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DIAMONDBACK DB380 PISTOL
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he Diamondback DB380 is
a new, innovative pocket
pistol in the popular .380
ACP chambering produced by
Diamondback Firearms of Cocoa,
Fla. The diminutive DB380 is a
locked-breach, recoil-operated,
double-action only, striker-fired
semi-automatic with a six-round
magazine. Dual nested recoil
springs inside the slide help
ensure reliability. At only 8.8 ozs. it
is one of the smallest striker-fired
micro-compact pocket guns currently available.
The DB380's "zero-energy"
striker firing system also distinguishes this gun. The action of the
Diamondback's slide does not partially cock, or pre-load, the striker;
instead the trigger does all the work,
resulting in a trigger pull heavier
than pre-loaded, striker-fired guns.
That said, compared to that of other
double-action-only pistols, the pull
on the test gun measured a relatively
light 6 lbs., 8 ozs. It should be noted
that the trigger does not reset unless
the slide is retracted.
As the DB380 has no manual
safety, the slightly heavier trigger

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pull may be considered a benefit.
Another advantage to this system
is that there is no energy stored in
the striker, so there is less chance
that the firing pin may be driven
forward accidentally. The pistol
also features a firing pin block
that helps prevent the gun from
discharging unless the trigger is
completely depressed.
The frame is glass-reinforced
polymer, and the barrel and the
slide are made from 4140 steel
billet. The magazine catch, trigger
and rails are chrome-moly steel
and black-oxide coated. The trigger parts and the standard blackcolored slide are Melonite-treated
for extra hardness and durability.
Slides come in three options: melonite, nickel and EXO (tested).
The optional EXO coating is a
nickel-boron surface treatment
that provides a natural lubricity,
The barrel disengages from
the slide by way of a cam
block on its rear. The DB380's
nested recoil springs ensure
reliability despite the gun's
short slide travel.

dissipates heat and hardens the
surface of the slide to improve
ease of cleaning while improving
wear and corrosion resistance.
The DB380 has a number of
features that make it appropriate
for pocket carry. The diminutive
but very usable three-dot-pattern
sights are snag-free, and the rear
sight is drift adjustable. The closed
design in the back of the gun helps
reduce the accumulation of pocket
lint, and the low-profile magazine
catch help s prevent unintentional
ejection of the magazine. The slide


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