In Focus: The Dakota Tactical D54P and D300P
Matt Korovesis 10.06.14
I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Stoppiello, the founder of Dakota Tactical, at a recent competition shooting event here in Southeast Michigan (the Ninth Combat Rifle Championship put on by the American Confederation of Tactical Shooters). As a sponsor of the shoot, Dakota Tactical had a bay set up at the range to show off some of the guns they make, particularly the D54P and D300P. Check out my pictures and details on these two firearms below. Read my in-depth article on Dakota Tactical’s story here.
Dakota Tactical is one of the most highly-regarded manufacturers of roller-delayed blowback (also known as “roller lock”) firearms in the United States. Their most popular product is the D54P, an MP5-style pistol available in several configurations and calibers. After going through the proper federal procedures, D54Ps can easily be converted into short-barreled rifles (SBRs). They retail for roughly $3,000 and up.
To many, the D300P is the perfect gun—and it’s easy to see why someone might think so. Chambered in 300 BLK, utilizing the ultra-reliable roller-lock action, and featuring an eight-inch barrel, it’s a winning combination. It’s based off of the Heckler & Koch HK53 carbine, and utilizes HK33-pattern magazines. Like the D54P, these were supplied SBR-ready. Stoppiello was testing a new AR stock adapter made by Swedish firm Spuhr on the D300P he brought to the event. Though some may roll their eyes at the idea of an AR-style stock on such a gun, it actually facilitated a very natural and comfortable cheekweld, making it easier to get a solid sight picture when using optics. The first run of D300Ps Dakota Tactical sold retailed for around $3,000, and the next round made will likely cost the same. Stoppiello had also attached a SilencerCo Saker 762 suppressor to the D300P at the event. Shooting subsonic rounds in short bursts was quite enjoyable, and the considerable heft of the gun helped make automatic fire more controllable.
Dakota Tactical’s firearms might seem like unobtanium to some, but for those interested in owning the absolute highest-quality, American-made roller-lock guns available, there’s no substitute.
Special thanks to ACTS for allowing me to drop by their event, I don’t think I’ve ever met a more accommodating and friendly group of shooters. Dakota Tactical’s social media accounts are very active. If you’re interested in hearing the latest about their products (and like awesome gun pictures), follow them on Facebook and Instagram.