Gun Report

Diamondback DB9 9mm Parabellum, $490 (Grade C 2012)

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While accurate under the most favorable conditions, our testers said the DB9 was painful and difficult to shoot.

Diamondback DB9 9mm Parabellum, $490 (Grade C 2012)

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The rear sight was drift adjustable and provided a much better sight picture than we expected. The slide had cocking serrations front and rear. When wrestling with the heavy recoil spring during maintenance and administrative handling, we were glad the serrations were there.
A relief in the side of the barrel hood may serve as a loaded chamber indicator. We observed no type of malfunction with the DB9, but we wondered if this could lead to a safety issue due to inadequate support, should a round ignite before the barrel was completely in battery.
The DB9ís trigger felt friendly when we practiced without ammunition in the gun. Once loaded, the action seemed much heavier than its measured 4.75 pounds. The tip of the trigger (arrow) felt sharp, too.

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