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Not really considering getting one, just kind of curious after seeing the $179 price at PSA. Seems that some people really like them and some really don't. Perhaps ammo finicky? Though I did read positive results with the Remington UMC 115 JHP's that can be found at Walmart? Apparently, this ammo is very reliable with this pistol.

I like the size and weight of this pistol and would consider it for jogging with my belly band. Currently jogging with my Glock 43, and looking at the dimensions, the DB9 is smaller. Heck, it's actually smaller and lighter than a G42.
 

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I picked up a nibx one super cheap several years ago. Mine runs FMJ just fine. Every HP I've tried, not so much. It is definitely a very small and easy to carry pistol. Quite snappy with normal 9mm. I keep it in a housecoat pocket with a HP in the tube and a mag full of FMJ. I call it my "pajama gun". I woudn't recommend one and only carry mine at all because it *is* so dang small and light. At the sign of any real trouble I'd be reaching for something else.
 

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I would prefer something a little smaller than my Glock 43 for running, but don't care to go with a .380. Not sure I'd gain a whole lot with the DB9 in terms of noticeable difference. The 43 is pretty small.
 

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I had one. It's only redeeming quality is that it's small.

The sights are terrible. The trigger is bleh. The recoil in that tiny thing meant practice was not an enjoyable experience.

But it was small. And mine had no problems with any ammunition I fed it.
 

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Kicks like a mule.otherwise small enough to be an "always with you"...
 

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We had a DB9 that we found easy to hide in our pocket and 100% reliable, but it kicked so hard that practice with it was quite unpleasant. Our little mate flatly refused to shoot it. We traded it away for another small pistol more to her liking. The Diamondback DB9 is not for those who are recoil sensitive.

We trudge on.
 

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I tried one years ago when they came out. Could rarely get through a magazine without a jam.

I sent it in and they said it worked fine and I must be limp wristing it. I'm not sure I believe that based on the many small pistols I've owned and fired successfully while looking for the ultimate micro gun.

But even if it was all operator error, I won't carry a gun that requires me to have a perfect grip/hold to make it work. Achieving the perfect iron grip on the pistol in a moment of panicked need, doesn't seem likely.

Sold and not missed.
 

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Most, if not all, of the above negative comments are not true of my DB9 gen4. Reliability (of mine) has been 100%, gen4 sights are much better than previous generations and the gen4 now has the last round hold open feature. FWIW, G42 & G43 front and rear sight are fully compatible with the gen4 DB9.

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I have a gen 3 that wouldn't reset the trigger after shooting. Also had some feeding issues. Contacted DB and they sent me the new gen 4 trigger assembly and replacement pins. They also sent me new mag springs. Works like a charm 100% reliable and had earned a place with me. 500 somewhat painful testing rounds and I like it. Leather gloves help. I'd pick up a gen 4 if the price was right and I found one around. It's no Glock but then it's less than half the price.


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Slightly OT. I have a DB 380 with a clip draw that goes with me everywhere. It tucks nicely just left of my gig line. Reliability has been excellent with my reloads.

It's nice to know I'm still armed when I have to leave the G17 in the jeep.

Gave the wife the Kahr. Don't regret it one bit.
 

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I watched the same DB9 circulate through 4 different owners before it found a home, and is possible it just never got shot enough initially to wear in, don't know. It is a snappy little beast, after 3 shots (I was potential buyer #3) handed it back to owner #2 and said no thank you. At the time my carry was a Bersa Compact Carry 9, which is a bit heavy for a 13 shot subcompact, and was considering something smaller and lighter.

I finally just figured with something that small, I was better off with a .380 where the difference at 5 feet was just not going to be that significant.

The deputy sheriff who ended up with it carries it as a backup, and loves it. He is a tall skinny guy with fairly small hands for his build, and he said it was made for him. He can keep it rock steady, doesn't have the muzzle flip problem I had.
 

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Little guns are snappy, no matter who makes it.

I have a DB9-FS, and it is quite fine and comfortable, and natural point to aim...metal Glock style trigger, striker fired, slim design, with 17 mag capacity. Unconventionally Ugly, or cute, but easily could replace my Glock 19 or 17.
 

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I just fell down the YouTube rabbit hole, got a bit curious about these, and looks like the Gen 4 may be worth rolling the dice on for the under 300 price point. At 13.5 oz., unloaded is only 5 oz. heavier than my Bodyguard.

It is considerably smaller than the Glock 26, in all ways, to date the 26 is the smallest what I consider acceptable 9mm. Yes, I know, S&W Shield, duh???, tried it, and while a fine handgun, just never worked for me and I so wanted it to, plus not a pocket gun. Same for the Ruger LC9, all 3 are in the same ballpark. The DB looks to be just that schosh bit smaller, that it might work out as a pocket gun, pretty much the only way my fat bellied, 34" waist has found is comfortable to carry. Every IWB holster I've tried just is so uncomfortable for me to cross draw appendix carry due to my anatomy (no fault on any of the fine holsters I've bought, less beer and pizza and more salads would cure the problem) but here we are.

Perversely, the only other gun I have found that really works for my use as far as design has been the SCCY CX2. It gets carried when I wear BDU's, and rides just fine. However, for most other work pants is just too thick, and the extended pinky mag prints like I'm a kilter and really glad to see you.

I'm hoping I can run into someone at the range and get to try one before I buy one.
 
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IMHO, going from a G26 to a DB9 would be like trading in a F150 for a Mazda Miata. Might be exactly what you are looking for... or it might not. Either way the difference is going to be huge.
 

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As you probably already know, the clip draw clip attaches directly to the left side of the slide. This means it becomes a left hand draw (not a problem for me). Gets rid of the bulk of a holster. Presentation is as simple as pushing the muzzle up through the pants, into the hand. Not the fastest, but better than deep conceal options IMO.

And assuming the DB9 has the same double-action trigger as the DB380, shooting the jewels isn't an issue.
 

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I have one. Plus points.
Small
Easy to carry
GLOCK style fieldstrip
Mine was 100% reliable.

On the negative side
Grip is very important. Won't tolerate a weak grip.
Sights are nothing to brag about
Little aftermarket support
Noisy and snappy, not much fun to shoot.
 
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