View Full Version : Colt Diamondback date of manufacture

October 21, 2000, 08:23 PM
Got a very nice birthday present from my father. A really clean .38 Sp. Diamondback, blue, with a 4 inch barrel. Has 3 very minor rust blemishes toward the muzzle end of the barrel. Otherwise, looks about 98%. My father had gotten it some time ago in an estate sale and he says there was about half a box of ammo with it, which he fired. He believes that that one box of ammo is the sum total run through the gun. Has the box and original papers and the 3 blade Colt screwdriver with it.

I'm assuming it is from the mid 60s since the original Kmart price sticker is still on the box and it's been a long time since Diamondbacks (even at Kmart) were $115.

The serial number is D169**. If anyone can give me an approximate date of manufacture - or point me to a reference source - I'd really appreciate it.

Jim Fox

Steven Mace
October 21, 2000, 09:03 PM
Jim, your Colt Diamondback revolver was made in 1968. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

After today, its all historical

October 21, 2000, 09:33 PM
Mr. Mace


Actually, if I could prevail upon your good graces one more time...

One of the reasons he gave me the gun is that I had a matching Diamondback in .22 LR - serial number R223**. (Unfortunately it doesn't have the box, papers or even the original grips. But is free of blemishes.)

Probably, since he turned 80 a month or so ago, he finally came to the conclusion that he couldn't invigle me out of the .22, so he might as well pass on the .38 while the passing on was enjoyable for both of us.

Could you give a rough date of manufacture on the .22?

Thanks in advance.

Jim Fox

James K
October 21, 2000, 10:24 PM