Big Capacity, Small Size: Del-Ton DT20 Enters Micro-Compact Market

Zac K
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After years in the AR biz, Del-Ton is moving to the concealed carry market. [Del-Ton]

Del-Ton has been building AR parts and even full rifles for a long time now—but what about pistols? For 2024, the Del-Ton DT20 enters the micro-compact pistol market. The North Carolina-based manufacturer says it has the most magazine capacity in this segment.

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The Del-Ton DT20 is a polymer-framed micro-compact double-action striker-fired semi-auto chambered in 9x19mm—nothing particularly groundbreaking there! What makes the DT20 different is a double-stack magazine that doesn’t reduce to a single round at the top. It’s able to do this thanks to a new patent-pending trigger design.

Del-Ton designed the trigger bar in such a way that it doesn’t extend backwards into the pistol’s grip. Instead, it reaches upwards, pushing a “button” on the inside of the slide that acts as the sear. Thanks to new ATF regulations, this means the slide itself is considered the pistol’s serialized “frame” component, says Del-Ton. In theory, this means users can swap out frames in the future while keeping the same upper parts.

This is also supposed to make everything simpler and more affordable, according to Del-Ton—and it also allows a flush-fit 12+1 magazine, which Del-Ton says is the most in the micro-compact pistol market.

The Del-Ton DT20 ships with two magazines. Custom-fit holsters are coming soon. SIG sights should fit. [Del-Ton]
The Del-Ton DT20 comes with a stainless steel slide, with nitride coating. The barrel length is 3.3 inches. Iron sights come standard, with no cutouts for optic mounts. The slide is just under an inch wide. Del-Ton staff says the pistol has SIG-style sight bases, allowing buyers to install aftermarket sights without waiting around to adapt to a new design.

The trigger pull is six pounds. The DT20 pistol weighs 17 ounces without a magazine inserted; it ships with two magazines.

Del-Ton says it’s working on getting holster manufacturers to build systems specifically for the new DT20 pistol. However, the pistol does fit in some existing universal-fit holsters that are not shaped to hold a specific pistol.

Earlier this winter, the company said the DT20 would hit shelves in the second quarter of 2024, at an MSRP of $499. For more details, check out Del-Ton’s website here.

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  • Cory Carlson Cory Carlson on Mar 20, 2024

    I bought a 20" del ton upper and slapped it on a cheap dpms lower... Didn't expect much... But it's the most accurate AR I have for whatever reason. Shoots lights out even with m855. Im usually lucky to get 3" with m855, but the delton keeps it under 2 all day. I would definitely give this a shot, they've been manufacturing for long enough to know what they are doing... Price point will be the deciding factor. If I can get a Glock for the same price I'll take a Glock but ill check this out. Definitely take this over a p365/365xl with it's pull the trigger and shake awake firing feature. Poor sig, outdone by delton lmao.

    • BaconLovingInfidel BaconLovingInfidel on Mar 21, 2024

      @Cory Carlson “ it's pull the trigger and shake awake firing feature”

      What does this reference?

  • BeoBear BeoBear on Mar 25, 2024

    I want to read a review, this is an advertisement. At a $499 MSRP it would have to be one heck of a gun to compete with guns in the same price range like the Canik Mete MC9 especially since the Del-Ton isn't even optics ready. Looks like it's too little, too late to me.