Florida-based Diamondback has shortened its 9-shot Sidekick double-action rimfire revolver for 2023 and given it a rounded grip for a smaller overall envelope. 

Diamondback's first wheel gun debuted back in 2021 and was a bit unique as it was styled like a single-action revolver but was actually a double with a swing-out, interchangeable cylinder that could be swapped between .22LR and .22 Magnum. 


Diamondback Sidekick 22 Revolver
The Sidekick was initially offered with a 4.5-inch barrel having a 1:16 RH twist and six-groove rifling. The alloy-framed revolver weighs in at 32.5 ounces and has an overall length of 9.875 inches. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com) 


Well, for 2023 Diamondback has sliced the 4.5-inch barrel to 3 inches and ditched the squared grip for a rounded Birdshead style, dropping the overall length to 7.83 inches and weight to 24.5 ounces. In short, cutting off two inches and a half of a pound.

You still get the same 2-pound single-action/16-pound (!) double-action trigger pull and Cereakoted zinc frame and handle with black polymer grips. Also, you get both cylinders rather than the gun shipping with one and having to spring for the other, as you do with some similar rimfire convertibles. 


the new Diamondback Sidekick Birdshead 22 Revolver
We tracked down the new Sidekick on the range and SHOT Show and found it to be a bit more compact. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com) 
the new Diamondback Sidekick Birdshead 22 Revolver
Keep in mind that, while it looks like a single-action, it is actually a double with a swing-out cylinder that is convertible between .22LR and .22WMR. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com) 


MSRP on the new Diamondback Sidekick Birdshead .22 revolver is $327, which is $7 bucks more than the full-sized version. There is probably a funny story about that but we didn't ask.

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