SOLD FOR: $1652.90
Model: Diamondback, Model D5160
Serial Number: S71666
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted 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, CONN. U.S.A.”, the side plate has Colt’s rampant logo, the left front of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle, and on the rear portion is a poorly struck inspector’s mark. The crane and crane cut have the serial number, the cut is also marked “X”.
Barrel Length: 6” with Full Underlug & Ventilated Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a finely serrated ramp blade that is pinned to the ventilated rib; the rib is matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a blade that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Presentation grips with gold colored Colt medallions. The grips have minor handling wear with a few small marks and some finish wear on the medallions. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: 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 96% of its metal finish. There are spots of finish wear at the leading edges of the barrel and bottom-front corners of the frame. There is small spot of minor oxidation on the left of the barrel lug just in front of the ejector cutout. The action shows minor operational wear. There is minor discoloration from oxidation on the bright polished side faces of the hammer. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup is tight with no movement on all 6 chambers when the trigger is depressed. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Diamondback is essentially a shorter framed Python both in the cylinder and grip frame, sharing similar aesthetic dynamics and is no less striking than its predecessor. This revolver retains about 96% of its finish in Fine condition, sporting a bright, sharp bore and minor wear in its rubber grips. The ‘positive lock’ action provides SOLID cylinder lockup, with smooth double and single action trigger pulls. Those familiar with the Python line understand the accuracy these revolvers are capable of, this one should prove to be no different. It’s in high enough condition that it will interest collectors, but shows just enough wear that you can take it out to the range instead of keeping it as a safe queen. Please see our pictures and good luck!