The New Sidekick from Diamondback Firearms

Check out the Sidekick, the new 9-shot, rim-fire revolver from Diamondback Firearms. (Photo: Diamondback Firearms)

(Cocoa, FL) – Diamondback Firearms, creator of high-quality firearms and industry-leading components, is excited to introduce the Diamondback Sidekick, a 9-shot, single and double action rim-fire revolver with a swing out, interchangeable cylinder.

The Sidekick has a 9-round revolving chamber capacity in both calibers and both cylinders are on a quickly convertible swing out arm for fast interchangeability allowing the user to switch between standard and magnum power in just seconds and even faster ejection and reloading, which is sure to excite even today’s modern shooters.

The DB Sidekick hits the mark when it comes to combining the all-time sought-after classic cowboy style featuring all your favorite attributes of a modern revolver. The Sidekick is chambered in 22LR with a 9-shot cylinder and comes with an additional 9-shot cylinder chambered in 22Mag, allowing the buyer to enjoy a firearm that is great for self-defense with manageable recoil, hunting small game, pest control, as well as some enjoyable and inexpensive target practice. The Sidekick higher capacity allows for 3 more snakes, rabbits, or soda cans depending on what you’re hunting.

The Sidekick has a 9-round revolving chamber capacity in both calibers and weighs 32.5 ounces. Both cylinders are on a quick-convertible swing-out arm for fast interchangeability allowing the user to switch between standard and magnum power in just seconds, additionally offering faster ejection and reloading, which is sure to excite shooters.

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While the Sidekick models an old school cowboy revolver keeping with that classic look and feel, Diamondback has added features like the cylinder release being incorporated to the old school ejection rod, a cool smooth black Cerakote finish, and checkered polymer grip panels. They also went with a rear integral and a fixed front blade sight. These features are wildly important when you need to be quick on the draw. The Sidekick will initially be offered with a 4.5” barrel having 1:16RH twist, 6 groove rifling.  This package weighs in at 32.5 ounces and has an overall length of 9.875.

“Diamondback Firearms cut their teeth in the industry by producing their ultra-compacts DB380 and DB9 pistols and are also well known for their high-quality AR-15 rifles,” says Rachel Maitlitz, Marketing Manager for Diamondback America. “This year, we are working hard to expand our product line and bring new designs to the market. The DB Sidekick is the latest product in the Diamondback lineup and helps expand Diamondback’s product offerings into new areas.”

With a budget-friendly MSRP of just $320, the Sidekick (model DBSK22LMB) is sure to be a popular choice for first-time owners and firearms enthusiasts alike. Diamondback will officially launch the Sidekick on November 22, 2021. Fans can check the official countdown clock as well as a collection of new Sidekick photos on the Diamondback homepage at www.diamondbackfirearms.com

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Lewis August 27, 2021, 11:48 am

    I’m anxious to get to handle (and likely buy?) one of these. It looks very simular to the High Standard Double Nine of the 60’s, particularly the cylinder release mechanism. Those were excellent revolvers and I expect this will be also as Diamondback has an excellent reputation.

  • Old OutdoorsGuy August 27, 2021, 11:29 am

    Editors: Please remove the last comment I made. It wouldn’t register as “Your comment is awaiting moderation” and I simply assumed that it hadn’t gone through the process or was properly submitted.

    Thank you for editing this for me

    Tom Reigle aka, Old OutdoorsGuy

  • Old OutdoorsGuy August 27, 2021, 11:26 am

    I brought back a single action .22 convertible shooter from my stay in Germany in the mid-60’s and this brings back old memories of those times hunting “cans and empty bottles” deep in the backwoods of PA. That old gun now shows so much age in the finish and overall appearance and it has such wear on the trigger sear that the trigger has become such a light “hair” trigger that I stored it away for safety’s sake years ago.

    And, as ammo again soars to the stratosphere in pricing, I have limited my target practice to minimal shooting of what I was accustomed to doing.

    The writeup on this new rimfire convertible was a bit sketchy on details about the gun itself so I will include a copied and pasted list from the “Specifications” list from the Diamondback website:

    Specifications:

    Caliber: 22LR / 22Mag Convertible.
    Action: Single & Double.
    Grips: Checkered glass filled Nylon.
    Capacity: 9 rounds.
    Front Sight: Blade.
    Rear Sight: Integral.
    Barrel length: 4.5”.
    Overall Length: 9.875”.
    Frame & Handle Material: Zinc.
    Frame & Handle Finish: Black Cerakote.
    Weight: 32.5 oz.
    Twist:1:16 RH.
    Grooves: 6

    For a modern .22 convertible, priced at around $325.00 MSRP with the new innovations including DA/SA and new cylinder release, I will have to give serious thought to buying one to do a bit of plinking again. With a limited income of Social Insecurity to equip myself with ammo at today’s prices, this may be the only way I can still get to the range on weekends to enjoy the target shooting I once valued so much. Thanks to Diamondback Firearms for a chance to relive some of the earlier enjoyment of an Old OutdoorsGuy again!

  • Old OutdoorsGuy August 27, 2021, 11:02 am

    I brought back a .22 convertible from my stay in Germany in the mid-60’s which looks much like this shooter. It has seen much use since that time and shows much wear on its blued finish and overall appearance. A very cheaply made gun at a very cheap price, around 250 DM [a Deutsche Mark in the 60’s was valued at about 0.25 USD or 4 “Marks” to the Dollar]. The sear on the trigger ass’y is worn off to such a state as to be too light a “hair” trigger for me to attempt to shoot safely any longer.

    So, I am quite glad to see this handgun available today for less than $325.00 and in both single and double action to boot!

    The stats on this 6 gun, uh, “9” gun, were sketchy in this pre-issue writeup so here is a bit more on its description:

    Specifications:

    Caliber: 22LR / 22Mag Convertible.
    Action: Single & Double.
    Grips: Checkered glass filled Nylon.
    Capacity: 9 rounds.
    Front Sight: Blade.
    Rear Sight: Integral.
    Barrel length: 4.5”.
    Overall Length: 9.875”.
    Frame & Handle Material: Zinc.
    Frame & Handle Finish: Black Cerakote.
    Weight: 32.5 oz.
    Twist:1:16 RH.
    Grooves: 6

    I haven’t bought a firearm since I moved to FL 20 years ago, as my inventory suited my needs, but I do have to give this one serious thought as one of my favorite hobbies was [and will be again maybe] can and bright colored target “hunting”. My aim is still good but Arthur has found a home in my thumbs now so that double action may be a selling point for me. Glad to see this writeup as I don’t often click on sidebars when I want to read a main story on GA.

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