It seems that shooters worldwide have an affection for polymer-frame pistols, & regardless of how many models are on the market, there is always a fresh kid on the block trying to make a name for himself.

Enter the Diamondback arms Co. of Cocoa, Fla., which offers a line of compact & subcompact .380 & 9mm pistols that have established popular with licensed civilians & police officers who need a small, lightweight, concealable gun for backup or off-duty carry. & while tiny pistols seem to be all the trend nowadays, there is a still flourishing market for service-style pistols, & to capture a share of this market, these Floridian entrepreneurs launched the Diamondback DB FS Nine.

The Diamondback Db FS Nine is based in a glass-reinforced polymer frame & tips the scales at a comfortable 21.5 ounces. It has an overall height of 7.8 inches & a width of only one inch. While intended as a diamondback db9 holster-size pistol, its dimensions & mass would make it equally suitable for concealed carry with the right holster & attire.The Diamondback DB9 is sized more similar a gun throwing a .380 ACP downrange than the extremely more potent 9mm Parabellum. Its dimensions are a thin .80” in width, 5.6” in length, & 4” in height.

I found the DB9 to follow through on its commitment to be an easily carried, reliable 9mm firearm for off-duty or on-duty carry. &, it is Made in U.S.

Contrary to Internet myth, Diamondback Firearms, LLC is not related to Kel-Tec CNC Industries & was not started up by disgruntled Kel-Tec employees from now up the road in Cocoa, FL.

The frame has a medium beavertail tang that aids in the recoil control department while a Picatinny rail on the dust cover permits the shooter to attach a tactical light or diamondback db9 laser. Extra nice feature is the flared diamondback db9 magazine well opening, which is an excellent aid for fast, fumble-free reloading, especially under pressure. I don’t underst& why manufacturers keep setting re-curved trigger guards on their pistols—I don’t see anyone fixing a support-hand finger where—but the Diamondback DB FS Nine has one for those who do shoot that way.

The Diamondback DB FS9uses a double-action-only trigger with a hammer barrier safety on its face that must be depressed before the trigger can be pulled. Before-mentioned triggers not only analyze the operating drill but also provide additional protection while allowing the same, constant trigger pull for each shot. Like several of its striker-fired contemporaries, the Diamondback DB FS Nine takes not have the second-strike capacity; the slide must be retracted slightly to reset the striker in the event of a misfire.

This recently appeared on Diamondback’s DB9 website page: “Notice: Diamondback Firearms does not support using any 9mm Bullets above 124 gr or any Ammo that is rated NATO, +P, +P+ or anything else that is higher than SAAMI St&ard pressure 9mm. The DB9 is the smallest & lightest 9mm available on the market & was not designed for the abuse & damage that these rounds cause. Any use of not recommended ammunition in a Diamondback Firearms will void the warranty.”

Early in October, I shot the off-duty & secondary firearm qualification course at work, which is the State requirement course for on-duty handguns. I shot a real score with the DB9 than some officers did with their full-sized Sig Sauer P226’s.

I won’t kid you; the recoil can burn after a while. This is a gun you have to hold on to for it to function correctly. A weak grip or limp-writing will have you practicing a malfunction drill.

To make a long story short, I think the affordable Diamondback DB9 provides average firepower in a micro-pistol package.


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