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Old 01-29-2013, 02:08 PM
Maddawg46 Maddawg46 is offline
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Colt Diamondback- NEED HELP




I just saw a 1968 Colt Diamondback in pristine condition. There is no paperwork or box. Guy wants $1400. Should I jump on it? I don't know the worth. I hate to wait too long.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:10 PM
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Thats into Python pricing. I would not pay that for a D-back with no box or paperwork.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:08 PM
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I just saw a 1968 Colt Diamondback in pristine condition. There is no paperwork or box. Guy wants $1400. Should I jump on it? I don't know the worth. I hate to wait too long.
Depends on caliber and barrel length. Around here (DFW) a .22LR DB can easily bring $1100-$1200 for a 4" blued in very good shape with original grips. A 2-1/2" or 6" barrel, or chromed, even more. Just look online - you'll see them listed for $1400 - $1600 everywhere.

Decent Colt Pythons are now well north of $1400. The prices are just insane on Colts in the last year.

But, condition is king. For $1400, it should be 99%, and the grips in excellent shape and well fitted. Heck, a good pair of factory grips can bring $250. I have two Diamondbacks in .22LR caliber and they are extremely nice revolvers, regarded by many as one of the best modern revolvers ever made. They are just beautiful to look at and really fun to shoot. However, if you are new to revolvers you'll wonder how anybody ever hit anything with them.

I think $1400 is at the high end for a local sale, but not unreasonable, depending as mentioned above. However, if you are buying hoping to flip it, I would pass. I'll pay top dollar for something I've been looking for and in pristine condition, but not on a whim.

As always, just my opinion.


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Old 01-29-2013, 04:24 PM
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Too rich for my blood but rest assured it will sell; maybe not to you but it *will* move.

Personally speaking if it was something I wanted and I had the scratch, I'd go go for it. Life is short and six months from now will you really be wringing your hands over that $1400 or will you be enjoying a superb revolver and not giving so much as a rat's a-- what you paid for it? I know where I'd be in that scenario...
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:18 PM
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I would love to have a 4" .38 Spcl Diamondback.
I am a dyed in the wool S&W guy, but the Diamondback has got to be the nicest .38 ever built.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:47 PM
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If it's not worht the price today in your neck of the woods it certainly will be soon.

Colt double action revolvers have gone nothing but up. Pythons and Diamondbacks lead the trend.

Typically, all else being equal, the .38 Diamondbacks do not bring as much as their .22LR counterparts.

Everything else depends upon conditition.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:06 PM
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Never parting with my 2 1/2" blue .38spl
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:06 PM
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Just too high without box and papers, especially if it's a .38 spl. I'd say a grand to $1100 is probably top dollar.

I picked up a 4" .22 with custom holster [extremely well done with the Colt logo] a few years ago for $600 and thought I overpaid because I was comparing it to a S&W Mod 18 at the time. Found out later I did OK and am shocked at how much they seem to ask for them nowadays.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:24 PM
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It's a .22 caliber not .38. Tis gun is in California. In my state I can only buy guns face to face, so it is hard to find something within driving distance. This state sucks!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:13 PM
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It's a .22 caliber not .38. Tis gun is in California. In my state I can only buy guns face to face, so it is hard to find something within driving distance. This state sucks!
It would still help to know the barrel length. If it's other than 4" and really is pristine, offer $1250 and go from there. To all those who think it should be closer to $1100, I bet they haven't bought one lately, and I mean in the last 6 months. Prices from a few years ago are meaningless. A few years ago Series 70s 1911s were $600-$800, nothing over $1K. Now a like new in box brings $1100 easy, and $1500 for a boxed pristine sample. Unless you've actively shopped or sold in the last few months, your ideas of value may be seriously out of date.

It's like using AR15 values from a few years ago. They have no bearing on today's prices.

I guarantee if anyone here has a 2-1/2" or 6" .22 pristine Diamondback, you can find a buyer at $1400, and get $1200 for a 4".

Maybe it's just Texas and where I look online, but this is based on my personal experience. As always, your mileage may vary. In the end, it's only worth what you are willing to pay.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:02 PM
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I have a 6" Nickel 22lr DB and was offered $1600 for it at the range last month........................all I did was . And then say NOPE!!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:49 PM
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Apparently Colt only made 2200 Diamondbacks in .22LR, nickel and 6" all around 1979.
Even the Blue Book, which is way behind on Colt prices lists these at up to $3,750 for one in NIB.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:35 PM
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I bought it today for $1250. Its a blued, 4" .22 cal. I did all the revolverr checks and it all seemed solid. Ends up its the owners gun. I had to pay tax and the $25 DROS fee. California.....pick it up on February 11th! Im a happy guy. Now my wife is talking about taking it away, because she really likes it. Guess its ok as long as she lets me shoot it once in a while. Thanks for everybody's input.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:32 PM
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You did good. I know a seller who moves them like hotcakes and ALL his are over two grand. With box and stuff usually, but still, the dollar is devaluing, and Colts are going up, so eventually the lines of money and gun will intersect.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:42 AM
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You did not get beat up on that deal.

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I bought it today for $1250. Its a blued, 4" .22 cal. I did all the revolverr checks and it all seemed solid. Ends up its the owners gun. I had to pay tax and the $25 DROS fee. California.....pick it up on February 11th! Im a happy guy. Now my wife is talking about taking it away, because she really likes it. Guess its ok as long as she lets me shoot it once in a while. Thanks for everybody's input.
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