Colt Diamondback 2-1/2 inch .38


February 19, 2011, 01:58 AM
I inherited a 2-1/2 inch Colt Diamondback .38 revolver from my father. He purchased it new in 1971 and it is in the original box. I do not believe that he ever fired it. It has a blue finish. I am interested in what its value might be.

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February 19, 2011, 06:30 AM

One sold recently on for $1150; in very similar condition to the one you inherited from your father. Book values place it between $1000 to $1200, depending on condition.

February 19, 2011, 09:25 AM
If it were at my front door right now, in the condition you describe, I'd hand you 1000 bucks for it.

Standing Wolf
February 19, 2011, 02:42 PM
I concur with the values mentioned above; instead of selling it, however, you might seriously think about shooting it: the Diamondback was one of the finest revolvers ever made, and shoots like a dream.

February 19, 2011, 02:54 PM
Yeah, shoot it some and then sell it to me at a depreciated price...LOL.

February 19, 2011, 02:59 PM
Post pictures.

February 19, 2011, 04:24 PM
Thanks for the information. What is the best way to sell a gun of this type?

February 19, 2011, 04:35 PM
PM'ing a guy called ColtPythonElite is a good way to start selling a gun like that...LOL.

February 19, 2011, 04:40 PM
here in the for sale section
the colt forum for sale section
auction arms .com
your local newspaper
your local dealer,(straight sale or consignment)
or call me at the number in my profile, money's on my dining room table now!!!

February 19, 2011, 08:05 PM
The best .38 ever made IMHO....Steve McQueen used one in Bullit

February 28, 2011, 04:52 PM
Sent you a PM ... this is exactly what I am looking for.
I have "WTB" posted here for a Diamondback like this.

February 28, 2011, 05:34 PM
I sent a PM the day this thread popped up...No replies.

February 28, 2011, 07:04 PM
Bummer .... would sure like to find one, for real

February 28, 2011, 07:49 PM
The O/P asked the value not what it may sell for, perhaps he has no intention of selling it. Sorry guys.

February 28, 2011, 08:16 PM
they go for 1000-1200 around here

I have a couple but neither one is as nice as your's


March 1, 2011, 09:00 AM

Further down the page, he also asked "What is the best way to sell a gun of this type?"...That would lead me to believe he was contemplating selling...

March 1, 2011, 09:19 AM
Sure sounded to me like he was interested in selling too...

March 1, 2011, 09:04 PM
Just saw one a couple of weeks ago at a local gunshow. Its condition was great; I would have considered it LNIB. I think they were asking $1450 for it.

March 2, 2011, 07:09 PM
The 2.5" 38spl is probably the Diamondback I won't buy (because it has gotten too expensive just to "have it".). The DB snubbies were always popular at Gun Shows and sold much easier than the more common 4" version. The 6" 38spl can be hard to find these days.

March 2, 2011, 07:22 PM

If you don't have to have a perfect example there are some nice guns out there.

I have two DB snubs, one I picked up for 562 and another for 690.

March 2, 2011, 08:33 PM
It would be a safe queen and would have to be ANIB or NIB for my collection.

At one time I entertained the idea of buying a 4" 38spl for a "truck gun". It sounds rather funny now. I was looking for a 90% gun then and just about every one I found was 95% or better. Had a first year of production 38 snubbie that wasn't quite nice enough... sold it. It is all water under the bridge.... No real regrets; it was a lot of fun.

March 3, 2011, 12:04 AM
Do you really want to sell a nice gun that your Dad bought 40 years ago ? I would rethink that if I were you. You will regret it one day.

March 10, 2011, 11:04 AM
It is priceless....a piece of your fathers history that lives on for you and yours to enjoy any way you wish. It is the stuff of which memories were made. Whatever your decision I'm sure your father would approve.

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