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DiamondBack DB380 Review (AKA Mini Glock)

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by pbv, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. pbv

    pbv

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    Hello,

    Just FYI i am not affiliate with the manufacturer or any distributor, I am just a regular guy here at glocktalk.com

    I just dragged an interesting little piece of hardware home with me this Black Friday (see not all sale shopping is bad!) I was looking to get myself a mousegun but didn't know which way to go Ruger LCP, Keltec, etc. I had handled about all the models I was interested in and hadn't been impressed by what I saw.

    Then I spotted this........

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    At first I was thinking hmmm.....looks like a glock.....wait thats to small to be a glock. So I asked the gentleman behind the counter to take a peek.

    The price intrigued me...$325.00 This is a bit higher than some other brands.

    It's a nice looking little pistol. Have very similar design to the Glock series pistol. Lets get down and check out under the barrel hood. We will see the things that we recognize and some stuff we don't.

    First thing I noticed was a pair of drift adjustable sights! Very nice!!! Better then the unpainted sights that blend into so many mouseguns. You will also notice a familiar rear plate design that function similar to the Glock.

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    Slide take-down is the same as the Glock pull down the front block and pull the slide forward off the frame. Turning the slide over we see another familiar sight. It look reminds me of a scaled down version of my Glock 36 slide.

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    At this point things move away from looking like a Glock and some crazy cool enginuity comes into place.
    The cocking system attaches to the trigger with dual springs, these dual transfer bars actuate a cam in the back of the gun. This is what draws the firing pin back then releases it.

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    She sports a 6 round mag. The gun only comes with one mag additonal mags can be purchased from the manufacturer via telephone call for 26.00 + shipping. I was able to reach the company today (Black Friday) and was please to find I was able to reach a real person and they were glad to answer my questions.

    Other thoughts.... Pistol comes with a lifetime warranty for the original owner BUT!!! you need to have your reciept/and or copy of the BATF FFL 4473 form you fill out when purchasing. I asked my FFL for a photocopy and placed it in the hard-case for future reference it nessesary.

    All in all this is a very well designed pistol, it is currently snowing outside and I don't have an .380ACP ammo yet other then the one box I was able to procure today. So as soon an a locate a spare box or two of ammo I will let you know how she stoots.


    Other thoughs
    Here are some pics comparing it to the next smallest gun I own, the New Walther PPS (Wife's Gun)
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2009
  2. pbv

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  3. njl

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    Very interesting. What's with Cocoa, FL...seems to be several manufacturers there. I seem to vaguely remember hearing about a new manufacturer created by someone who'd left Kel-Tec. I wonder if this is it?

    A quick googling says yes. Let us know how it shoots.
     
  4. bocephus549

    bocephus549 Bo Knows.......

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    Is there a manual safety?
     
  5. pbv

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    No manual safety, I didnt see one on any of the other models I was looking at and that seemed to be the norm. It has a deliciously smooth trigger and I would estimate about a 7-8 lb trigger since it feels a lot like my revolver.
     
  6. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Interesting, can't wait for a range report. :cool:
    Regards
    DW
     
  7. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Can I ask the cost? :cool:
    Regards
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  8. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Missed it first time I read the post $325.00 not bad. :cool:
    Regards
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  9. 1-2man

    1-2man Part Time

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    Shoot the darned thing and get back to us! :)
     
  10. njl

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  11. 18jms

    18jms I love Guns

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    nice looking little gun.
     
  12. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

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    I got an e-mail on this from a buddy a few weeks ago, looks good, would love to see some range reports!
     
  13. aircarver

    aircarver Ride Continues Silver Member

    Thass.... noit a Doi-mundback.....


    THIS is a Doi-mundback........:supergrin:

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  14. packin23

    packin23 Welcome Wagon

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    If I'm not mistaken, this is the same guy who builds Diamondback Airboats. If his gun quality is anything like his airboat quality then these should be great guns.
    http://www.diamondbackairboats.com/home.htm

    Edit: bocaboca beat me to it.
     
  15. pbv

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    I will go searching for more .380 this week. If it can be located I will give a range report next friday.
     
  16. BMW_Indy

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    I bought one today and fired 100 rounds. Never a malfunction and at 15'-20' kept 2.5'' groups. I am not cleaning and will see at round count malfunctions occur.
     
  17. Chad Landry

    Chad Landry Cajunator® CLM

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    Looks like this could be the new hot-shot in the affordable mouse gun market.

    Anyone have a "shootability" comparison to the P3AT?
     
  18. Yep, looking to get one myself. Got a good range report from a guy that has one here. Probably sell my Keltec if it works well.

    Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

    Clyde
     
  19. Glockwork Orange

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    Cool...very interested in how she stoots! :supergrin: