This morning I was thinking about my little diamondback and I went and checked my records. Yep, today is the 25th aniversary of when I bought it. Interesting how things have changed. I was a geeky kid of 16 then who bought it used because I was not old enough to buy one new (had to be 18 at the time). I remember the day. Sunny and clear, and I rode my little Honda 125 over to buy it just after lunch. The guy I bought it from had never shot it and was laid off from MotorWheel and needed the money. I bought it for $250 with 4 boxes of ammo and the original box and paperwork. I then had to have it safety inspected and get my license. I next went to a hole in the wall gun shop to buy a lee loader kit, some powder, primers, bullets and some more factory reloads. I started with Unique and 231 along with 158 grn lead cast bullets. I remember the dealer was upset that I bought the gun from an induvidual not from him. I think he would have sold me something even though I was less then 18 at the time.
I do remember shooting it well the first time. Yikes the recoil surprised me. I had no idea a 38 special would kick so hard. I had never fired a handgun before so it was a wild experience. I remember I hit the paper and I was quite pleased about that.
Now fast forward to today. The gun has been fired over 47,000 times since then, it still is a stellar performer. Yes it has been back to Colt now 3 times over the years for repairs but you know it is really a great gun and I could never part with it. I keep thinking that I should buy another one and retire this little guy, but after that many years, I just can't stop occasionally shooting it.
Oh yeah, I no longer think of the 38 special as a hard kicker...
I guess what is most interesting to me is that at age 16, I had no idea where my life would take me. Back then my goals was an assembly line job at Oldsmobile. I could never have predicted that 25 years later I would be a proud parent, a leader in my industry and riding a ship in the North Atlantic overseeing a multi-million dollar project.
So here is to my little diamondback. 25 years, it just slipped by in a blink of an eye. Wow, I wish I was home so I could take it out shooting.
Thanks Colt for making such a great little handgun. I never thought I would still have it. Now I can never even think of selling it.
10mm and 357 sig. The best things to come along since the 38 Super.