The Diamondback DB380: Good Looks and Top Performance in a Micro-Compact Pistol

The Diamondback DB380
The Diamondback DB380
Diamondback Firearms
Diamondback Firearms

Florida-( Today, there’s a plethora of small handguns chambered in .380 ACP. There are so many that it’s easy to forget that Diamondback Firearms LLC of Cocoa, Florida, has been setting the pace for .380’s since 2009, when it was first introduced as a revolutionary DB380 micro-compact semi-automatic pistol.

The polymer-framed DB380 was well ahead of its time, featuring the patented “Zero-Energy” striker firing system with a mechanical firing pin block, a steel magazine catch to secure real windage-adjustable sights.

The DB380 continues to set the standard for small, concealable handguns. The steel trigger with dual connection bars allows for a crisp, five-pound DAO trigger pull. The DB380 features a slide and barrel, designed to be strong for more durability with less felt recoil.

The absence of removable pins or tools makes field stripping easier than ever. The slide, barrel, and internal parts are coated to resist corrosion, making this pistol a lifetime investment.

Since the introduction of the original black-on-black DB380, Diamondback has added various color options-including two-tone Nickel, Flat Dark Earth, and even a pink version for the ladies.

Diamondback has also teamed up with Crimson Trace to manufacture the DB380CTC, the micro compact DB380 equipped with laser sight options.

All these options and features, in a truly lightweight pistol that weighs in at just 8.8 ounces unloaded, and at just the right price shooters can actually afford.

DB380 Specs:

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Length: 5.26″
  • Height: 3.75″
  • Width: .750″”
  • Barrel Length: 2.80″
  • Distance Between Sights: 4″
  • Weight (unloaded): 8.8oz
  • Trigger Pull: ≈5.5#
  • Magazine Capacity: 6+1 Rds

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Mickey Rat

I bought a DB9 when they first came out. I was impressed with. The heavy recoil and improved 380 ammo caused me to try the DB380. It suffered from light primer strikes. I was going to return it to the factory but decided to check it out first. The firing pin assembly has a plastic part (bushing) that had a bur on it. A quick polishing with 200 grit sandpaper fixed it right up. I paid 209.00 delivered. If it was a Glock I would have been mad. ANY new pistol requires break in. I normally run 200 rounds thru… Read more »

Dave Brown

I am not so sure about D-Back. I had one of the early 380’s, broke at 500 rounds, and it was not a very good feeder before it broke. Returned it, got it back, fired 2 mags at 100%, and traded for a S&WBG380. Now I like to carry 9mm and 40, so I tried a DB9, the original little guy. It was not bad but not good. It broke at 800 rounds. Returned it, they repaired it, and I think I fired a few rounds before I retired it. Would I try another one, nope, way to many better… Read more »


I like you, think this pistol is a piece of crap. The reliability issue is the big thing with a trigger pull that feels as if it is eight inches travel. Buy one if you want but I would try to find someone that has one and shoot it. Might change your mind about buying. Sorry I didn’t do that.


Thank you for your comment. Since I sent it back to the factory for repair, they replaced several springs, it seems to function ok. If I had it to do over I would not buy a diamondback.


This gun is not reliable. I bought one and it would not feed. I returned it to the factory for repair, now it seems to be ok. Many users have reported reliability issues. Anyone else have reliabiity issues?