Sold for: $9,020
Model: Double Diamond Officer’s Model & Python
Serial Number: Officer’s Model: 0144DD / Python: DD0144
Year of Manufacture: 1986
Caliber: Officer’s Model – .45 ACP / Python – .38 Special and .357 Magnum
Action Type: Officer’s Model: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine / Python: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: Officer’s Model: The left side of the slide is marked “Double Diamond”, “Colt / 150” and “45 Automatic”. The right side of the slide is marked “Colt Officer’s ACP”. The right side of the frame is marked “Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A.” and “0144DD”. The barrel is marked “Colt 45 Auto”, and the magazine floorplate is marked “Colt / 45 Auto”, “M /S” and with the Rampant Colt logo. Python: The left side of the barrel is marked “Double Diamond”, “Colt / 150” and “.357 Magnum Ctg.”. The crane and the crane cut are marked “DD0144”. The right side of the barrel is marked “Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A.” The left side of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle at the front and a “V” at the back.
Barrel Length: The Officer’s Model is 3 5/8” and the Python’s vent rib barrel with full underlug is 6” in length.
Sights / Optics: Officer’s Model: The front sight is a fixed black blade with a white dot. The rear sight is a black square groove with 2 white dots. The top of the slide is matte gray finish to reduce glare. Python: The front side is a red ramp pinned to the barrel. The rear sight is a target style adjustable for windage and elevation. It has a white outline insert, and is adjustable for windage and elevation. The top of the barrel and receiver have a gray matte finish.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips on both models are smooth rosewood with Rampant Colt medallions. Officer’s Model: there is a small spot of discoloration at the top of the left grip, and they are in Excellent overall condition. Python: There are no marks and the grips are in AS-NEW overall condition.
Type of Finish: The finish on both models is bright stainless steel.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore on both handguns is bright, with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in either bore.
Overall Condition: Officer’s Model: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are fine scratches on the bottom of the grip frame just behind the magazine well. The screw heads are sharp, and the markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition. Python: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are scratches on the left side of the barrel above the ejector rod, and on the left side of the frame above the trigger. The rest of the barrel, cylinder and frame all show light handling marks. The cylinder has a drag line. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The actions function correctly. We did not fire these handguns.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The Officer’s Model comes with a 6 round stainless steel magazine marked “Colt / 45 Auto” and with the Rampant Colt logo. It is in Excellent condition. This set comes in a cherry wood display case with a glass insert in the lid that is etched with the Colt logo. The case is lockable, and the key is included. The inside of the case is lined with black velvet and has a blue and gold medallion marked with the Rampant Colt logo and “150 Years of Colt Craftsmanship 1836-1986”. The top of the lid of the case has a small compression mark at the front middle. The sides of the case show handling marks on all 4 sides. The felt bottom has wear at the edges plus a spot of discoloration. The inside of the case is pristine. Overall, the case rates in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a very rare and collectible set of Colts. Only 1000 of these sets were manufactured in 1986. Although slightly used, these handguns are still great looking, especially when in their display case. They represent great value, and their stainless steel finish will probably still be looking bright and shiny decades from now.