Diamondback DB15 PR

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New from Diamondback is the DB15 PR pistol with a Cerakote Finish. The company does not seem to publish the MSRP so I cannot tell you the cost.

From the press release …

The new .223/5.56 DB15 pistol based off of Diamondback’s A3 Flattop forged 7075 T6 Aluminum upper and lower receiver utilizing their reliable gas operated system.  The full-length, top-mounting rail (from the rear receiver to the end of the handguard) permits placement of multiple optics, lights, lasers and other accessories for total customization of the firearm.  The DB15 features a Magpul MOE+™ pistol grip built from a reinforced polymer body that incorporates a comfortable, wrap-around rubber overmolding for extreme weapon control in unfavorable weather conditions.  The two-stage trigger provides optimum trigger control for precision shooting.  The DB15 Pistol is available with a 7.5” or a 10.5” 4140 chrome-moly melonite coated barrel with a 1:9 rate of twist.  The Lightweight ventilated aluminum handguard dissipates heat quickly.  An abbreviated 5” buffer tube creates a more compact pistol and the Diamondback proprietary flash hider reduces muzzle signature.  The DB15 Pistol is offered in Black, Flat Dark Earth or OD Green with a durable Cerakote Finish.

Caliber:.223/5.56
Upper: Forged with full-length top-mounting rail
Lower: Forged
Barrel: 7.5” or 10.5” 4140 chrome-moly melonite coated
Muzzle Device: Diamondback Proprietary Flash Hider
Trigger: Two-Stage
Pistol Grip: Magpul MOE+™
Handguard: Lightweight ventilated aluminum
Weight: 5 lbs
Overall Length: 7.5” barrel is 23.25”, 10.5” barrel is 25.75”
Finish: Durable Cerakote in Black, Flat Dark Earth or OD Green
Includes: 1 – 30 round PMag (where state/local laws


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • simon

    can some one tell me whats the big deal is with ar pistols? seems like they came out of some bubbas gunsmiths shed and went from there. a SBR or a pistol seem like a better alternative in any situation or value for money

    • Jeff S

      My AR pistol is a pistol while I wait for the Tax Stamp… ;)

    • hami

      Remember that not everyone buys a firearm for a “situation.” For some people AR15 pistols are fun, different, and cool looking. It’ll be a breath of fresh air when people stop pretending every firearm purchase has to be practical tactical.

      • Simon

        its probably cause im Australian and never had the chance to shoot a ar pistol (dont even know if there legal) i cant get my head around wanting one.

        However i have done semi burst full auto so at lest i wont die wondering about those so it dosnt completely suck down here although id rather be in Canada the only non completely shit country that’s part of the queens socialist party.

    • BOB

      They are able to be shouldered if you do it right, nose to charging handle, and from this position, they are nearly as accurate and handy as their SBR brethren. They fire a rifle round. They can be carried loaded and in the open in your vehicle in most states under your CCW as they are a ‘pistol’. There is not tax stamp, no registration, FREEDOM. Now with the SB15, there is even more reason to go the pistol route.

    • Walter Burns

      You can shoulder-fire them like an SBR, with none of the legal hoops/expense of regular SBRs.They are much more shootable than the average pistol.

  • Christopher

    I’ve yet to see a 5.56 pistol that isn’t as ugly as sin and performs as well as a short barrel rifle or bullpup at the same role.

    • Cymond

      You’re right, an AR SBR always handles better than an AR pistol. However, AR pistols do have a few advantages.

      An AR pistol is legal in several states that ban SBRs (like California).
      An AR pistol is $200 cheaper and doesn’t have a 6-12 month processing delay.
      An AR pistol can be built on an 80% lower so it’s completely off the books.
      An AR pistol can be loaned to a friend or passed on to heirs without paperwork.
      An AR pistol can be transported across state lines without paperwork.
      An AR pistol can be concealed in a vehicle just like any other legal pistol.

      I’m going to build an AR pistol while I’m still in California. I can buy as many short-barreled uppers as I want (for the pistol) and then build/register a SBR when I move to a free state. I plan to keep the AR pistol even after I leave CA for the sake of travel across state lines and car-carry on long trips.

      • avconsumer2

        “An AR pistol can be built on an 80% lower so it’s completely off the books.”
        I was unaware of this. Thank you for posting sir. Learning!! Bon voyage re: your escape from Commie-fornia.

    • Walter Burns

      Have you ever actually tried to use one?

  • Blake

    7.5″bbl + .223 rifle ammo = LOUD!

  • 2wheels

    The same company that can’t make reliable handguns will gladly sell you an AR15 handgun… Nice…

  • KeithF

    AR Pistols are about as quick as you can get to starting an SBR project, you can possess the gun, in it’s operational entirety before the tax stamp is approved and once it is you simply swap the receiver extension (buffer tube) and engrave to add the stock. Or get the new SIG Arm Brace to stabilize it and save ~80 on getting the SBR (and it remains a pistol under law for CCW, transport, sale, etc.)

  • Raven Steeler Man Arceneaux

    I wanna know do they have a company that still makes the TEC 9 AB-10

  • Raven Steeler Man Arceneaux

    What is the model number of the 1911 that shoots 27 times and is it a 9MM or a .45

    • Cymond

      For a double-stack 1911, check out the STI 2011 series. Their 170mm magazine holds 26 rounds of 9mm or 22 rounds of 40 S&W (they don’t make a 170mm length magazine for the 45ACP). Flush-fitting magazines hold MSRP for the 2011 “Tactical” model is about $2,100 but they’ve available for more like $1800 if you shop around.
      http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-tactical-5-0/

      And no, no one makes a TEC-9/AB-10 anymore. Intratec didn’t survive the 1994-2004 Clinton gun ban. It doesn’t really matter, they were known for poor quality and lousy reliability. You can still get them on the used market, but they’re actually gaining some value as novelties. If you like overweight blowback 9mm pistols, you should check out Masterpiece Arms.