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Old 03-05-2020, 07:54 AM
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Colt Diamondback

I might have posted these previously, but I finally found some original grips and took fresh pictures

1973 .22 lr

I bought it in 2014 on a whim, there was an online ad and the seller lived one mile away. Itís a great plinking and fun gun with a great trigger both in SA and DA. Paid $ 750.- for it. In hindsight I feel I overpaid a little as the condition is shooter grade with some honest wear. But theyíre very hard to find here, so no regrets.

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Old 03-05-2020, 07:54 AM
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1975 . 38 spl

This one was bought at an LGS in 2018. I felt it would make for a nice pair, with a different caliber. Since itís small and light it makes shooting .38 quite lively. Itís my first nickel gun and I think it looks fantastic. Strangely I also paid $ 750.- for it, and I think it was quite cheap.



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Old 03-05-2020, 08:03 AM
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I love nickel plated Colt and SW revolvers.

Diamondbacks are almost as expensive as Pythons in the USA. Old Pythons, that is.
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Old 03-05-2020, 08:17 AM
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I sadly had several Diamondbacks years ago, but was dumb enough to sell 3 of them.

Just one left.

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Old 03-05-2020, 09:59 AM
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Beautiful colts! I’m hoping the Diamondback 22lr is on the list of snake guns colt might bring back. My father has a new python and it’s amazing. I’d love to see the Diamondback return.
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Old 03-07-2020, 05:42 AM
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Very nice, OP!

My one and only safe queen. NIB Diamondback (38 Spl) in the original box. Sheís never been fired outside of factory testing. In fact the cylinder has never been turned, or dry fired. What a waist of an awesome Pony. An old gift from Mrs. VF-1.

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Old 03-07-2020, 06:50 AM
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I have a few Diamondbacks, a 4 inch 22 and a 4 inch 38. Both NIB. I'd love to take either one to the range but they're just worth to much in present condition. I never intended to have safe queens and I'm afraid I have several. I have several old Smiths that are NIB also. They aren't the collector grade that the Colts are but I just can't bring myself to shoot them. Well I do have some old Colts and Smiths that have been used so I have stuff to shoot. I need a new Python, 4 inch barrel, that would be fun.
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Old 03-07-2020, 07:36 AM
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My one and only safe queen. NIB Diamondback (38 Spl) in the original box. Sheís never been fired outside of factory testing. In fact the cylinder has never been turned, or dry fired. What a waist of an awesome Pony. An old gift from Mrs. VF-1.



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Beautiful gun, thanks for showing it, and youíre lucky to have such a Mrs.
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Old 03-07-2020, 11:06 AM
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Diamondbacks are almost as expensive as Pythons in the USA. Old Pythons, that is.
Well, not quite as expensive, but I know what you mean. Pretty much any older Colt "snake" revolver, even the older King Cobras are now well north of a thousand bucks. Apparently the mystique of the Python has rubbed off on them. Colt was wise to get back into the revolver market, but I wish they didn't make the new ones so ugly or cheap-looking.
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Old 03-07-2020, 11:55 AM
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The situation with original grips has me perplexed. Everybody wants them now. But for collectability? Originality? Photos?

Certainly not for shooting!

To me and my paws , the Python and D'back has some of the worst grips (stocks) ever put on a revolver. When I was in the gunbiz , I recall selling a set of aftermarket grips with almost every revolver (Colt/Smith/Ruger/etc) I sold. Herretts , Pachmayrs , Hogues , etc. Most of the time the original grips went in the original box , the gun went in a butterfly case before they went home with the new owner. Many times they got left behind. I recall several gun shops with boxes of new original take-offs , $5/set for like new stock service grips.
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Old 03-07-2020, 06:20 PM
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Thanks for sharing those Diamondback pictures. I think a very well balanced gun.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:53 PM
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:45 PM
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Remember hearing that you won't pay too much for a Colt, buy you might pay too soon.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:02 AM
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Well, not quite as expensive, but I know what you mean. Pretty much any older Colt "snake" revolver, even the older King Cobras are now well north of a thousand bucks. Apparently the mystique of the Python has rubbed off on them. Colt was wise to get back into the revolver market, but I wish they didn't make the new ones so ugly or cheap-looking.
They wouldn't look so bad, if they just retained the old D frame trigger guard, and grip frame shape. I'd love to have a new King Cobra built on a Magnum carry frame. This would also make grip and holster shopping far simpler.

I'm very grateful that Colt didn't try to reinvent the wheel with the new I frame's profile (it would've been nice if they retained the cylinder stop bump on the side plate though). The thought of the new King Cobra wearing a vent rib barrel and being marked "Python" is disgusting to me.

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Old 03-27-2020, 01:13 AM
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The situation with original grips has me perplexed. Everybody wants them now. But for collectability? Originality? Photos?

Certainly not for shooting!

To me and my paws , the Python and D'back has some of the worst grips (stocks) ever put on a revolver. When I was in the gunbiz , I recall selling a set of aftermarket grips with almost every revolver (Colt/Smith/Ruger/etc) I sold. Herretts , Pachmayrs , Hogues , etc. Most of the time the original grips went in the original box , the gun went in a butterfly case before they went home with the new owner. Many times they got left behind. I recall several gun shops with boxes of new original take-offs , $5/set for like new stock service grips.
Yes, yes and yes

I shot the .38 with original grips a few weeks ago, and youíre quite right, one of the most uncomfortable one Iíve shot, ever. The leading edge on the back is very sharp and digs into my palm like a jagged edge knife every time I shot it, I was very surprised.

And it didnít help accuracy, this shot at 25 meters



It looks good though
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Old 03-27-2020, 07:56 AM
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Nice Diamondbacks Classic12.

Can I play? The grips were by Eagle. I still have the skinny factory grips.

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Old 03-27-2020, 12:07 PM
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I Have two 6 inch nickel diamondbacks, one 22lr and one 38. bought new in July 87 in the box and never fired.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:04 PM
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Well, This is my wife's plinker. Got it back in 1978 or so for 250.00 I don't think she would ever want to get rid of it. Colt made some really fine firearms and we really like our DiamondBack in 22lr.
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I am encouraged by new Python line that Colt will be back in revolver game.

Asked a Colt rep if he thought they would bring back the Diamondback in .22. He said they may do a .22, but definitely not under Diamondback name. They lost the rights to the name to another gun company using Diamondback.
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Well, This is my wife's plinker. Got it back in 1978 or so for 250.00 ....
That's about the right price for that period.
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I am encouraged by new Python line that Colt will be back in revolver game.

Asked a Colt rep if he thought they would bring back the Diamondback in .22. He said they may do a .22, but definitely not under Diamondback name. They lost the rights to the name to another gun company using Diamondback.
Taurus currently owns the "Diamondback" trademark. Colt did build other 22LR guns such as the Trooper, Police Positive, Official Police, and Officer's Model Match. If it has to be a snake gun, they could revive the Viper (in spite of it never being a 22 LR in the first place).

I'd like to see a 12 shot 22LR built on the current Python frame. Colt spent way too much money updating the I frame design just to build a 357 magnum Python and nothing else.
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Old 05-07-2020, 12:02 PM
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Whats a 2 1/2" 38 DB going for these days. Its nice condition, maybe 97%

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Whats a 2 1/2" 38 DB going for these days. Its nice condition, maybe 97%

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The snub is highly sought after and in nice condition will bring more $. Try a Gunbroker search as this will give you an idea of what they're bringing.
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