The DB380 is a double-action-only .380 ACP semi-automatic pistol designed for deep cover. Its EXO finished slide and black polymer frame feature graceful curves that give the highly capable pocket pistol an attractive form to follow its function.


When an unknown company introduces a new carry pistol, the…

When an unknown company introduces a new carry pistol, the hairs tend to rise on the back of my neck. It is very difficult to design and build a reliable, effective gun of any sort. Building a practical carry gun is even more difficult. And the customer is essentially being asked to trust his or her life to a company with no reputation or track record. You wonder if the company had the necessary time and capital for complete research and design, or if you, as the consumer, will involuntarily end up doing the beta testing in a dark alley.

That’s why the Diamondback DB380 is such a pleasant surprise. This pistol seems to have sprung fully formed from the brow of Zeus. It is both well designed and well executed. Virtually everything is right about this little gun and that’s something unusual for a new gun from any manufacturer.

The DB380 is a double-action-only .380 ACP semi-automatic pistol designed for deep cover. It is a pocket pistol. It has the unenviable task of shouldering its way into a market revolutionized a few years ago by the Kel-Tec P-3AT and more recently blitzed by the Ruger LCP. But the new pistol seems up for the challenge.

Gun Details
The DB380 makes a good initial impression. While handsome is as handsome does, especially among carry guns, good looks never hurt. And the DB380 looks good. It has sinuous, graceful curves. It is not radical looking—far from it. It has a tasteful appearance that is modern without being trendy.

It’s immediately clear that functionality was paramount in each design element, but that aesthetics were given some consideration once functionality was achieved. The triggerguard is generous to accommodate a large hand or even a (thinly) gloved finger, yet the squared corner is beveled, not just easing reholstering, but making the gun look better. The front and rear cocking serrations are forward-facing scallops or waves. They not only look good but also provide excellent purchase without abrading your flesh.

The backstrap curves outward to fill the hand, while shallow oval depressions on each side of the frame fit the thumb of the shooting hand.

The backstrap curves outward to fill the hand, while shallow oval depressions on each side of the frame fit the thumb of the shooting hand.

The backstrap curves outward to help fill the hand on what could otherwise be too small a gun for the average hand. There is even a slight beavertail at the top of the backstrap. Sure, it’s visually pleasing but more importantly, it helps orient the hand and enhances control during firing. There are even shallow oval depressions at the top of each side of the frame to accommodate the thumb of the shooting hand. They are an attractive design element, but first and foremost, they are functional.

Diamondback pistols include a full lifetime warranty. The magazine catch, trigger and rails are all chromoly steel and black oxide coated. The trigger parts and the standard black slide are melonite coated for extra hardness and durability. Slides come in three options: melonite, nickel, and EXO.

Load Comments
  • If you a competent shot a .380 will do just fine against anyone

  • MIkeM

    Love mine, have it in the EXO finish. 200+ rounds through it with no problems at all. Beats my former Kel-Tec in all areas. Many of the ultra sub-compact .380 pistols had problems during early production, including the P-AT, LCP, Bodyguard, & P238 . Dealing with such small tolerances, makes it inevitable. Diamondback has the bugs workrd out and the DB380 is great.

  • john maria

    mike b thank for site info i found this might help a lot of people thinking of buying this junk

  • MikeB…

    Whats the lastest word on the DB9? Diamondback was supposed to make a pocket 9mm, does anyone have any info?

  • Raph84

    @John Maria,

    It is unfortunate that you had bad luck with yours. Fortunately mine runs like a champ, and it seems all the ZC models run well. I have to say that Glock was never in the running for me as it was just to big for my pocket. My options were the keltec p3at, the ruger LCP, or the Khar Kp380. I didn’t like the look and feel of the keltec/ruger, and I didn’t like the price of the kahr.

    Everyone’s preferences and mileage varies, so fortunately there are lots of guns under the sun.

    FYI is a good resource for info on the gun (and the changes to the new models).

  • john maria

    i still don’t understand here we r in oct 2010 and buyers of this gun still have to send them back for new parts buy a real glock. i had my db 380 for 24 hr and broke like a toy i placed 4 calls and no one return any of my calls back, went back to the the gun dealer and return this toy and got a real gun glock 26 2,000 round later any kind of ammo and had not to send it back for new part because i used it for what it is a gun to shoot ammo.

  • Raph84

    It seems the newer ZC numbered models (or models that have gone back to the factory for repairs) have a fairly good track record (although they are still finicky with ammo). I’ve had no issue with mine after it came back from DB with the updated parts

  • john maria

    this gun is not all that had it for 24hr and broke like a toy was sent back and returned, read the faults before u buy this toy .

  • Raph84

    The gun carried everywhere beats the glock sitting on the bedside table. This is a great gun to carry when not carrying a gun

  • Republicus Maximus

    Just buy a Glock – bigger caliber, more rounds, and it’s not a knock-off.

    And Deep Cover or not will get you killed if it’s a pea-shooter like a .380 vs a 300 lb bad guy