The Pakistani handgun: Daudsons Trushot and DSA Nine

Daudsons Armoury is a Pakistani defense manufacturer based in Peshawar, that is starting to really come into prominence within Pakistan. The company makes a number of different products, from break open double barrel shotguns to 40mm high velocity automatic grenade launchers. Daud, or “داوود”  in Arabic, is the Islamic version of Christian Biblical David, who is considered a prophet in Islam, and thus is a popular name among many Muslims, Pakistanis included. Thus, Daudsons Armoury probably should have been named Daud’s Son’s Armoury. The company appears to have been formed in 1954.

However their foray into the handgun market is quite fascinating for an indigenous firearms maker from Pakistan. These aren’t the handmade Peshawar small arms we often blog about, or the completely copied firearms that are made elsewhere in Pakistan. This is professionally made and marketed handgun that could probably compete with a Glock or Sig Sauer at that rate. Granted, there are a number of features here that are copied from American and European handguns, but the pistol itself has some originality going on as well.


The handgun came out around three years ago, but it was only brought to TFB’s attention recently. There are three variants, a full size model, a reduced weight full size (by way of barrel flutes and cut slides), and a compact. All are in 9x19mm NATO. It is a double action, Browning tilting block, semi automatic handgun that incorporates an external hammer, manual/ambidextrous safety, and ambidextrous magazine release. The magazine holds 14 rounds, and the entire pistol weighs 32 ounces unloaded. The barrel is made from 4140 steel while the frame and slide are aluminum. Grip panels are polymer. Slide release looks to be something off a Beretta Cheetah. Overall it looks like the handgun has alot of Sig Saur design takes.

daudsons 1


This guy really needs to take an NRA class or something, his muzzle discipline is going to someday get him or someone else hurt!


DSA Nine

The DSA Nine has yet to reach production stage and is still going through product testing and experimentation right now. However from what we can see, it is the companies venture into producing a polymer handgun. The slide is very similar in appearance to that of a Glock and appears to be steel as well. Frame is polymer, looks to model a Sig 320, even down to the beavertail. Unlike a Glock or Sig, it has an external manual safety. Both of these handguns have this manual safety feature, and it might be because they are looking for Pakistani Army or Government contracts.

ds2 ds3 ds4 ds5


Much Thanks to TFB reader Sam Hasan for the input on this post!


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at


  • AD

    It’s interesting to see and compare firearms from different parts of the world. The grip angle on these looks a little uncomfortable to my eyes; it’s quite vertical. Also, that Trushot has a truly hideous cut on the slide!

    • Martin M

      I agree on that nearly 90° grip angle. It likely simplifies the magazine and feed.

  • cons2p8ted

    Looks like a Glock with clubfoot disorder!

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I thought Glocks had clubfoot disorder…

  • iksnilol

    Looks like something I’d see in a videogame.

    • SP mclaughlin

      It reminds me a bit of the German frankenpistol from Dying Light.

  • Never thought I’d see a modern handgun uglier than a SIG.

  • Kovacs Jeno

    Not “Saur” but “Sauer” (German family name, with original meaning: “acidic”)

  • Giolli Joker

    They may not be the prettiest but overall they seem properly realized.
    The finish of the machining seems good.
    The one shown in the photo with open slide looks to have a straight rather than slant machining on the forward area of the slide.

  • Strongarm

    Trushot pistol seems a copy of Turkish Girsan in a different make up and with an addition of screw mounted trigger bar cover, and since Girsan being a copy of Walther P 88C in a highly different make up, all this becomes that Trushot is a copy of Walther P88C in a very very different make up.

  • AK

    I can just see the branding for the USA market:
    “Davidson’s – from the City of Men for men”

  • Friendly Man

    Exxxxxcuse me, that’s the _Judeo_-Christian Biblical David- or the dead-Jew-on-a-stick Biblical David if you prefer.

    • Careful you don’t cut yourself on that edge, my euphoric friend.

  • GPSrulz

    Finally, someone made an uglier Glock clone.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    The DSA seems to have gotten the trigger guard and trigger shape right from the pictures. The beavertail looks like the slope of the tang is to gradual not allowing you to get as high as you can on the gun. The safety is also to small but is in a good position.

  • plingr2

    Are you sure, that the slide are made from aluminium ?

  • noob

    “MS Creation?”

    • datimes

      How about that music in the video?

  • d_grey

    Thank you Miles! Made my day. 😀
    Glad to know my home country’s manufacturer made it in a feature article, Daud son’s enjoys a good reputation here and they are seen as a manufacturer which potential. Let’s see how they perform in the pistol trials for the army.

  • LazyReader

    Trekkies giggle at the name

  • d_grey

    Thanks Miles, glad to see a homeland manufacturer making it on a news article, really made my day. 😀

  • RSG

    Aluminum slide?!?!?! You sure?

  • Graham2

    It looks like the offspring of some sick handgun gang bang!

  • Jacob Peters

    Unlike the Indians, Pakistan seems for the most part to produce decent firearms. Something to be said for a Gun culture. Perhaps they could also start producing Bolt Action Lee Enfields for the Western market.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    “World’s Best”

    Heroin is a helluva drug!