Colt Model Diamondback .38 Special Double Action SA/DA Revolver, 1969 C&R
SOLD FOR: $2525
Serial Number: D31620
Year of Manufacture: 1969 (Colt Serial Lookup)
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Double Action SA/DA Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder
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, CONN. U.S.A.”. The side plate has Colt’s rampant logo, the left front of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle. The crane and crane cut each have the serial number and an inspection mark.
Barrel Length: 2 1/2’” with Full Underlug & Ventilated Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a finely serrated ramp blade with orange insert that is integral to the ventilated rib; the rib is matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base pinned to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with gold-colored Colt logo medallions. There are some light nicks, scratches and scuffs scattered throughout. The butt of the grips have some dings, light compressions and finish loss. The checkering is generally well defined with some light to moderate scratches on both sides. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, just a few light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks in each position with barely perceptible play. 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 in appearance and mechanics than its predecessor. The ‘positive lock’ action provides good 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. This could still make for a nice carry revolver today, more than 50 years after it was made, but the 2 1/2″ Diamondbacks are quite appealing to collectors and the nickel finish even more so. This will make a nice addition to a Colt serpent collection. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!