At the turn of the 21st century, firearms enthusiast and lifelong shooter, Marty Daniel, had multiple concepts and designs he thought would greatly improve his M16 rifle. Unable to find these parts in the commercial market, he designed and created sling loops and rails in small batches and soon found the demand for these types of products was much greater than he could have ever imagined. Thus, Daniel Defense was born.
Marty set aside a small corner of the shop belonging to his other business located in an industrial park in Savannah, Georgia, for Daniel Defense. The newly founded company soon witnessed substantial growth. As forecasted demand justified a larger facility, Marty designed and built a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant located in Black Creek, Georgia.
The next few years proved to be fruitful for Daniel Defense as new and innovative configurations were offered for its brand name Daniel Defense DDM4 Carbine. An expanded line of products meant substantial capital investments, like the acquisition of additional Vertical & Horizontal CNC Machining Centers and the expansion to an additional 90,000 square foot facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina. This positioned Daniel Defense to gain in new advantages in design and manufacturing capabilities.