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Greetings, first post. I have owned several Colt's over the years although currently I have only an AR-15 and a Diamondback .38.
I just acquired the DB on a trip to the midwest last week (I can't tell you what I paid for it because you will chase me out of here with pitchforks and torches, suffice it to say that I got it from someone who wanted nothing to do with guns).
It is a 4" showing holster wear at the muzzle. The hammer and trigger are hard chromed (not original I am sure but well done).
I have searched the web to find serial number / date info to no avail which leads me here. Hoping someone can give me a clue as to when this beauty was made. SN is #D44xx. Said to be an ex old timer police gun. Any info appreciated on dates, also looking for a set of mediallion grips for it. Thank you.
 

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Your pistol was made in 1967, which is second year production. The year started off with D2600, and ended about D14399.

Since the first year production started at D1001, this means that your Diamondback is a VERY early production model.

New factory grips can sometimes be bought from Gun Parts Corporation at: http://www.e-gunparts.com

A good place to find genuine grips is on Ebay. Diamondback grips show up there fairly often, and usually sell for much lower prices than Python grips.

Do searches with "colt grip" "colt Grips", "colt diamondback grip" etc. You may have to look for a week or so, but they do appear fairly often.

The "correct" grips for you model would be the walnut "target" type with the checkering wrapping 1/2 around the gold medallions.
Later guns had checkering that ended in a straight line under the medallions.

For a look at the "correct" type grips, here's pictures: http://www.gunbroker.com/auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=18312812

Here's an info link on the Diamondback:
http://www.chuckhawks.com/diamondback.htm
 

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They sure look nice, but they are missing the locator pin bushing on the left stock.
Try finding one of those, good luck.

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