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    Diamondback grip question

    I am in process of buying a 2.5" Diamondback. Bought new in 1972 and put away in the box and never fired. It is from a very elderly lady who was the original purchaser with the receipt. The gun shop installed a Pachmayer grip and trigger shoe when she bought the gun, and are still on the gun. It has a set of grips that were what was on the gun before the store put on the pachmayers. They look like a nice aftermarket grip but not original to me. If any of the experts here know....were these factory grips? Thanks in advance.
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    I seriously doubt it!
    I'm sure that the Diamondback snubbie came with service type stocks, very much the same as Detective Special stocks: checkered with Colt medallions.
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    Those grips are definitely aftermarket grips. A set of nice service model
    grips will be quite expensive (maybe $200) for that gun. You can use
    short frame Detective Special grips. They look and feel nice, but they were never
    used by Colt on the DB's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    Those grips are definitely aftermarket grips. A set of nice service model
    grips will be quite expensive (maybe $200) for that gun. You can use
    short frame Detective Special grips. They look and feel nice, but they were never
    used by Colt on the DB's.
    I was hoping they were not that bad price wise. I have another Diamondback snub that I have the Detective special grips on to make it look like the gun from Bullitt. This one I want to return to dead stock as it is unfired and in the original box with the receipt. Thanks

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    When I posted my reply it slipped my mind that the Diamondback stocks were square butt, whereas the Det Spl are round butt. I'd keep an eye on eBay & Gunbroker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyeti View Post
    I was hoping they were not that bad price wise. I have another Diamondback snub that I have the Detective special grips on to make it look like the gun from Bullitt. This one I want to return to dead stock as it is unfired and in the original box with the receipt. Thanks
    When I posted my reply it slipped my mind that the Diamondback stocks were square butt, whereas the Det Spl are round butt. I'd keep an eye on eBay & Gunbroker.

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    Those stocks look like Jay Scott which was a subsidiary of Colt.
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    The factory service stocks are a findable item. J Scott grips are what I also suspect those are.

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    Thanks! I think they are the Jay Scott mahogany Diamondback grips (the square butts versus the Det. Specials). I am praying that the elderly lady has the original grips somewhere. Unfortunately, as was VERY common in the gun sales world in the revolver days....the originals were likely dumped in a box, the gun put in the case with the Jay Scott's, and then the counter guy added the rubber grips and trigger shoe for the little lady. I wish I saved the, literally, hundreds of S&W target grips we threw in a box off brand new guns and replaced with Pachmayrs. They would be worth a fortune today. Even worse.....pulling the Combats off of the Lou Horton snub N frames to replace them with rubber grips. Most customers didin't want the originals....this and buying gold when it was cheap...

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    As above, the Colt 2 1/2 inch Diamondback normally shipped with square butt Service type grips.
    Depending on when it was made, the early version had Silver Colt medallions, the later version had Gold medallions.

    These are all the later type of Colt "D" frame grips that overlap on the bottom of the butt to give a longer grip.
    As always, the grips were American walnut with one steel screw bushing in the right side grip and a narrow steel screw.
    Nickel gun may have shipped with nickel screw and bushing.

    Good sources are to post a Wanted ad on this forums Classified section.
    Beware of grips sold on Ebay and Gunbroker.com. Too many of those are "replicas" or out and out fakes.
    Signs of a fake are brass bushings and screw and fancy grained foreign woods.
    Buyer beware.

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