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Monday, May 18, 2009

2.5'' Colt Diamondback .38 Special

Pictured above is a 2.5’’ Colt Diamondback .38 Special which left the factory in 1976.

Bill Shumate made the custom gun case that is in the photo. He has done two boxes for me and should I ever need another, Bill will be the man. Great old guns deserve to rest in great cases.

Manufactured between 1966 and 1988, the Diamondback was the premium D-Frame Colt revolver of the line, and was available in .38 Special, .22 LR, and .22 Magnum. Barrel length options were 2.5’’, 4’’, and 6’’. The Diamondback appears to be a smaller version of the popular Python, a great marketing move on Colt’s part. Colt should resurrect this revolver; the future is ready for a return to the past. Concealed carry is in need of some class and I can picture no .38 caliber revolver classier than the Diamondback.

Yes, I do shoot this revolver on occasion, but only with standard pressure 125-grain loads. It can handle +P loads but they do accelerate wear and I want this sweet old piece to last beyond my years. It is not on my “active list” of guns used for home protection, although it is more than adequate for that task.

Click here for a short Chuck Hawks article on the Colt Diamondback.

Click here to read Xavier’s Colt Diamondback range report.

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Albert A Rasch said...

Nice piece, and nice boxes too!


James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Many thanks, Albert. It's always nice to have to stop by.

Hammer said...

Colt makes some attractive revolvers.

I only have one. It's a 1902 Colt New Army .38 special. It's in perfect mechanical condition and shoots like a dream...I think it was being touted for military use but the Smith and Wesson victory model won out.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

A sound New Army is a very rare bird. Most of them that I run across have been used as a hammer (no offense). I hope Colt someday resumes making a line of DA revolvers ... the supply of old ones in good condition is drying up.

Jason said...

WOW! Great looking Colt!!

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Thanks, Jason. It's not 100%, but it was as nice as I could find at the time. It was at the upper end of what I was willing to pay.

Ed said...

I had a Colt Diamondback with the 4 inch barrel thirty years ago. Slickest revolver I ever fired, single or double action. You could hit a playing card at 25 feet with 6 out of 6 rounds handheld, or consistently hit the 10 oval on a human silhouette target.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for an ejector rod head for a diamondback's the 21/2 inch barrel....anybody help me out, I would really appreciate it, Thanx, Q-dog

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a concealement holster to carry a colt 2 1/2 like this one. Does anyone know where and the name I can buy one at.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Lefty Lewis over at Bell Charter Oak may be able to help. Not many makers do Colt revolvers anymore.

Anonymous said...

Vega shoulder holster works great. Contact I believe it is model 115 (S&W model k 2.5 inch). Any S&W k model holster makes a perfect fit for the diamonback and the gun comes out real smooth. I know this comment probably comes too late.