SHOT Show Debut - Diamondback SDR .357 Magnum

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I found this today when checking out new guns at the SHOT Show online.

Diamondback SDRDiamondback had its new .357 SDR revolver on the shooting line. Coined the Self-Defense Revolver for its size and power, this small hand cannon is one of the lightest single-action/double-action six-shot .357 magnums on the market at just 1.3 pounds. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Some good info on that revolver here. I do believe I want one.
https://diamondbackfirearms.com/sdr/

I swear, I feel like a little kid in a toy store “I want this one and this one and this one and…” :rofl:

I must say that is the best looking revolver I have seen in a while. I would hope that it’s as reliable and accurate as it is good looking.

That 21oz weight would sure make me hesitant on shooting magnum loads though. I am sure it would be quite invigorating.
 
I found this today when checking out new guns at the SHOT Show online.

Diamondback SDRDiamondback had its new .357 SDR revolver on the shooting line. Coined the Self-Defense Revolver for its size and power, this small hand cannon is one of the lightest single-action/double-action six-shot .357 magnums on the market at just 1.3 pounds. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Some good info on that revolver here. I do believe I want one.
https://diamondbackfirearms.com/sdr/

I swear, I feel like a little kid in a toy store “I want this one and this one and this one and…” :rofl:

I must say that is the best looking revolver I have seen in a while. I would hope that it’s as reliable and accurate as it is good looking.

That 21oz weight would sure make me hesitant on shooting magnum loads though. I am sure it would be quite invigorating.
The cylinder is interesting.

Scuttlebutt from YT is that it takes J-frame grips. So, lots of options if you don't like the stock grip.
 
Psh. 21 oz is a cake walk.😋 Try the J frame scandium/titanium 357 mags. My S&W 360 M&P at 13 oz is punishing. One version of the 340 PD is even lighter than that at 11 oz. The 360 hurts. It hurts worse than any other handgun I own, super ultra magnums included.

I like the look of the Diamondback. I might grab one if I see one.
 
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I found this today when checking out new guns at the SHOT Show online.

Diamondback SDRDiamondback had its new .357 SDR revolver on the shooting line. Coined the Self-Defense Revolver for its size and power, this small hand cannon is one of the lightest single-action/double-action six-shot .357 magnums on the market at just 1.3 pounds. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Some good info on that revolver here. I do believe I want one.
https://diamondbackfirearms.com/sdr/

I swear, I feel like a little kid in a toy store “I want this one and this one and this one and…” :rofl:

I must say that is the best looking revolver I have seen in a while. I would hope that it’s as reliable and accurate as it is good looking.

That 21oz weight would sure make me hesitant on shooting magnum loads though. I am sure it would be quite invigorating.
That’s CUTE!! and .357 too!
 
That’s CUTE!! and .357 too!
To me, it definitely is a good looking revolver, but I am not sure I would be willing to buy a new model revolver. It seems many companies these days allow guns to be Beta tested by their customers. I

I know one thing, with a weight of 21 ounces I would probably never fire a magnum round out of it. 😆
I had a S&W model 60 Pro. It weighed 23 ounces. I fired many rounds of .357 Magnum from it and it was way too much recoil. It was a stupid move on my part.
Aside from my 60 Pro being a piece of garbage, it went back to S&W a number of times (4) because the barrel shroud kept turning and the Perf. Center would not fix it properly. The gun was designed for .357 Magnum, but it couldn’t handle .357 Magnum.
Anyway, aside from my bitterness toward the Perf. Ctr and their BS, I just know that if I owned an SDR it would probably never see a .357 Magnum round. .38 is sufficient enough in a gun of that weight.
 
If they make guns anywhere near like they make airboat hulls, it will take a beating. Company I used to work for had a fleet of airboats. Out of 16 airboats, they had 2 Diamondbacks and they were far and away the strongest hulls we had. I even watched a guy dead center a barge piling in one running about 20 mph. He went flying. The boat suffered a dent in the front that a sledge and 2x4s took care of.

Being all stainless construction, I would think that this little revolver would handle 357 just fine. Me, maybe not so much!
 
I have to agree that it looks pretty good. If the trigger guard was a smooth curve instead of having those two little kinks in it it would be even better. That said I have no interest in owning a stubby revolver but I do appreciate good lines in any firearm. If I really wanted something in that category I could probably get over the trigger guard thing. :)
 
Psh. 21 oz is a cake walk.😋 Try the J frame scandium/titanium 357 mags. My S&W 360 M&P at 13 oz is punishing. One version of the 340 PD is even lighter than that at 11 oz. The 360 hurts. It hurts worse than any other handgun I own, super ultra magnums included.

I like the look of the Diamondback. I might grab one if I see one.
I was in a BiMart in Oregon a few years ago and they had S&W 36S ( I believe that was the model designation) that weighed 11 or 12 ounces for sale at $360. I liked the looks of it but a voice inside told me to walk away fast, so I did.
A couple years ago a guy offered to let me shoot his 340PD. He said he wanted someone else to shoot it to see what they thought of the recoil and accuracy he was getting shooting Hornady American Gunner .357 Magnum.
I looked at his target and saw 4 holes in a full sized silhouette target.
The guy looked like a kid begging for a toy he wanted.
I said “Sure. What’s the problem?”
He said “I think something is wrong with it. It really hurts to shoot it and I can barely hit the target.”
The gun was laying on the bench and I thought “Man that’s a cool looking revolver.” I had only seen photos of them.
I picked it up and felt how light it was. The cylinder was open and empty.
I put the gun back down and said “No thanks. Not with that ammo. You need to get you some .38 Special ammo and try that. This revolver is totally wrong for you. This range has beginner’s shooting classes. Go to one of their classes and they will help you get something a little more appropriate for you.”
Some pinhead gun salesman talked this poor guy into buying the 340PD as his first gun.
I saw the guy sometime later. He saw me and came over to thank me. He had traded the 340PD for a S&W Shield.
There is no way I would shoot magnum loads from a 340PD. :rofl:
 
Has anyone tried one of these yet? How's the trigger?

I don't know why I'm asking. I already know I'm going to buy the first one I see. Neat to see a revolver made in my state.

Wife was in Cocoa today. I wish I had known, I would have had her stop by the factory and tell them to hurry up and make me one.

From personal experience with a J-frame 940, (and that one is steel), really light 9s are surprisingly rappy.
Moon

I thought I was the only one who noticed. As heavy as a 940 is, I was astonished with the recoil. It's not 38 +P out of an airweight, but it is lively.

My second favorite thing besides shooting it is to say "9mm clip" a lot at the range and correct the old guys who try to correct me.
 
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I thought I was the only one who noticed. As heavy as a 940 is, I was astonished with the recoil. It's not 38 +P out of an airweight, but it is lively.

My second favorite thing besides shooting it is to say "9mm clip" a lot at the range and correct the old guys who try to correct me.
I was both surprised and perturbed; had been looking forward to the 940, and it took some shopping on Gunbroker. Shared the revo with some friends, and got the same reaction; "damn, that's rappy". The most comfortable solution are 147 gr 9s, which feel a great deal like regular .38s in a steel Centennial.
Still laughing about "9mm clips"; coffee launch!
Moon
 
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