Danao Sniper Rifles

Here is some more action from Danao for the DIY gun nuts out there.  I asked about the strange appearance of the barrels and was told that the segments are to increase the surface area to aid the cooling process, sort of like what you have on the 60mm mortar system, or the heat synch on a computer CPU for you tech heads.  The second, and perhaps more important reason?  It’s all about looks, baby.

Oh, yeah, here are those “M4” rifles that I owe you guys from last time:

Kit Up! contributor Jack Murphy is a former Ranger, Special Forces Soldier and is the author of the new military thriller PROMIS: Rhodesia.

  • Walter

    I don’t know about function but as far as aesthetics these pieces look great.

  • SleepyDave

    Why does the second rifle from the top look the barrel is much longer than 20″? Also, that weird little M4/MP5 looking thing, kind of a cool idea, but something tells me its a wallhanger.

    • jumper

      Yeah I was wondering about that one too… although it looks like it’s chambered in 9mm so it could be someone’s little side project there.

      • joel

        Could be 5.7 like the p90

    • Sarge Harris

      Its a KG9 sir! and trust me it aint a wall hangger!

      • Vince

        Hi sarg, i just wanna ask where did u see the kg9? Im very interested. Hope u can drop by an email. ThNks

      • MerleC

        It may look like a KG9 but doesn’t shoot like one.

    • twistedchild

      Local copy of a kg9, or intratec… works well… 9mm direct blowback, single shot and full auto… spray and pray.

  • nchavis

    Those segmented barrels look sweet, but don’t they serve the same purpose as traditional barrel fluting? Also, wouldn’t normal flutes that run along the length of the barrel be more rigid compared to segments like this? I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade or anything. I am genuinely curious.

    • reflexivefire

      No, I think you are on target here.

    • S&WBt

      It would be just as rigid as a barrel with the same min diameter, And from a heat transfer point of view this looks like it has so much more surface area then your standard fluted barrel. you’d need dimensions and temps to figure it out but this seems like it would transfer heat much better. heck you could make the fins a little thinner, big enough to stay tough, you could add more transfer surface. Seems like great idea for machine guns too

  • Jeff

    So… do they buy the polymer or do they have a mold?

    • L-V-I-P vegas

      they’re made and bought equally, it is relatively easy for a working gunsmith from there to make something like that. question is, did they use a strong polymer to make the components?

    • MerleC

      Which polymer are you referring to? If the KG9 look-a-like, the frame is not polymer. They lower receiver and upper are made of steel. Earlier samples of the AR were made of steel too but now are made of aluminum. The furniture are mostly aftermarket like Magpul etc.

    • twistedchild

      Polymer and mould. Take an airsoft part, make a mold out of it, pour the polymer and you are set on mass producing those things.

  • Lance

    Like the sniper rifle at the end of the line in the first pic. However im never a fan of 5.56mm in sniper roles .308 .338 or .300 win mag are far better for long range shots. But for varmiter rifles they work fine.

    • Sarge Harris

      I believe they do make those caliber Lance.

  • Cc at Cc

    Whoa. Amazing stuff! That looks more like a heavily modified Tech-9 than an M-4 Carbine.


    That KG9 looks really cool

  • Tactidork

    If I remember correctly, civilian ownership of large caliber (> .308) firearms and ammunition is difficult. The 5.56 round is much more available and easier to acquire, which probably explains why those rifles are 5.56. Most of the .308 ammo in circulation is old legacy surplus or reloads. I don’t believe there are NFA type rules for rifles, SBR’s, etc so almost all these guns are select fire. A properly registered rifle in the Philippines is not regulated by physical attributes. Ammo sales and ownership is limited, but in the rural areas the limits are generally not followed.

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    • Riceball

      Heat synch? What does the heat synch with/to?

  • Nobody

    Jack, i like the book reminds me of my freelance days in Chitado, Angola running up and down the Kunene river. Many SWAPO put down.

    • reflexivefire

      In the SADF? I’m writing about a 4-Recce operation right now that took place in that area.

  • SleepyDave

    I’m not so sure. I’m looking at reference photos, and there’s a lot of things that aren’t quite right. The curve on the back end of the upper receiver is wrong (it should be a diagonal plane), the magazine well is missing the diagonal chunk, and then there’s all the AR bits. Now, I’ll give you those, I’m sure these guys have had years to make major changes, but if it is a KG-9, its an extremely modified one with major changes made to structural elements. The fact that the magazine is curved is really cosmetic, so I’m not going to debate that, but it just doesn’t look *quite* right.

    • TomcatTCH

      the upper rear of the ergo looking grip is just weird/wrong. Seems that the “lower” is too short, but the rear part of the grip disappears behind the sling mount, but the angels are all wonky. Maybe it’s wider than an AR lower?

      The clonepoint’s mount doesn’t appear to be mounted to anything, in fact it’s tilted upwards, the rear is closer to the receiver than the front. Was this thing built without sights at all? At least the clonepoint should be able to clamp onto the handguard.

      It might or might not be an AR pattern trigger group, but what’s the front pin of the three for? And no rear take down pin?

      Strange little toy there.

  • nobody

    No more like day labor for hire if you get that?, The golden age in Africa when it was ok to do those things. 77-80

    • reflexivefire

      I miss everything.

      • nobody

        Me to

  • JSCS

    Heat sink? Wow, how 1914…..let’s go with the Lewis Gun, eh?

  • NavyVet68

    The traitors in the senate will ban these guns and Savage Bama will send these firearms to Uganda and his home town in Kenya to help the Muslim cause to “Change America” “Yes he can” take this amazing country down

    When can we expect the military to take action and try the guilty senators and congress for treason ?

    • Rhys Firth

      EH? What do OBanana and the US Senate have to do with firearms in the Philippines?

  • oscar dadula jr.

    guys, DANAO is a city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. I live about 40klicks south in the city of Cebu. so maybe, this will give you an idea that i have an idea of what i’m talking about. first of all, Danao is littered with cottage industries that produces guns. this is highly illegal but most of the time, law enforcement looks the other way. why? because most law enforcers and soldiers in the philippines prefer to use the 1911a1. imported guns are very expensive and all the legal firearms that are made and/or imported into the country is passes through the PNP-FED. a round is fired from each firearm and the PNP has the slugs and casing on record. Therefore, local police or military who does wetwork, usually purchase their weapons in danao. even lowly privates who are in the straight and narrow purchase their sidearms in danao. because it is very cheap and those are the only firearms they can afford on a meager salary. again, you might find this to be very unusual, but you have to remember that the philippines is a front in the ongoing war on terror. so every soldier must be prepared to defend himself at all times. mostly in urban areas, soldiers are prohibited from carrying their issued weapon unless the situation requires them to do so then they jump through hoops and they can take their weapons off-camp.
    quality-wise, weapons made in danao run from really crappy to highly reliable. it all depends on the gunsmith who made them since each part is handcrafted. the caveat is that, the parts dimension is not standard and is therefore not interchangeable. this explains also why some of you guys noticed inconsistencies on the pictures. my experience with their high-end 1911’s is that if you use a commercial quality mag, the guns won’t even hiccup. no break-in problems too!
    pet project? definitely! you go to danao with some wild-assed design and they’d probably make it for you. yes they can!
    i hope this had been enlightening

    • D’Marr

      you maybe right,,,first of all im from danao,,,,militia’s &police have their guns maintainance from danao or ordered from danao city,,,not all gun manufacturer their are all illegals…..i for myself is a gunsmith by blood,…

  • Al O’Connor

    They resemble Japanese Namu MG’s from WW11.

  • draggie65

    how much in Phil. peso is ana M4 clone made in danao?

    • mark18

      Im not from danao but im from philippines and judging from price range comparison from commercial FA and “Danao” FA its quarter of the commercial price for example a commercial single stack 1911 could go for 20k-45k here in the Philippines but the Danao price you could buy the same model for just 5k-10k depends on the looks, material used, and who is the gun smith.

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  • L-V-I-P vegas

    if these guys came to America if and when a gun ban started then these people would make a killing, especially if they know how to mod a semi-auto into full auto for a cheap price to

    • oscar d

      that would be a piece of cake

  • newrij

    Look how skilled and creative these gunsmiths are??? Despite lacking of quality tools and materials, they have been producing guns that might compete with the quality and reliability of those that are commercially produced.. How much more if they are supported with the Philippine Government with quality tools and materials and provided with the proper training to enhance these creative minds gun-smiting skills??? Do you think we still need to spend billions of pesos importing guns for our Uniformed Personnel??? It would not only boost the capability of our Military personnel but will also give a legal way to our citizens to earn a living as well.

  • ward

    If the gov’t buy some tools , then they will be out of business because CNC machines will replace them.

    • twistedchild

      Actually some have graduated to CNC machines, shooters arms (SAM) used to be illegal but they make guns and export them now (rebranded when they make it to the target country).

  • vinzey

    soon these guys will start making their local version of atomic bombs..

  • Ram Regner V Espadilla

    how much the M4 rifle


    inquiry of your latest tompson product give me pic



  • Twistedchild

    If you buy them in Danao dirt cheap, but good luck getting them out. For the kg-9 copy, once it gets to metro manila it already falls in the 20-25 thousand peso range. Better of waiting for the military guys to unload some of the old elisco m-16 rifles, they sell those for 30K. But… it is all illegal and jail time is 6 or so years. The firearms from danao can be registered once the Police declares amnesty (which they do so every couple of years), but the firearms from the military can’t… the serial numbers will register in the database and they will get confiscated and returned to the military… BUT the loophole is to add zero or another number in the serial number (find a professional engraver), then when they run the whole number it won’t show in the data base (yup, idiotic but true).