I’ve got more information (and photos) of the new Diamondback DB15 rifles I first mentioned last month. After seeing them in the databases of a major gun dealer, I knew they were real, but I just didn’t have photos to share. That’s all changed now that Diamondback posted their pretty new AR’s online.
A variety of models are, or will be, available. Variations include different colors, handguards, sights and stocks. As can be seen in these photos, they will offer everything from a plain-Jane black M4-style rifle to a Magpul-equipped gun to a flat dark earth colored gun with a free float handguard.
At first blush, it appears the company has some nice models that should appeal to many black gun enthusiasts. Personally, I’d love to test drive the desert model shown, but with a Magpul CTR stock instead of the standard collapsible buttstock.
According to the company, the components are machined in-house on Diamondback CNC machines. It is not known how many of the parts are made in-house and what other bits and pieces are outsourced. For example, it would be safe to say that the lower receiver is rolling off a Diamondback machine. But, how about other parts like the trigger? The flash suppressor? Many manufacturers outsource a large number of AR parts, so Diamondback it would be completely normal for Diamondback to bring in a number of parts from the outside.
Information on the company website is sparse, but the Diamondback DB15 uses the standard direct gas impingement system. They are chambered for the 5.56. It is not known if other calibers will be available in the near future. Demand from customers would be the most likely motivator for the addition of new chamberings.
A Picatinny rail on the receiver seems to be standard fare across the line. Personally, I like the flat top receivers. I also prefer rifles with a folding front sight, which appears to be an option on several of the new DB15 rifles. Nice.
At the 2012 SHOT Show, we saw a prototype Diamondback 12 gauge shotgun, which we figured would be the next major product release from the company. However, it looks like we were wrong on that count. Regardless, the addition of a completely new product line suggests the company is healthy and expanding, which is a good thing.
We’ll be at the 2012 NASGW Expo next week and will hit the Diamondback booth to get more information and photos on these new DB15 rifles.