Colt Diamondback D5541 Nickel 4″ .38 Special Revolver & Box, 1976

SOLD FOR: $3,250

LSB#: 231115MG020

Make: Colt

Model: Diamondback Model D5541

Serial Number: D85949

Year of Manufacture: 1976

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver.

Barrel Length: 4” with Full Underlug & Ventilated Rib

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a finely serrated ramp blade that is integral 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 walnut with gold-colored Colt medallions. The grips have only a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Nickel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a couple of nicks and some scuffing at the muzzle. The cylinder has a thin, faint turn line. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with no play on each chamber while the trigger is depressed. The double action trigger is smooth. The single action is crisp. 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: Included is a faux-wood cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts and paperwork including a manual. The box and label appear to be reproductions. The paperwork may be, as well.

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 98% of its desirable nickel finish sporting a bright, sharp bore and appearing to have seen limited and gentle use. 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. In its high condition and with factory nickel finish, it should also turn the heads of collectors. Please see our pictures and good luck!

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

Colt Diamondback D5541 Nickel 4" .38 Special Revolver & Box, 1976
Colt Diamondback D5541 Nickel 4″ .38 Special Revolver & Box, 1976