Diamondback Firearms DBX 57 Is Somehow a ‘Pistol’
The Diamondback Firearms DBX 57, which were introduced at this year’s SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show), are quite a weapon. It has a 5.7 x 28 millimeter chamber, 8 inch barrel, standard AR 15 mil spec trigger, and Magpul MOE-K grip. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the Sig Sauer MPX, and this semi-automatic, latched twin gas pistol gun with breech has an overall length of 16.1 inches without the folding strut and 24.5 inches with the slide extended.
It’s a pistol by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) legal definition – but it only seems to be at stake, though if that’s enough for BATFE it should be more than good enough shooter.
It also means the average Joe civilian can own this fun looking firearm, which is built on a 7075 anodized aluminum hard-coat frame that comes with a full-length Picatinny rail for mounting hinged iron sights or other optics. It also features a 6061 aluminum handguard and DBX muzzle device.
More than budget AR-15
Founded only in 2009, the family-owned and operated Diamondback Firearms, based in Cocoa, Florida, have grown rapidly and made a name for themselves in the modern AR-15 sport rifle market.
New firearms like the DBX 57 only confirm that this company is so much more than just making affordable yet reliable ARs. This pistol is testament to Diamondback’s ability to innovate in a market that really has become much more of “same old, same old.”
While this pistol has the look of an AR, those looks would be deceiving. This is because, as already mentioned, it is intended for the unique 5.7 x 28-millimeter cartridge, which FN Herstal at the beginning of the nineties as a replacement for the 9 x 19-millimeter NATO cartridge that has existed for almost every year. Cartridge has developed. This round has been slow to take hold in recent years and has been used most frequently in a handful of firearms, including the FN P90 PDW and Five-SeveN pistol, and more recently the Ruger 57 pistol.
Diamondback even thoughtfully made the DBX 57 compatible with these FN Five-Seven 20-round magazines, and the company has indicated that future models would also be compatible with Ruger 57 magazines.
In addition to the unique caliber, the pistol’s operating system is also different from the AR platform. The DBX 57 does not use direct impingement, but rather a double gas piston system with a locked lock, known for its reliability and durability. Despite the “under the hood” differences, the pistol shares similarities with the AR – and even accepts AR triggers, safety selectors, and pistol grips for those who want to make the adjustment.
“Diamondback Firearms has worked hard to bring not only a new and different product, but something really innovative for shooters,” said Kaley Cox, Marketing Director, Diamondback America. “We are very excited to introduce the DBX 57 to our customers and to introduce them to something that goes beyond the traditional pistol or carbine on the market.”
The DBX 57 is really compact and weighs only 3.7 pounds with the bracket. The only thing that isn’t small is the MSRP of $ 1,299, but quality comes at a price!
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear, including A Gallery of Military Headdress, available on Amazon.com.