COLT Diamondback 38 Special DA/SA Double Action Revolver MFD 1982 Snap-Case

SOLD FOR: $1588

LSB#: 220127PK008

Make: Colt

Model: Diamondback

Serial Number: P87484

Year of Manufacture: 1982 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: DA/SA Double and Single Action 6-Shot Swing Out Cylinder Revolver

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “DIAMONDBACK / .38 SPECIAL CTG.”, 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 an inverted triangle. The crane and crane cut are marked with the serial number, “P87484”.

Barrel Length: 4” with Full Underlug and Ventilated Rib

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade that is pinned to the vented 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.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood, each with silver-colored Colt medallions at the top. There are minor handling marks and the bottom of both panels have a few light nicks on the outer edges. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in Fine-to-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is rather bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion, but there is a bit of minor stubborn fouling dotted throughout.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. Along the left side of the revolver the barrel has several light nicks through the finish, the crane arm has operational scuff wear, the frame has scattered minor nicks most notably on the top strap, and the side-plate has a few minor nicks through the finish. Along the right side of the revolver the top strap has a moderate nick/tool mark at the rear sight pin, the frame has scattered minor nicks, again most notable on the top strap, the barrel has several minor nicks through the finish, as does the underlug. The crown of the barrel has a few very minor nicks. The matte top strap has a few minor drag lines. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Fine-plus 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 and consistent cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Diamondback includes a blue Colt factory snap-case.

Our Assessment: The Diamondback is a shorter framed Python with a dash of the Detective Special, both in the cylinder and grip frame, sharing similar aesthetic qualities and is no less striking in appearance than its predecessor. This revolver retains about 97% of its finish with wear that is purely aesthetic. 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!

COLT Diamondback 38 Special DA/SA Double Action Revolver MFD 1982 Snap-Case
COLT Diamondback 38 Special DA/SA Double Action Revolver MFD 1982 Snap-Case