Davis Industries of California produced value-priced handguns. The company began producing guns in 1982 and is noted for its Davis derringers, which accounted for about 25 percent of Davis’ products.
Davis Industries used an inexpensive die-cast zinc to allow the production of guns at low cost. The company produced handguns in calibers of .22, .25, .32, .380, 9mm and .45. The company's primary time of production ranged from 1986 to 1998. Davis Industries was categorized as one of the six companies founded in southern California that manufactured guns nicknamed “Saturday Night Specials.” The company was sued by a gun owner whose Davis P-380 pistol exploded in his hand; Davis settled the case in 1995 for $40,000, according to Violence Policy Center.