Colt Diamondback .38 Special 4” Double Action SA/DA Revolver, MFD 1981

SOLD OFR: $2,675

LSB#: 240418SH004

Make: Colt

Model: Diamondback

Serial Number: S87730

Year of Manufacture: 1981 (Colt Serial Lookup)

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: Double Action SA/DA Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder

Barrel Length: 4”, Vent Rib, Full Underlug

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade fixed to the ventilated rib. The rib and topstrap are matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a square notched leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation, pinned to the topstrap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with gold-colored Colt medallions at their tops. The grips have minor handling wear with a few scuffs scattered about. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine Plus condition.

Type of Finish: Nickel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright, the rifling is sharp. There is a bit of stubborn fouling but no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 9 or 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a superficial turn line on the cylinder and some scattered handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks in each position with no play when the trigger is pressed. We did not fire this firearm. We have cleaned this firearm and performed a mechanic’s check but expect many will want to clean the firearm again depending on their standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes with a tan soft-sided Kolpin pistol case.

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. This revolver retains about 98% of its finish with light wear in the grips, sporting a bright, sharp bore and solid cylinder lockup. This will make for as beautiful a display piece as it would a shooter. Those familiar with the Python line understand the accuracy these revolvers are capable of, this one should prove to be no different. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!

-J. Ren

Colt Diamondback .38 Special 4” Double Action SA/DA Revolver, MFD 1981
Colt Diamondback .38 Special 4” Double Action SA/DA Revolver, MFD 1981