The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division is set to begin carrying new Daniel Defense DDM4V7 carbines starting this month. The agency, founded in 1895, fields 558 wardens across the Lone Star State — often in areas without any other law enforcement — with a mission to protect the natural resources and people of Texas.

Long equipped with a variety of sidearms, TPWD game wardens also have carried rifles such as Ruger Mini-14s on the job — logging 11 million miles on patrol in 2018 alone. Moving forward, those conservation officers will have new DDM4V7 Mil-Spec rifles on the road and waterways of the state.

“The solicitation for these firearms began in April of 2019,” said Joe Marler, Daniel Defense’s LE sales manager. “TPWD ultimately selected our DDM4V7 over its competition for its reliability, durability, and accuracy. The versatility of the DDM4V7 makes it the ideal service carbine as it can be configured to serve in the many diverse roles that law enforcement encounter.”

The duty rifle selected by the agency is a semiautomatic carbine with a 16-inch barrel chambered in 5.56mm. It features a 15-inch M-LOK handguard, ambidextrous charging handle, swing swivels, and an M-LOK rail section. The TPWD contract guns will also include a Radian Weapons Talon ambi safety selector, Magpul MBUS Pro flip-up front and rear sights, a Magpul angled foregrip, and ERGO Grips rail covers.

Besides enforcing wildlife laws and protecting natural resources, TPWD is tasked with a homeland and port security mission due to the state’s location on the Southern border. Since the agency’s founding, 19 game wardens have lost their lives on the job.

Daniel Defense said the 700 rifle contract will be completed by the end of the year.

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