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    Ben --

    One more visual indicator to date your diamondback as an early one - it has the skinny Rampant Colt with the long mane and tail with both legs over the lance. This style ran up to roughly the late '60's ('66-approx 68 for Detective Specials).

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    I paid close to that same money for a used Diamondback, about one year ago.
    The finish wasn't nearly as nice as the OP's gun, matter of fact, the one I bought appeared to have been refinished by a police armourer, because it was a utilitarian polish/finish.

    The gun was nice and tight, and appeared to have been fired sparingly.
    Rather than polish/reblue the gun, I had it Nickel Plated, and it was returned to Me just before Christmas.
    Well worth the cost for the finish, and the 6.5 month's wait time!


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    Thanks for sharing the info and images ColtStar- that nickel finish is definitely pretty! Gun should be coming in today, can't wait to get a look at it

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    That nickeled gun is a very early 1978 with R prefix serial.
    My original Diamondback is also an R serial prefix, but that one, I bought brand new in Nov 1977....(just a couple weeks after buying My then new 1977 Buick Century station wagon)

    Both revolvers are equipped with factory original (to the guns), smiley grips.
    Here's My old, well used, 1977 Diamondback.
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    Looks like you got a great shooter for that price. Don't have to feel bad about taking it to the range and throwing some lead down range! Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeCharmer23 View Post
    Looks like you got a great shooter for that price. Don't have to feel bad about taking it to the range and throwing some lead down range! Congrats
    Thanks! I'm very happy with it, and posted new photos in the thread "Diamondback Came In"


 
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