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    Thanks for the advice SaintClair! I checked Colt's website and if the serial # is D15782 that would make it a 1968. If it is R15782, then it would be from 1978 (It's hard to tell which from the photo). The stocks make me think it is a 1978, but a couple members seemed to think it was the older model. I look forward to finding out which it is.

    I have heard that while the amount of hand-finishing for diamondbacks was less than pythons, some of the early production diamondbacks did have more "TLC" put into them than later ones. Any ideas if that is true?

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    Hope you get it soon and post your own pics.
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    Very nice Diamondback. Now you need to find a .22 Diamondback to match it.

    The grips/stocks look mismatched unless I misread something above - you have a smiley cut panel on one side and a straight cut panel on the other side.

    I didn't look at the serial number itself, but looking at the hammer itself would put the serial number as a "D" prefixed serial number with roughly a 1966-1967 manufacture date.

    1966 — SN D1001 +
    1967 — SN D2600 +
    1968 — SN D14400 +
    1969 — SN D26500 +

    Yes, the hammer on your Diamondback is what they call an HHRP hammer (Hollow Hammer Roll Pin) - this was something Colt was doing in roughly the 1966-1967 time frame, and possibly slightly later. After receiving several comments that the Colt HHRP hammers made the Colt's look like a Smith & Wesson, Colt went back to the less obvious filled in roll pins on the hammer.

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    Had to scratch my head on that one.... thought I was going nutz.

    Take a look at the first post.... that is his gun and it seems the grips are a matched set. What's confusing is there are two other pictures in this thread that aren't his gun. Those two have smiley cuts. Yeah... I know.... it's all confusing to me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overhere View Post
    Had to scratch my head on that one.... thought I was going nutz.

    Take a look at the first post.... that is his gun and it seems the grips are a matched set. What's confusing is there are two other pictures in this thread that aren't his gun. Those two have smiley cuts. Yeah... I know.... it's all confusing to me too.
    Post #3 is my Diamondback, not to be confused with the OP's Diamondback

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    Post #6 is mine.. LOL

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    Haha I saw these comments and was thinking "how in the world could I have not seen that the grips were mismatched??" Glad to get that worked out I should be getting the gun in tomorrow and will post my own pictures when I get it. Thanks to your information, I am thinking this is an early Diamondback with newer grips on it. The grips look to be in great condition so I may keep them or try to trade/sell and get some correct ones for it.

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    I saw a 4" 22 cal DB ANIB today at LGS for $2200. I believe it was in the S serial number range. That is pretty late, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    I saw a 4" 22 cal DB ANIB today at LGS for $2200. I believe it was in the S serial number range. That is pretty late, isn't it?
    I would think so because I have one of the Custom Shop Coltguard D-backs and its an S serial number range gun.. Has to be in the early 80's since thats when they did the Coltguard finish.

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    The biggest part of the "S" serial numbers are mid production with some chaotic scatterings of "S" serial numbers in some of the later years.

    1979 — >S01001
    1980 — S27029
    1981 — S62978-S88000,

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