A Sig MCX Virtus 300BO at LEO pricing caught my eye a few days ago. It was $2287+ tax. I researched it, thought about it and sat on it for a couple of days. I finally decided I would buy it but when I went to buy it it was gone! As they say think long, think wrong.
The whole experience did pique my interest in the platform so I started looking around for another one. I did find a few at regular pricing but most of them were in the $2600-2700 price range if they were in stock. Then I found one at Proven Outfitters for $2300 at LEO pricing but they included one not so little detail the original place omitted. The LEO version does not come with a brace! You have to buy it separately which is an additional $150-225 depending on the model and, incidentally, the one I would want is backordered.
I started looking at the IWI Galil ACE pistol in 7.62x39. I have the rifle version and it's a fine weapon but the soviet caliber isn't nearly as good as 300BO in a short barrel. Pass.
Then I discovered the Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW 300BO. I did some homework and decided it might fit my particular needs even better than the Sig. The intended use is home defense and I'll be running it suppressed with subsonic ammo. I'll never shoot it past 100 yards. I live by myself out in the sticks so over penetration is a nonissue.
Based on that I prefer the DD over the Sig for the following reasons. One, it's about $500 cheaper by the time you add a brace of some sort. Two, I prefer a DI system over a proprietary gas piston system. I have both types in other rifles (including Sig). Any advantages gas piston has over DI is outweighed by lack of modularity and in my experience they both work fine. I think the whole gas piston thing is way over hyped. Three, there's nothing about the DD I need to swap out or add. I like it exactly as it is. Four, I have folding stock rifles and I never use them folded except for fun on the range. The difference in OAL between the fully retracted DD and the folded Sig is insignificant so storage/transportability is the same.
So, there it is. I bought the DDM4 PDW instead of the Sig MCX Virtus and I'm very comfortable with my choice. Both are superb platforms and either one would fit my needs but for me I prefer the DD. I'm actually glad the first MCX I considered buying became unavailable.
Since this will be exclusively a bump in the night weapon I may for the very first time actually mount a flashlight on a firearm. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
I'll be putting a SilencerCo SpecWar 7.62 suppressor on it. I'll get a range report after I pick it up and shoot a few rounds.
FTR, I never considered the Rattler. The 5" barrel and 1:5 twist is too specific IMO. Yes, it's perfectly set up for my intended use but the 7" barrel and 1:7 twist on the DD seems like a better choice to me. YMMV.