Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Diamondback DB380 Review: Part 2

Remember the Diamondback DB380 review we did a few months ago? Well, we finally had an opportunity to grab some decent .380acp ammo and head to the range this past weekend. If you recall where we left off, we had 40 rounds of miscellaneous ammo down range and had experienced some issues. Well, those issues were still present on Saturday-- for the first box or so. We had a few failure-to-feed jams, but after about 120-140 rounds, the symptoms cleared up and it was smooth sailing.

[ click here for the video ]

The DB380 is a good little shooter-- pretty accurate too. It fits your hand better than most. The trigger is 10.5 weeks long and did act a little funny on a few occasions, as you'll see in the video. It failed to reset all the way, but it could have been operator error, considering how much coffee we had that morning.

Call me old school, but I believe a gun should operate reliably out of the box-- after the obligatory cleaning, of course. It's clear the DB380 requires a break-in period. In fact, the manufacturer recommends it. That's fine and dandy, but potential buyers need to figure that into the cost of ownership. The Diamondback DB380 is a great value at around $300. But factor in the 200rds of expensive and elusive .380acp ammunition required to make it run properly and you're easily in the $350-400 price range. That makes this DB380 demo unit that we have listed in our clearance section for $300 seem like a real deal, doesn't it!? It's already got the kinks worked out and it's ready to roll.

If you want to give a DB380 a shot (or 200), we've also got this beautiful nickel finish version in stock here.

Until next time, have a good one and God bless! -- Evan

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