SOLD FOR: $1625
Model: Diamondback (Model #D5140)
Serial Number: AA06971
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: DA/SA Double and Single Action 6-Shot Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “DIAMONDBACK / .22 LONG RIFLE”, the right is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”. The side plate has Colt’s rampant logo, the left front of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle, the rear with “6”. The crane and crane cut are marked with the serial number, “AA06971”.
Barrel Length: 4” with Full Underlug and Ventilated Rib
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a finely serrated ramp blade that is pinned to the rib; the rib and topstrap are matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation, pinned to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grip is an aftermarket Pachmayr Compac checkered black rubber with ergonomic pinky groove. There are light handling marks but otherwise the revolver is free of any notable wear or damage. There are no rips or tears. The checkering is well-defined. Overall, the grip rates in Fine condition, as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with well-defined rifling. There is no erosion, but there is minor stubborn fouling throughout.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few minor nicks scattered about, most notable on the frame. The cylinder has a faint turn line partly through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up solidly on each chamber with the trigger depressed. The double action trigger is smooth, the single action is light and crisp. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Diamondback includes its serial matching factory box with styrofoam inlay and various factory paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Diamondback is essentially a shorter framed Python with a dash of the Detective Special, both in the cylinder and grip frame, sharing similar aesthetic dynamics and is no less striking in appearance than its predecessor. This revolver retains about 97% of its finish with some scattered wear that is most notable on the frame. This will make for a great shooter or will do well to help fill out a collection of Serpent guns. Those familiar with the Python line understand the accuracy these revolvers are capable of; this one should prove to be no different. Good luck and happy bidding!