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