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If you don't mind me asking D. How did you get so knowledgeable about colt revolvers? And can you go over what configurations the rare pythons and diamonbacks are for me again. This time I will write them down.
I think I'v got the pythons figured out as far as what to look for but the diamondbacks are confusing. Correct me if I am wrong.
A 6" nickel DB in 38 is rare and would price out at over 1500.00. An 8" nickel in 22 is rare and would price out at ???? but what about a 6" blued DB are they rare? Now what is the deal with the 8" DB in 22 and 38 are these rare. Fill me in Farris
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It would be much easier for Mr. "D" if he could just clone himself and make himself pocket sized.
We could all have/purchase one and take him with to shows and pawn shops across the country.
We could then, just pull him out of our pockets as a quick reference guide.
***If he was really small, he wouldn't eat much and would be a valuable tool to anyone collecting Colt's.
Also, he would be handy if we dropped something in a tight area that we couldn't reach. But that's a whole different story.

Thanks for the help Mr. "D"
Looking foward to getting a Mini "D"

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
...sorry, it's late and the old mind is wondering.
 

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Just for the record, Gunbroker.com now has two Diamonback (Nickel) one almost New in the Box, only in a 4" barrel and they are both 38's..I have never seen a Nickel 6"...On the other hand, when I questioned the duarability of Nickel, it was suggested by the experts on this forum to pass on it...I have two Diamondbacks, a 38 and 22, both in 4" variety, I love shooting them, I have never seen a Diamondback 22 in a 2 1/2 barrel, either Blue or Nickel...??? Do they exist...in case they do, I am keeping an eye out. Thanks for all your help...especially Mr. D...
 

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The .22lr Diamondback was made with a 2 1/2" barrel. If you do happen to run across one I hope you have very deep pockets if you plan on taking it home.
 

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About two and a half years ago, I was 20 seconds too late on 2 1/2" .22LR blue one at $750 back then. I have never seen one in person in nickel except the photos of the supposed authentic one for $4000. I will never be convinced on that one until I see it in person.

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Maybe I could clarify a couple points before dfariswheel chimes in. By the way the reason he is so knowledgeable is because he used to work for Colt and he made them.

Now the 6" nickel in .22LR would probably command $1500 or more, but I would think the same in .38SPL would be more like $1000, if you can find one.

There is no such thing as an 8" DB in either blue or nickel, never was.
Now 6" blue .38SPL not too rare and run about $700 to 800. You may pay $50-100 more for one in .22LR. The 2 1/2" in .38SPL are going up in price and hard to find, expect to pay $800 for one in blue, more in nickel, probably over $1000. Now the same gun in .22LR are running $1000 in blue and last nickel one sold for $4000!!!.
These are just thumbnails and can maybe be more specific on direct questions.
HTH


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Thanks for the vote of confidence.

I DID NOT WORK FOR COLT. I knew people who did.

There are other members on this forum that are much more knowledgeable about Diamondbacks than I am.

Other than just general knowledge I picked up over the years, most of my direct knowledge relates to the mechanical aspect of Colt's.

I started out as a Master watchmaker, which somehow led to gunsmithing with a emphasis on Colt revolvers, which led to doing custom holster work for a few select customers, which led to all kinds of other things.

My knowledge base was started when I was a kid.
I read every gun book available in my state that I could get through inter-library loan, and later I subscribed to all the gun magazines, and bought books in as large a quantity as I could afford.

While others were out spending their money on cheap beer and junker cars, I was buying guns and books.
While they were hanging out with the boys doing nothing special, I was shooting and talking to other knowledgeable shooters and gunsmiths.

I was lucky to have been able to learn from Colt factory employees, top-level custom gunsmiths, high-level gun collectors,
and some VERY sharp experts.

Over time you just pick stuff up, and I have a good memory for things I read or heard many years ago.

I CAN BE WRONG, so if you catch me saying something that isn't correct, say so. That's how we all advance our info base.


As for shrinking me down to pocket size.....Better bring a heavy-duty shrinker.
Another of my hobbies used to be weightlifting. I'm not small.

Back to the subject of Diamondbacks: As collectibles usually the MOST collectible guns are the ones that weren't very popular and didn't sell well.

You had a hard time giving away long barreled Diamondbacks with bright nickel finishes, so these didn't sell.
As a consequence, few were made, which makes them rare and collectible today.

Had I been smarter years ago, I would have bought up those Colt's that the average buyer went "EEWWWW" at, and stashed them in a vault.
Today I would be retired in Malibu.




[This message has been edited by dfariswheel (edited 07-11-2005).]
 
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