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Old 02-01-2013, 11:20   #1
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Colt Diamondback .38

I am selling a rifle and a guy has just offered me a 1978 Colt Diamondback in trade. It is blued and in immaculate condition from the pictures he sent me. Looks like a great revolver that I would love to have. But can anyone give me an idea on what its real world value is. I can see what they seem to go for on gunbroker, but I want to make sure the value of it isnt skewed on there like it is for a lot of guns right now.

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:25   #2
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With box and all I have seen them keep pace with Pythons, some say the Diamondback is more rare. I would say w/box easily around $700-$800 in my depressed economic area. I wouldn't guess in more "comfortable" areas but I would bet the right buyer would come close to doubling it.

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Old 02-01-2013, 13:02   #3
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Does he have the original wood grips? 7 bills sounds about right, with a premium for the 2.5" and 22LR.
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I'm unsure about the grips. I'm glad I asked on here, cause unless he throws in a lot I would be getting screwed.

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Old 02-01-2013, 14:55   #5
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I am selling a rifle and a guy has just offered me a 1978 Colt Diamondback in trade. It is blued and in immaculate condition from the pictures he sent me. Looks like a great revolver that I would love to have. But can anyone give me an idea on what its real world value is. I can see what they seem to go for on gunbroker, but I want to make sure the value of it isnt skewed on there like it is for a lot of guns right now.

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I don't believe those are the right grips for that gun and the correct woodies can be very expensive. I don't see where you said what caliber it is but the .38 with the 4" barrel is the most common one. Big premium for the .22s, go over to the Colt forum. You will find a lot of Colt knowledge there and will be able to get an accurate price.
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Old 02-01-2013, 16:45   #6
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DBS are selling for nearly what Pythons are now.
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Old 02-01-2013, 19:57   #7
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That could be the original grip. For a while Colt put Pachmayr grips on many guns.


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What kind of rifle are you selling? Is this a internet trade? Diamondbacks were and are slow sellers at full retail price. If you planning on flipping it than you need to figure what is easier to sell. The rifle you have or the revolver you get.

If bac doesn't need another Diamondback with rubber grips your market just got even smaller.
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If memory serves, factory Pacs will have Colt shields in the grip instead of the Pac shield.
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Its just a Colt ar15 I was looking to offload at a somewhat reasonable price. Albet, a little More than I paid but less than the rest in the same category. He said he was offered 1400 cash at a show recently, but I have a hard time believing that since he still has it. Iv got right at 1400 in mine, so id break even if i could flip his for that or more, but Im doubting that.

I really like it and wouldnt mind having it, but im not sure if i really need a awesome revolver like that. After seeing what those look like with the wood grips, i think id rather wait and get one with those to start if i was going to get it.
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If memory serves, factory Pacs will have Colt shields in the grip instead of the Pac shield.
I think you are right, but I hesitate to say that they were putting the Pacs on in 78. Something in my dim brain say it was about 80-83 when that started.
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DBS are selling for nearly what Pythons are now.
Same here. I've seen worn ones tagged at $900.00 and they didn't set in the case long before they went on down the road. I doubt the shop came off the price very much.
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not without the Colt medallions on them...those are for a snubby and not a 4 inch either...Colt's around Chicagoland seem to go for obscene (for us old guys) amounts...bac has it correct...

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I'm not sure they ever put rubber grips on Diamondbacks though.

I could be wrong on that.
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If bac doesn't need another Diamondback with rubber grips your market just got even smaller.



The DB is a sexy revolver for sure.


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I'm not sure they ever put rubber grips on Diamondbacks though.

I could be wrong on that.
I don't think they did either and if so it would have been it latter years and they would have had the prancing pony medalions.
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I don't think they did either and if so it would have been it latter years and they would have had the prancing pony medalions.
I think they all had wood grips from the factory.
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