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Diamondback DB380 DB380 6+1 380ACP 2.8"
by Ashish T Date Added: Saturday 16 April, 2011
As an addition to the last review, I got a tad under 10 oz when I measured it on my analog scale I have here. 9.87 to be exact.

On to my review. I loved pretty much everything about this little pistol. It felt just great - very solid, the grip actually worked very well (don't let the near-straight angle fool you - it works!), and it just felt really nice. The trigger is long, but quite crisp. The sights are very usable. It looks great. It comes in a usable hard case. It is a Florida based business (I'm a Floridian).

Unfortunately, that is where the pros end. My first session, I used Prvi Partizan ammo. My fault - it is horrible, horrible ammunition. Never use that stuff in this pistol. Second time and since then, I've used Remington UMC green box from WalMart. The second range session was bliss. 50 problem free rounds. I was feeling pretty good at this point! Then, it started...

FTFeed was the issue. It would often fail to feed. Happened quite a bit the third time. Blamed what I thought was maybe a grip problem. Third time, went back with a super firm grip... and still, FTFeeds, although not as many. I went home, cleaned it and lubed it extremely thoroughly, removed a chunk of loose plastic from the bottom of the front sight, and racked the slide about 100-150 times. I was able to cycle several magazines' worth of ammo through it (without firing) by hand successfully - that was very good.

Went back to the range, and... not good. An average of two failure to feeds *every* magazine.

At this point, I've spent too much time and ammo/range money trying to get this to work. I will contact DB for service, but I am not optimistic. If they are unable to pay my shipping, I'll just have to sell it for a loss (with full disclosure of the pistol's issues)... assuming someone out there wants to buy it.

It's too bad. I really, really wanted to like - no, love - this pistol. I couldn't. It kept letting me down.

And before someone asks, yes, it was thoroughly cleaned and lubed between each range session.

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]
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