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    Took a Chance on a Diamondback

    Hello everyone, this will be my first post on the forums, and thank you in advance for your knowledge and advice!

    I have always appreciated Colt's quality and craftsmanship, and have wanted to get one of their snake guns for quite a while now. I am not a collector, but despite the high prices, the python and diamondback in particular are appealing to me, because of their history, reputation, and awesome appearance.

    Recently, I purchased a 4" .38 diamondback I saw listed online. Now, I haven't purchased a gun online before, so despite the seller's positive rating and the photos of the gun, I knew I was taking something of a risk. But for it's appearance and the price I could not pass it up (I paid $1100- only wear I can see are some small scratches on the trigger guard). But I want to get your opinion! Was this a good buy? Does everything look correct on this diamondback?
    I will post some of the seller's photos and put my own up when the gun comes in!
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    Waste of your money. People in the know only spend their money on Pre War Colts. So its not a complete loss I will give ya $500 to get you out of your hole.

    I kid I kid. From what I can see it looks nice, and 1100 is a good price for a Dback today. Cheapest I have seen for sale is $1450 in an LGS, though I haven't really been trolling online for any.

    You should be happy with it.

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    The trigger guard "scratches" appear more like road rash. The 1st picture indicates pitting on the frame but the quality of the picture is iffy at best. Can't see the left side VP on the trigger guard. Truthfully? An evaluation is sketchy given the seller's pictures and lighting and lack of close ups of the sideplate screw, left side barrel marking showing a clean rollmark of the "Diamondback". Here's a '78 unmolested owned by me.

    One picture only as it arrived to me before cleaning.

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    Looks pretty clean to me. Don't see any barrel or front cylinder wear on that 1968 model..

    I paid 200 more for a '77 in about the same shape.

    Oh yeah... Welcome aboard
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    I'll include a few more of the seller's pictures. It is hard to see some of the details but hopefully these help. Even if there is more wear to the gun than I can see, my thought was it was still a fair price. I did think the grips might be incorrect as I thought the serial # started with D...but it could also be an R. Hard to tell









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    You may be correct on the grips. My '77 has the smiley and you have the straight cut under the medallion. We both may have the wrong date. I'm not a grip expert by any means but I think we need to switch!

    Diamondback <<- Click here

    What I do know is... one of the older fellas will be here soon to tell us what is right.


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    I 'think' that font style on the right side of the barrel and the use of of a roll pin on the hammer both pre-date the use of the straight line stocks. The light colored wood is also indicative of later production I believe.

    The shade of blue on the barrel doesn't match the rest of the gun, but that isn't unheard of with blued Dbacks. Barrel could be original, or could be a replacement.
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    Wow, that's a lot of good information. Thanks! Now I'm really wanting to get this gun in and examine everything (determine if the stocks are correct or replaced- if the barrel is original or replaced- and of course if it functions as it should). Like I mentioned, I am not a collector, so I won't lose sleep if something isn't original, but it will be nice to know

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    See what I mean... this place is crawling with old ghostly spirits.

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    Sometimes the direction of polishing on the barrel versus on the frame of a gun will result in a difference
    appearance in some types of lighting.
    I would not be too concerned about that difference until you get it in and look at it in different lights (outside
    on a bright overcast day is best).
    If you do find those grips are not exactly right for the age of the gun, they probably will still have a similar
    value. If you find you need earlier grips, offer a trade in the 'Want to trade' section of the Forum.
    A price of $1100 is about what I would expect to pay for such a DB if it were for sale at a local gun store.

    Welcome to the Forum!!
    If that does not work, try to sell them in the 'want to sell' section and use that money to buy the ones
    that you need from another member or on Ebay.


 
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