Diamondback Firearms is introducing a pistol version of their DB15 carbine, the aptly-named DB15 pistol. The compact firearm will be offered in a handful of different finishes and configurations and is already available in some stores now.
The DB15 pistol is a dramatically cut-down AR-15-pattern pistol, based on the DB15 series of AR-15 rifles. Like the full-size firearms, the DB15 pistol is chambered for 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington.
The DB15 pistol will be offered with either a 7.5- or 10.5-inch barrel and has an abbreviated five-inch buffer tube to keep the overall length as short as possible. The 4140 chromalloy barrel has a one-in-nine twist for use with a wide range of bullet weights and sports a hard Melonite finish for durability and accuracy.
Diamondback uses premium forged 7075-T6 aluminum receivers for the DB15 pistol and matches them with an in-house tactical railed handguard. The handguard has a top and bottom rail and is ventilated along its full length for efficient heat dissipation. The muzzle device is also an Diamondback design, a jagged, toothed flash hider designed to tame the fireball these short-barreled firearms produce.
Other accessories include a Magpul MOE+ pistol grip with an ergonomic molded rubber grip sleeve, a 30-round Magpul PMAG (not pictured in the top photo) and a foam rubber buffer tube sleeve. On the inside the DB15 pistol uses a shot-peened, magnetic particle-inspected mil-spec 8620 carrier and a light, two-stage trigger for predictable, accurate shooting.
It is an “optics-ready” firearm which means that it doesn’t come with sights, but with its full-length top rails, users have a lot of options to choose from. This helps keep costs down while letting the owner decide on what sights are best for them.
The DB15 pistol is offered in three colors, black, olive drab and flat dark earth. Diamondback coats the pistols with Cerakote for a long-lasting and durable finish.
The final product is an attractive and relatively affordable firearm that brings a lot to the table in its small package.
Diamondback has not released the DB15’s suggested retail price but they are already being listed for under $1,000, often around $900, which makes them very competitive, especially considering the features build quality. Also, some vendors are offering the DB15 pistol with a SIG Sauer AR pistol brace instead of the standard foam buffer tube sleeve, which is a nice touch.
If you’re looking for an AR in the smallest possible package, or just want a noise-maker for having fun at the range, head over to the DB15 pistol product page for all the details and specifications. And if you can’t decide between the 7.5-inch and 10.5-inch barrel, head over to Ballistics by the Inch for performance data.