Despite being around since 2011 not much is seen of the Diamondback DB9.  Then again that’s the idea of a pocket gun.  At just .80” wide and 4” tall the Diamondback DB9 is only slightly larger than the Ruger LCP.

Only slightly larger than the Ruger LCP
Only slightly larger than the Ruger LCP

The Pocket 9mm

Unlike the LCP the DB9 provides 6+1 capacity of the more powerful, affordable, and available 9x19mm round.  The unloaded weight of just 11 ounces means you might need the included soft case to not lose the gun in your range bag.

For more table-top and unboxing see the video here:

Diamindback DB9 Unboxing and Field Strip
Diamindback DB9 Unboxing and Field Strip

Features are minimal as one would expect on a minimalist gun.  Front and rear serrations are adequate as are texturing on the front and back strap to help the shooter hold on to such a tiny gun.  Like many pocket guns the slide does not lock open, nor will the magazine eject freely.

Grip texturing along the front strap
Grip texturing along the front strap

If you’ve wondered about recoil management in such a small and lightweight gun your thoughts are in the right place.  For larger-handed shooters it can be punishing.  Those able to fit two complete fingers on the stock may find it more bearable.  Consolation exists as it turns out this baby gun isn’t picky about ammo.

Recently developed “lite” loads made specifically for pockets guns like this perform wonderfully.  In our testing, we found Hornady’s Critical Defense Lite to not only reduce recoil, but also cycled just fine and provided increased accuracy.  This is commendable for Diamondback as this same load has been found to not cycle well in other guns, yet ran smoothly and most importantly comfortably in the DB9.

Shooting Impressions can be seen here:

Diamondback DB9 Shooting Impressions
Diamondback DB9 Shooting Impressions

No matter how you cut it pockets guns like the Diamondback DB9 require compromises in comfort and features to remain so small and light.  Diamondback has accomplished a lot by designing and producing such a micro 9mm that certainly answers the call for a pocket gun that is big enough for 9mm, but still small enough to slip into a pocket.

 

Only 0.80" wide
Only 0.80″ wide

Diamondback has accomplished a lot by designing and producing such a micro 9mm that certainly answers the call for a pocket gun that is big enough for 9mm, but still small enough to slip into a pocket.