Diamondback RTS Shotgun

We found the Diamondback RTS shotgun at the 2012 SHOT Show.  It is a working prototype right now, but Diamondback hopes to have them shipping sooner rather than later.  We’ll keep you updated.  (Update 11/13/2012 – The latest on the production of the Diamondback shotgun is at the bottom of the article.)

Diamondback RTS Shotgun

I went to the Diamondback Firearms 2012 SHOT Show booth with the intent to give them some positive feedback on their DB9 I now have in long term testing. Then something caught my eye leaning against a wall behind their display cases.

“Got anything new?” I asked with a raised eyebrow and a stare at the item in question. Following my gaze, the rep came out from behind the counter with a pump action shotgun in his hands. It had the Diamondback logo on the receiver.

I was referred to Brad Thomas, the founder and CEO for Diamondback’s Firearm side (the Airboat side has been around for over two decades). He showed me Diamondback’s new shotgun, the RTS, which is built on the Mossberg 590 design.

Diamondback is licensed to use the basic 590 platform, but manufactures the receiver to Diamondback’s own specific tolerances. The barrel on the weapon will be Mossberg produced and the stock and pistol grip on the prototype are from another maker, but the core of the shotgun is Diamondback enhanced.


Diamondback .32 NAA Conversion

If I recall correctly, I got to see a .32 NAA version of the Diamondback pistol at the 2011 Media Day at the Range.  Diamondback published this video of a barrel conversion for the DB380.

If you aren’t familiar with the .32 NAA, it is a bottle neck pistol cartridge that uses a necked-down .380 ACP case.  Generally, the .32 NAA cartridges will use the same .380 magazines, so a simple barrel change is all one needs to run the new ammo in the gun.  It works a lot like the .357 SIG/.40 S&W barrel swaps.


Suppressed Diamondback DB9, DB380

A few months back, reported that Diamondback Firearms had teamed up with Thompson Machine to make a suppressed DB380.  Now it seems they are doing the same for the DB9 9mm pistol. (Check out my article: Diamondback DB9 Gen 4 Review.)

American Rifleman is reporting that Diamondback is producing suppressed versions of the DB9 pistol now.  There is no mention of this on the Diamondback site, but American Rifleman writers saw the pistol at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers show held earlier this month.