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Thread: DIAMONDBACK DB15B AR-15 RIFLE - American Rifleman Review

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    DIAMONDBACK DB15B AR-15 RIFLE - American Rifleman Review

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    American Rifleman - Diamondback DB15B AR-15 Rifle


    (NOTE: Taurus markets the DIAMONDBACK line)

    DIAMONDBACK DB15B AR-15 RIFLE

    The DB15 is an all-American AR-15 with well-thought-out features from a four-year-old, pocket-pistol company.

    By B. Gil Horman (RSS)
    August 02, 2013

    Located in Cocoa, Fla., Diamondback Firearms LLC made its way into the shooting market back in 2009 with a.380 ACP polymer pocket pistol called the DB380. It was soon followed by the DB9. Still in its infancy, Diamondback jumped into the competitive AR-15 market with the release of its DB15 series in 2012, and the timing couldn't have been better. At that time, the AR-15 style of rifle (or Modern Sporting Rifle if you prefer) was already securely anchored as one of the most popular rifles available. The recent political upheavals in relation to 2nd Amendment rights have caused these rifles to fly out the doors of gun dealers with even greater haste.

    In becoming an AR-15 manufacturing company, Diamondback decided to launch its DB15 rifle series using the U.S. Military's tried and tested gas-impingement system. Diamondback also chose to deliver a product made entirely in the United States, using components machined in its CNC facility. The model used in this evaluation is the DB15B, with B indicating that the rifle sports a matte-black finish from head to toe. Other finish options include tan, camouflage and a nickel-boron.

    Chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem., the rifles feature a 16-inch 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel with a 1 in 9-inch twist rate. The free-floated barrel is threaded to accept muzzle accessories and arrives with an A2 flash hider installed. The upper and lower receivers are constructed of forged 7075 T6 aluminum, with the upper being of the A3 flat-top variety. The upper receiver's Picatinny rail meshes neatly with the milled in full-length top rail of Diamondback’s proprietary 8.75-inch aluminum one-piece hand guard, which extends over the gas block. The other three integral rails of the quad-rail accessory system are 2.25-inches long and located at the muzzle end of the hand guard.


    The MilSpec 8620 bolt carrier is shot-peened and subjected to a magnetic particle inspection (MPI). A commercial-grade stock tube supports a six-position collapsible stock. Both the polymer stock and the A2-style pistol grip on this rifle are supplied by TAPCO with additional stock options available. The DB15B’s controls present no surprises. The magazine release, bolt release and charging handle are all standard AR-15 fare, shaped and located in the normal positions. This rifle arrived with one aluminum 30-round magazine.


    At the shooting range, the DB15B nicely demonstrated the handling characteristics that make AR-15 carbines a popular shooting option. It successfully fed, fired and ejected test ammunition flawlessly using the provided magazine and some of Brownell’s aluminum after-market magazines. The trigger gauged at 7 pounds, 1 ounce, which is dead center of the typical factory 6 to 8-pound trigger pull weight. The curved, smooth-faced trigger was as comfortable to work with as a factory trigger can be.

    The aluminum handguard is a little heavier than some, but once the rifle was shouldered it was not too noticeable. Diamondback deserves a pat on the back for not covering every single square inch of the hand guard with Picatinny railing. Instead, the company wisely limited the length of three lower rails. They're just long enough to add some gadgets while leaving plenty of smooth, hand-friendly space for holding the rifle with the support hand. It’s comfortable and functional instead of "Tacticool."

    Two sighting options were tested with the DB15B, as the rifle comes without sights. For iron sights, the rifle was fitted with flip-up battle sights from XS Sight Systems. Teaming up with Troy Industries, which provides the Picatinny sight bases, the rear sight was fitted with the XS CSAT aperture. Designed by Paul Howe, the top of the CSAT rear sight is squared off and cut with a square notch, like a pistol sight, for engaging targets at close range. Below the square notch is the traditional small aperture for shooting out to 100 yards. The rear sight can be flipped to a large aperture as well. The front sight was topped with XS Sight's new 24/7 Tritium Stripe sight. It’s a .100-inch wide square-top post with a white stripe for daylight and half-light sight acquisition, and a Trijicon tritium lamp for low-light situations. During informal accuracy testing, this XS sight configuration proved to be accurate and easy to use. It only took a little practice to transition from close to distant targets using the CSAT aperture.

    For formal accuracy testing, the XS sights were folded down and a Leupold VX-R Patrol 1.25-4x20 mm FireDot Special Purpose Reticle (SPR) scope was attached using a Mark 2 IMS scope mount. The VX-R features a fixed crosshair with a red dot at the center that can be adjusted for brightness. The combination of the fixed cross hair, the red dot and the adjustable magnification allows this scope to support most of the applications for which a combat carbine like the DB15B would be employed, including close-range defense and extended-range competition and target shooting. The quick-release base makes it easy to remove the scope if needed and keeps the zero when the scope is re-installed. Shooting five consecutive, five-shot groups from a bench rest at 100 yards, groups ranged from 1.5 inches to 2.25 inches in size. As expected, recoil was mild with all loads tested.


    The fit and finish of the DB15B is top notch with all of the components coated properly. The tolerances are what you would expect to see from a new gun, with all of the controls running smoothly and the Picatinny rails cut properly to provide a secure fit for sights and accessories. The Diamondback handguard hits the mark in both the comfort and practical application departments. The DB15 arrives ready to shoot, once you have your preferred sight system in place. The Diamondback DB15B demonstrates all of the positive qualities most folks are looking for in a reasonably priced AR-15.


    Manufacturer:
    Diamondback Firearms LLC; diamondbackfirearms.com
    Model: DB15B (AR-15 Rifle)
    Action: Gas-impingement semi-auto
    Caliber: 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington
    Finish: Black Anodized hardcoat
    Barrel: 16-inches, 4140 chrome-moly, M4 contour, free floated
    Bolt Carrier: Shot-peened, magnetic particle inspected MilSpec 8620
    Lower Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 aluminum
    Upper Receiver: A3 flattop forged 7075 T6 aluminum, T-Marked
    Handguard: Diamondback aluminum modified four rail
    Pistol Grip: Tapco A2 style
    Stock: Tapco six-position collapsible stock
    Overall Length: Collapsed 32.5”; expanded 36.25”
    Sights: None
    Weight: 6.65 lbs.
    Capacity: 30+1 rounds
    Twist: 1:9” RH
    Accessories: One magazine, lock, owner’s manual
    Suggested Retail Price: $958




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    I saw one at Walmart and fell in love with it. For me it was well balanced and looked great. I passed on it as I have other desires right now. But I think about that beauty every few days.
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    Very nice! Wished my Walmart carried firearms. Out of 3 none of them do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nut016 View Post
    Very nice! Wished my Walmart carried firearms. Out of 3 none of them do.
    I don't know of any in the Houston or Beaumont areas, but some of the more outlying areas in SE Texas carry them.

    On my recent travels, several of the Walmarts in the suburban St. Louis, MO area (Lake St. Louis area) had them in stock.
    These stores also had a decent assortment of ammo and accessories. My youngest daughter, the former TABC agent, was considering a DiamondBack from her local Walmart in Lake St. Louis.

    Last week, I had high hopes for the Walmart in D'Iberville, MS, but that store did not carry firearms.

    BTW since you are in the Houston area, you might want to check Freedom Munitions local Houston store for ammo; they often have discount coupons good in-store posted on Facebook. In a recent posting on Facebook, they had pallet loads of .380 in the Houston store, with a 5% coupon. I may have to call to see what they have, as I will be in Houston for my grand daughter's birthday party in a few days.
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    Just curious if anyone has bought or shot one of these? I was maybe going to pick up the DB15FDE this weekend but there arent to may reviews around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishinkeylargo View Post
    I saw one at Walmart and fell in love with it. For me it was well balanced and looked great. I passed on it as I have other desires right now. But I think about that beauty every few days.
    LOL it is so odd to see AR's in Wal mart now. I will keep my eye on Diamondback for now they had such a rocky start it does make me hesitant to purchase one but I wish you good shooting with yours.
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    I have not been looking for this at Wal*Mart, I know that when I work there we did not carry any AR's at all. Will have to check to see if this has changed.
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    I remember how they started to drop all firearms because of the liberals demands. I'm sure they will do it again when Obama farts.

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    It's a great looking rifle with a boat load of features. A little pricey, but I'll bet it is worth every penny they are asking for it.

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    Decided against the DB15. Palmetto had a great Easter deal for a PSA AR15 and a Mossberg AR22 for $799. Hard to pass that up. Two guns for less then what I was going to pay for the Diamondback. See how it goes when they come in. Giddy up
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