Daniel Defense Limited Series Rifles By: Kat Ainsworth


Guns are task-driven platforms. If you’re looking for a high-quality AR that’s geared for tactical use but quite versatile, the latest from Daniel Defense is worth a closer look. The new Limited Series rifles from the popular gun maker promise to deliver unique, quality guns made to fulfill specific niches while still doing it all. First up is the Daniel Defense Limited Series MK12 Alpine Predator.

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MK12 Alpine Predator

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The MK12 Alpine Predator is the first rifle in the company’s Limited Rifle Program. (Photo credit: Daniel Defense)

The Limited Series Program is a collaborative effort with other well-known, trusted manufacturers with the stated purpose of creating unique, once-in-a-lifetime firearms in limited quantities. The MK12 Alpine Predator is the first rifle of the series.

It’s a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle boasting a bevy of fantastic features. The rifle has an 18-inch stainless steel, cold hammer forged barrel with a 1-in-7 twist rate and DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) finish for resistance to wear. Features include a flared magazine well for smoother reloads, an MK12 low-profile gas block, and a full-length Picatinny rail for easy addition of optics.

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The MK12 Alpine Predator has an M-LOK compatible handguard with a full-length Picatinny rail. (Photo credit: Daniel Defense)

Every MK12 Alpine Predator rifle ships with a Vortex Strike Eagle 3-18×44 optic, meaning the guns are ready to zero and shoot right out of the box, and a Magpul adjustable bipod for a more stable foundation during live fire. In fact, according to the manufacturer, every gun in the series will pair a Daniel Defense firearm with carefully chosen optics, accessories, and custom finishes.

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Each rifle ships with a Vortex optic and cantilever mount. (Photo credit: Daniel Defense)

Regarding the optic included with this rifle, Sawyer Briel, Marketing Communications Manager of Vortex Optics said, “Our new Vortex Strike Eagle 3-18×44 is the perfect complement to this Limited Series Rifle. Just like the MK12, it features a rock-solid build to ensure accuracy, reliability, and repeatable performance.”

Features of the Daniel Defense MK12 Alpine Predator include:

  • Chambered in 5.56 NATO.
  • Fully ambidextrous Mil-Spec lower receiver.
  • Enhanced Flared magazine well to facilitate rapid magazine changes.
  • Rear receiver QD swivel attachment point for easy addition of sling.
  • MultiCam Alpine Cerakote for aesthetic appeal and resistance to wear and tear.
  • Daniel Defense flash suppressor.
  • Grip-n-Rip charging handle body with a 6061-T6 aluminum handle for durability and reliable performance.
  • Daniel Defense buttstock is designed for comfort and to mitigate felt recoil.
  • Magpul adjustable bipod for a more stable platform during live fire.

MSRP of the MK12 Alpine Predator is set at $3499.00.