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diamondback .380 opinions .....

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by lifsey83, Jan 14, 2013.

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  1. lifsey83

    lifsey83

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    I picked up a diamondback .380 today to serve as a backup pistol . I know its not a target pistol. Just looking to see what people think of them...

    I guess I should have said I got this as a trade ...
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013
  2. Don't have one because it gets bad reviews--but like the size. Run it with 2-300 rounds to make sure it works right.
     


  3. PaulMason

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    I went with the s&w bodyguard. I didn't want to take the chance.

    Why ask what people think after you bought it?
     
  4. PVolk

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    I rented a Diamondback a couple years ago. Aside from it biting me once, I thought it was a decent shooter. Better than expected at least. But I've also shot the S&W Bodygaurd and liked it much more.
     
  5. Lowjiber

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    I understand Tarurus just bought Diamondback. Not the boat division, just the pistol "factory".
     
  6. In my opinion, you should have done your research before making the purchase.
     
  7. lifsey83

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    I got it in a trade for a knife..
     
  8. PaulMason

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    Worth a try then - I'd recommend Hornady Critical Defense and/or Federal Hydrashock for carry - I use both and alternate them in the mag.

    One thing to check out is the serial number - most of the problems happened with the early #s - research that.
     
  9. lifsey83

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    Thanks it was bought like two weeks ago and the guy never fired it .
     
  10. poodleplumber

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    My experience is limited to one range session with a borrowed pistol. I was not impressed with fit and finish, and I thought it was quite snappy for the caliber, which is of course no surprise given its size. Most important, I could not shoot it with any accuracy at all, even when resting my hands on the bench. I came away quite unimpressed, but it was a sample size of one, so maybe I just had a lemon.
     
  11. GlockFish

    GlockFish Floyd

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    Oh, we waited for this gun to come out so much. We wanted it to be a nice, trouble free 380. It was so Glock-like! It was like the mini Glock Glock never made.

    Then it actually came out. I don't think I've read 2 good reviews on it (except for the company website)
     
  12. johnstein11

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    Well the DB9 is complete garbage, but maybe you'll get lucky. Like someone said, put 2-300 rounds through it before you trust your life with it.
     
  13. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

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    The 1st one I had wouldn't make it through a magazine without a stoppage, usually a fail to extract. Finally sent it back to Diamondback. They sent a new gun back to me. I took it out, with no cleaning or lube, and proceeded to run 300 rds through it. Had 1 FTF, but I'm certain it was my fault. Despite that, I just never completely trusted it.

    I wound up trading it.
     
  14. phil evans

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    sold db380, was unreliable.
    sold db9mm, was unreliable.
    i so wanted both of them to work as they are the thinnest mouse guns around.
    380 sent back 3 times for broken pieces, 9mm sent back once gave me a new frame with new serial number, still would ftc, fte.
    sold both for half price, felt like a beta tester for diamondback.
     
  15. XshooterX

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    Had one and liked it. Traded it off though bc I just couldn't shoot it enough to trust it. It takes a little more when something has such bad reviews.
    Couldn't justify buying .380 and couldn't justify reloading it either.


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  16. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

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    If you traded it for a knife then no biggie (unless that knife was a Randall Made Knife- then that was a huge mistake). Locally, Diamondback is far more popular as an AirBoat Company. Drive by sometime and see for yourself. Their reputation on the interwebs speaks for itself. But- run some ammo down the pipe. If u have no issues then either put it in a showcase as the sole example of a DB that functions reliably or shoot the heck out of it and enjoy. Hell, worse case scenario you are only out a knife.


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  17. yellolab

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    There are crappy guns out there(see Taurus), but at least they run.
    DB's don't.