DSA Trushot is a semi auto pistol designed and produced by Daudsons, a Peshawar based Pakistani Arms manufacturing company. DSA has been making quality firearms for decades and also making high quality weaponry for the local Defence forces. DSA shot guns are used by security companies in Pakistan, also their side by side shot guns are popular amongst the hunters. Trushot was made in 9 mm a few years ago. I happened to have a look at it in 2012 at the IDEAS exhibition. Now there are three types of Trushot, Trushot S(Sports), Trushot C (Compact) and the simple Trushot all chambered in 9 mm. Lately they have made a new model in 7.62 x 25 commonly called as 30 bore. I have for a long time wanted to review their handguns, so when a friend acquired one, I asked him to lend me for a review to which he very kindly agreed, for which I am greatly indebted to him. Please read on for more info…
Here are the specs of the piece being reviewed;
Caliber: 9 x 19 mm
Mag Capacity: 14 + 1
Barrel length: 4.15”
Overall pistol length: 7.4”
Pistol height: 5.7”
Pistol width: frame .9” slide 1.1″, the grip is almost 1.4″
Weight: 900 grams unloaded with magazine attached
Frame: solid Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy Billet. Treated with DSA Scratch-less TM Coating
- Sights: Front fixed (red fiber optic), Rear adjustable in one plane (two dot green fiber optic)
Slide: Forged Steel (Alloy)
Barrel: Made from High Grade 4140 Alloy Steel. Coated with DSA Scratch less TM Plating. 6 lands & grooves (1 twist over 254 mm)
Safety: Manual ambidextrous, which disconnects trigger, hammer and firing pin
- Finish: Matte black
- Accessory Rails: Standard accessory rails
- Grips: Black Polymer
Specs data as shown on DSA website.
Before I give a description I would share some photos of the DSA Trushot dis-assembled for you to see its quality.
Here’s a view form the other side. See the ambidextrous safety, the mag release is only for right handed shooters, I wonder if it can be made for left handed shooters as well. But since following DSA on Facebook and Instagram I have seen them to be supportive so might be possible.
So you get a pistol and two mags in a plastic box. The box quality is just ok. Also included was a target shooting report of the pistol, stating the date and pistol number and remarks of the shooter. I think the plastic box can be improved and DSA might consider adding a cleaning rod and brush not to mention an instruction manual. Believe me it adds value to the whole package.
The pistol take down is extremely simple, just rotate the take down notch 90 degrees and the slide comes off. I think its well designed in this area.
See the slide and frame dis-assembled. I am impressed with the quality of internal as well as external finish. No machining or tooling marks and inconsistencies.
See the slide form inside. Sorry for the bad quality photos 🙂
Ok guys the sight picture is good. Although the fiber optic could have been a little more bright. The colored three dot system helps in better target acquisition. The finish to really good.
Here’s the recoil spring and supporting rod. Nothing much to say here, seems ok to me.
The barrel itself has a fine finish. The inside land and grooves were good. Impressive work dudes!
Here’s a photo with the slide stop engaged.
Ok guys here’s my take on the DSA Trushot 9 mm. I think its a fine pistol by all standards. I talked to the local dealer in Rawalpindi asking if he could give me two spare mags with the pistol and he readily agreed. The grip is ok, there’s checkering on it which will help give a good grip in case of sweaty hands. The initial impression on looking is of a good quality handgun, it exudes good quality. The frame has checkering on the grip as well as trigger guard for a good hold. A rail on the front means you can attach a torch or red dot sight. As compared to plastic frame pistols it is slightly heavier but still manageable. A 14 + 1 double stack magazine means you get good capacity for SD. The pistol itself is fine, DSA however, needs to make improvements to the packaging and need to add cleaning materials and instruction manual in the box. The pistol is selling in rs 45,000 range as of now which is not bad at all as you get a Pakistani designed, good quality pistol in this much money. Much better than buying copies of US, Turkish or other guns with no guarantees or quality control. The pistol has high bore axis and short trigger reset.
Most of us are fans of imported pistols, rightly so because the local industry does not or has not been able to make weapons that can compete in quality with imported ones. They might be cheaper but when it comes to quality and reliability, nothing is guaranteed and finally there is the absence of after sales support. Now coming to the present scenario in Pakistan, all imports (commercial) are banned since at least last 5 years. This has made a huge demand and supply gap. A Chinese CF 98 which used to cost Rs 30,000 is now selling for Rs 120,000. So what is the solution? But local desi clones? Or get a well designed Pakistani weapon that guarantees quality and after sales support? I would go for option 2. It beats clones in quality as well as price. DSA has rightly identified this ban period and invested its time and money in R&D. While all others from Darra till Kohat Road industrial area are busy churning out unreliable copies upon copies there is one company that has chosen to take the difficult path. If you look at it that way it is the first Pakistani designed pistol, which itself is commendable. Frankly if you ask me its better to go for a local designed pistol made with relevant quality control mechanisms in place rather go for a copy of Glock, Beretta and Zigana etc. The reason being that DSA being a local manufacturer will be able to supply spares.
I am dying to take this pistol for a good range session, but due to the lock down its not possible for now. And finally a word about reliability. To me that’s the number one quality that a weapon MUST possess, all other are secondary. How reliable is the DSA Trushot? Only time will answer that question, because four or five years is too less a time to establish reliability factor of a weapon. I have seen photos of the various torture tests been carried out by the military procurement and testing department. They have now a new design in 30 bore as well and another pistol named DSA Nine chambered in 9 x 19 mm, Glockish in looks 🙂 I will make an effort to review all these models and test fire them for accuracy and feel. Till then stay safe and stay Corona free. Cheers.