Diamondback DB380

Today we have the review of the Diamondback DB380. 380′s are becoming an increasingly popular firearm to carry due to is compact size and ability to still engage an oncoming target. Check out the video review below for the pros and cons of the DB380:




Specifications:
Caliber: .380
Width: .750″
Barrel Length: 2.80″
Weight: 8.8 Ounces
Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
Frame: Polymer

 

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13 Responses to “Diamondback DB380”

  1. Barney
    June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I purchased a DB 380 and had nothing but trouble. It jammed on average about every third round. I was ready to throw it away and decided to contact the manufacturer. They said it was the extractor and sent me a new one. After installation, the same trouble. This time they said to send it in. After about six weeks, they sent it back to me and said it was the extractor spring. Ever skeptical, I took it to the range and amazingly, the gun has preformed flawlessly ever since. I have put everything through it. FMJ, JHP of several brands.

    If you have problems with yours, don’t hesitate to send it in to get it working.

    b

    • mlynn
      March 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      My DB 380 (purchased 12/18/2012) was having the same trouble, and my dealer sent it back. DB replaced the ejector and sent it back after 4 weeks saying it was fixed. My dealer found that it was NOT fixed, and video tapped what was happening. He contacted DB and sent them the video, and they have NOT responded to him.

      So, I am VERY leary concerning Diamondback and their commitment to stand behind their products.

      In the meantime, I purchased a Sig P238 from my dealer, and it is working flawlessly!!

  2. Mike the Limey
    June 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    The .380 “powerful”?
    I don’t think so, as it is smaller & slower than the 9mm parabellum.
    Throw in a 2.8″ barrel & you’re down to a very compromised self defence firearm – one to be carried only when minimal size is an absolute parameter.
    I can think of several 9mm handguns that are only slightly larger but a LOT more effective.

    • Michael
      February 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      You’re right that it’s not the ideal firearm/cailber of choice but for many, including a large portion of women, prefer to have something that will fit in their pocket but still have some ability to fend of an attacker.

  3. ONEKNIGHT
    August 15, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. THIS GUN IS A PEICE OF JUNK. HOW A AIRBOAT CPMPANY CAN START MAKING GUNS AND NOT DO ANY R&D AND TESTING IS BEYOND ME. IT JAMS RACKING A ROUND AND JAMS FIRING. I HAVE SHOT OVER 500 ROUNDS AND IT STILL JAMS. WROTE TO THE COMPANY AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD SEND ME A SHIPPING LABEL TO SEND IT BACK FOR REPAIR. 3 WEEKS LATER STILL NO LABEL. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STEP IN AND PUT THIS COMPANY OUT OF BUSINESS. DIAMOND BACK SUCKS!

    • Crackshot
      March 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Many Many companies started out doing something besides what made them famous.
      3M started as Minnisota Mining and Manufacturing making mineral grinding wheels then sandpaper etc.

      Abercrombie & Fitch started as a sporting goods shop.

      Nintendo started as a playing Card company that 74 years later set up a taxi company, a hotel chain, a TV network, and a food company. It wasn’t for another 11 years or so that they started into video games.

      You say they didn’t do any R&D but yet they hold patents on the firing pin block, how did that happen?

      It doesn’t sound like you did your research before you purchased it.

      I don’t see any point when you say, Airboat Company(or more litterally CPMPANY).

      Most gun owners are more self reliant that most of the population and saying that the “GOVERNMENT SHOULD STEP IN AND PUT THIS COMPANY OUT OF BUSINESS” speaks against what America was built on Free Enterprise!, The Government IS NOT your friend and it seems you may be living off the Goverment dole; juding by your faith in Uncle Sam.
      Free Enterprise works and part of that is freedom to shop where we want to, and if enough bad products are produced then everyone will shop elsewhere.
      Plenty of options when it comes to Firearm manufacturers.

  4. Bill Freed
    August 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Great little handgun. My wife purchased on shortly after their introduction and encountered the same problem as others with jamming and with failure to feed.

    She returned it to the manufacturer and received a new one in exchange. This one has never failed to feed, nor has it ever jammed.

    We are both really pleased with Diamond Backs handling of her complaint.

    Point of impact is low and to the left the same as the first gun. Drifting the rear sight corrected the windage problem. There does not seem to be an easy solution to the elevation correction. Filing down the front sight would partially remove the white dot. Adjusting the sight picture seems to be the only solution short of replacing the front sight. Diamondback had no other suggestions for correcting the issue.

    • Sam
      January 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      If you’re carrying a desnfeive arm, it should be loaded. Carrying a handgun unloaded is a recipe for disaster. There’s a Youtube video showing you just how bad of an idea it is for the untrained person to carry an unloaded weapon. It’s a jewelery store owner who pulls his pistol in´╗┐ response to a robber. He fumbles the load and keeps trying to fire an empty weapon at his attacker, who shoots and kills him. It all happens within seconds.

  5. paul
    September 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Check out this video as it explains my experience with the DB380 http://youtu.be/ZMQlN4wCtLs

  6. George Gottardi
    November 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Saw ur vidio and it does not surprise me. I have had issues with many jams sent the gun back to DB for a broken spring. They replaced it with the heavy duty set used on the 9m. The gun still jams and is not reliable to carry!! I still shoot it and after 700 rds the jam issues are still there. Thinking of selling the gun. I have shot PMC Bronze, Hornady and Winchester ammo. Ur vidio was very interesting thank you.

    • Mark
      November 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      I bought a db 380 used from a guy that sent it back and had it replaced with a ze series. Still many failures to extract and many light strikes. I sent it back, they replaced the firing spring and shot 15 rounds with no trouble. Next time on the range, I was never able to fire more than 3 rounds in a row without trouble. They told me I was using the wrong ammo. I put 6 different brands through it with the same bad results. Called them again. They said I was limp-wristing it. No way, my carry gun is a Kel-tec pf 9. Finnicky but reliable once you get used to the recoil. They don’t want the gun back, I won’t use it for a carry. How am I supposed to get rid of this POS? I don’t want to sell something that cannot be trusted.

    • Alan Diaz
      February 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

      I have a 2012 DB 380 and it fired/cycled fine for about 2-3 boxes of winchester ammo (the gun dealer recommended and used himself). I started noticing jamming and failure to feed issues every other magazine and gun dealer told me to switch ammo from his store. I did this and it continued to jam and mal-function. He sent it back to DB, and after I tried again, it started to jam again after a couple of boxes of recommended ammo. He sent it back again, and it continues to malfunction. He said he would refund or give me another one.
      Totally unreliable CHL pistol.

  7. Davis
    January 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Just bought the stainless version. 100 rounds through it last night – no issues on jamming or misfire, even though the range ammo was very light. My 9MM S&W had several jams because the range ammo was not powerful enough to get the slide fully back. Got the low and to the left, but a 10 yds was running under 2″ pattern at 6 shots in about 5 seconds. Very nice little gun.

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