vice president of sales. “To be judged against the leading manufacturers in this industry and ultimately be selected as the best, speaks to the quality and performance of our DDM4 platform.”
The rifle TPWD selected is an upgraded version of the Daniel Defense DDM4V7 Mil Spec +. The duty rifle has a16-inch barrel and is a semiautomatic carbine chambered in 5.56 NATO. It features a 15-inch M-Lok handguard, ambidextrous charging handle, swing swivels and an M-Lok Picatinny rail section. TPWD chose to further customize the rifle with the addition of a Radian Weapons Talon ambidextrous safety selector, Magpul MBUS Pro flip-up front and rear sights, a Magpul angled foregrip and ERGO Grips rail covers.
“The solicitation for these firearms began in April of 2019,” said Joe Marler, Daniel Defense law enforcement sales manager. “TPWD ultimately selected our DDM4V7 over its competition for its reliability, durability and accuracy. The versatility of the DDM4V7 makes it the ideal service carbine, as it can be configured to serve in the many diverse roles that law enforcement encounter.”
TPWD has more than 3,500 staff members, including game wardens and parks police branches that undergo 30 weeks of training at the Texas Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, TX, prior to assuming their duties. Daniel Defense will supply more than 700 carbines to the agency before the end of 2019 for official service use across all their law enforcement divisions.