Factory D Engraved Colt Diamondback Model Blue 6″ .22 LR Revolver, 1979

SOLD FOR: $11026

LSB#: 230727HE010

Make: Colt

Model: Diamondback, Factory Class “D” Engraved

Serial Number: R51433

Year of Manufacture: Shipped October, 1979

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 “E” on the rear portion. The crane and crane cut have the serial number, the cut is also marked “C”. The left of the grip frame is marked “COLT ENG.” under the grip. The barrel, frame and cylinder have extensive factory class “D” scroll engraving.

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 checkered walnut stocks with gold-colored Colt logo medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Excellent overall 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 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent 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: This revolver comes in a Colt Custom Shop leatherette presentation case with formed orange velvet insert and a Colt factory letter confirming the original configuration of the revolver, factory engraving, and that it was originally shipped with a presentation case. The gun was shipped to Valley Gun Distributors in Northridge, CA on October 25, 1979 as one of two such revolvers in the shipment. The yellow “stop-sign” hang-tag is still present on the trigger guard.

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 99% of its finish in Excellent condition, sporting a bright, sharp bore, and comes with its original box. 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. That said, this revolver is factory class “D” engraved with gorgeous scroll work throughout the exposed metal surfaces. With its Custom Shop presentation case and Colt factory letter, this beautiful revolver is sure to catch the attention of Colt collectors. Please see our pictures and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Factory D Engraved Colt Diamondback Model Blue 6" .22 LR Revolver, 1979
Factory D Engraved Colt Diamondback Model Blue 6″ .22 LR Revolver, 1979