For the past several weeks we have been knocking around a Diamondback Firearms Co. DB15 series AR-style pistol. Here’s what we found out.
Diamondback, located in Cocoa, Florida in the Gunshine State’s Space Coast, sprang on the scene over a decade ago with their popular compact DB9 pistol offerings and has since grown into one of the most prolific gun makers in the country. As we found out last summer during a factory tour of their facility, the company these days is shipping out upwards of 2,000 all-American-made guns a week.
Big in Diamondback’s catalog is their DB15 series carbines and pistols. In this initial review, we are taking a closer look at one of the shortest of the latter, the 7-inch barreled DB15PDS7B model. Sure, longer barrels give you more complete propellant combustion translating to more velocity imparted to the projectile, but that is an argument to get into in a separate piece. For those who want longer barrels on their AR pistol, Diamondback offers DB15 handguns in a 10-inch format as well.
While some DB15 pistols in the past shipped sans brace, or include an SBA3, this example has a Gearhead Works’ Tailhook Mod 2, which Diamondback seems to be switching to exclusively on their handgun builds. Using 7075-T6 aluminum receivers, this DB15 pistol is chambered in 5.56 NATO (the company also offers 7.62x39mm variants) and uses a heavy 4150 ChromeMoly barrel with 1-in-8 RH rifling. It also comes standard with a KAK Industry 1/2-28TPI Flash Can muzzle device– another feature increasingly standard on Diamondback’s new DB15 pistol line.
The result is an AR-pattern handgun that runs a very compact 23-inches overall with the brace compacted and weighs in at 4.53-pounds, unloaded, with a set of Magpul MBUS sights installed.
How much does it cost? MSRP, as shown, is $889 although pricing at retailers is typically a good bit less, down into the high $700ish range. For comparison when it comes to “deals” this stacks up pretty good against the competition. About the least expensive PSA AR-15 pistols run about $500 but they use a cheaper Shockwave Blade or SB Brace on a fixed tube rather than the adjustable Tailhook and likewise usually lack the KAK Flash Can, backup sights and M-LOK handguard.
How does it shoot and hold up with extended firing? Is it accurate out to a decent range? What about ballistics? We’ll get back to you in a bit with the results of those tests once we do more fieldwork. As they say, “watch this space.”