Sold for: $4,275
Serial Number: S78524
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1979
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Double Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “DIAMONDBACK / .38 SOECIAL CTG.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’s PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD. CONN. U.S.A.”. The crane cut is marked “S78524 / G” and the crane is marked “S78524”. The Rampant Colt logo is on the left side of the frame, without a circle. The left side of the frame, under the grip is marked “H” and “6”.
Barrel Length: 6″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is pinned blade. The rear sight is a windage and elevation adjustable notch. There is a ventilated rib on the barrel. br>
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered and finished hard wood with Gold medallions. The butt of the left panel has a bit of a chunk. There is no other wear to the grips and the checkering is sharp. This looks like it is the result of a drop (off of the pistol). The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Electroless Nickel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a tiny mark on the right side of the rib, at the chamber. There is another mark forward of the rampant logo on the left side of the slide/ The balance of the pistol is remarkably unmarked. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp, though some the VP and marks around the trigger guard are light as a result of the factory finishing and plating. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Diamondback resembles a scaled down Python, with all the reliability and quality that we have come to expect from the Python. This gun has hardly been used or carried, and is in an exceptionally rare and desirable finish. The revolver is one of the safest firearms to carry, and will be a piece you can prominently display in your collection – they didn’t make many Electroless Nickel Diamondbacks and they certainly aren’t making them anymore.