Like many other emerging companies in the firearm industry, Del-Ton began as a result of their passion for AR-15’s. The North Carolina-based manufacturer opened with a small assortment of rifle kits, parts, accessories, and upgrades and has since expanded tremendously. In addition to their wide variety of rifles and firearm paraphernalia, they also devote a remarkable amount of time and energy on their customer satisfaction. Let’s get down to it and take a closer look at the American-made products of the Del-Ton firearms company.
Del-Ton AR 15
While Del-Ton’s collection of AR-15’s aren’t cheap, they are better characterized as budget-friendly, though many of these rifles exceed $1,000. Del-Ton makes most of their sales with the Sport model AR, but there are a few other noteworthy rifles worth checking out. For example, I’m a fan of the DTI Evolution Rifle, though I don’t think I’d cough up the $1,300+. While the Evolution Rifle is a pretty solid choice, there are few features which truly stick out.
|Model: DTI Evolution||Caliber: 5.56 NATO||Capacity: 30 Rounds|
|Barrel: 16” Length, 1:9 Twist|
|Overall Length: 35 5/8” Fully Extended, 32 3/8” Collapsed|
|Weight: 6.8 lbs. (Unloaded)|
|Finish: Hard Coat Anodized||Sights: Samson Folding Front|
& Dual Aperture Rear
I have an old friend who owns an Alpha 320G and he let me take his Del-Ton rifle out for a spin. My first impression of the 20” DTI Government Profile Rifle was that it took the more traditional approach and looks more like an original pre-ban Colt AR-15. I’m usually not such a fan of these styles, mostly because of their fixed A2 stocks and standard length handguard. Nevertheless, several hundred rounds down the range and a few torture tests leads me to believe these rifles simply won’t fail, jam, or let you down.
|Model: Alpha 320G||Caliber: 5.56 NATO||Capacity: 30 Rounds|
|Barrel: 20” Length, 1:9 Twist||Overall Length: 39.5”||Weight: 7.4 lbs. (Unloaded)|
|Finish: Hard Coat Anodized||Sights: Phosphated under F-marked Front||MSRP: $821.92|
The formidable, lightweight, and overall impressive Del-Ton Sport Mod 2 is the American rifle you ought to consider. It’s modern, it’s sleek, it’s sexy, and it’s affordable. The North Carolina-based gunmaker incorporated several high-end features and materials that make the Sport Mod 2 a solid choice for home defense, competition, or recreational shooting. In addition to its melonite steel barrel, phosphate steel carrier assembly, and forged 7075 T6 aluminum upper receiver, Del-Ton made several durability upgrades that can’t be overlooked. At the end of the day, it’s a pretty solid budget-friendly rifle that’s great for beginners.
|Model: DTI Sport Mod 2||Caliber: 5.56 NATO||Capacity: 30 Rounds|
|Barrel: 16” Length, 1:9 Twist||Overall Length: 36.375” Fully Extended, 32.625” Collapsed||Weight: 5.8 lbs. (Unloaded)|
|Finish: Hard Coat Anodized||Sights: A2 Front, Mako Rear||MSRP: $674.24|
Del-Ton Echo 316
The Echo 316 rifle is Del-Ton’s blend of modern performance and classic style. The American-made is AR-15 is reminiscent of the Bushmaster XM-15 but comes with a rather modest price-tag. The highly-rated and budget-friendly Echo 316 has some surprising premium features, common in rifles twice its price, making it a solid option for competition, hunting, recreation, and defense.
|Model: Echo 316||Caliber: 5.56 NATO||Capacity: 30 Rounds|
|Barrel: 16” Length, 1:9 Twist||Overall Length: 36.375” Fully Extended, 32.625” Collapsed||Weight: 6.2 lbs. (Unloaded)|
|Finish: Hard Coat Anodized||Sights: Phosphated under F-marked Front||MSRP: $753.42|
I can’t say that Del-Ton exceeded my expectations, but I was pleased with their budget-friendly rifles. I’m not saying the Del-Ton rifles don’t have their place in certain collections, but they’re not firearms I would invest in. Lastly, I don’t think Del-Ton is done. I believe the North Carolina gunmaker will improve year after year until they can compete with more established brands.
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