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Diamondback in the rough

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Hatchett, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Hatchett

    Hatchett Well-Known Member

    I bought a Diamondback in need of some serious help because it was the right price. It's not even that old, so I don't know where all the bluing went, but that's not the problem. The sideplate was on crooked when I bought it. I figured I could remove it and put it on properly, but it's not fitting right. The edges all fit in, but it's acting like there's a pivot point in the middle so i can get one of the three corners to fit flush at a time only. The other two lever up like a seesaw.

    Turning the gun over, I noticed this:

    On all my other Colt revolvers, that shallow hole is filled by a pin or bolt just barely protruding from the side, but here it is about 1mm deep instead of protruding. Is this as simple as me needing to push something in further under the sideplate to make the sideplate fit? I hope?
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    You have trouble.

    That pin is the hammer pin.
    It's pressed in place with a special press device. DO NOT attempt to hammer it in, you'll deform the frame.
    Send the gun in to Colt to get it properly repaired. If you want, they'll re-blue it to look like brand new while they have it.

    The pin is a very tight press-fit so it's probable that someone attempted to either remove the pin for some reason, or attempted to install a new pin for one damaged.
    You need to check the frame closely for a bulged frame around the pin hole.
    Hopefully whoever did this didn't ruin the gun.

    Also check for a bent side plate.

    Again, don't attempt repair yourself or allow any local gunsmith to attempt repair.
    The pin must be a very tight fit and installation requires a special press and special support dies to prevent frame damage.

    People who do things like this to expensive guns should be shot with them.
  3. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    Listen to dfariswheel.... He knows his Colts.
  4. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I agree with dfariswheel. That is a crime against gunmanity.
  5. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    SEND it to Colt, likes been said, dfaris knows what he's talking about, get a new re-blued piece outta the deal, then let us know how it shoots!
  6. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    dfariswheel is correct, and if you doubt his sage advice ask oldfuff. But I bet you get the exact same reply.
  7. Hatchett

    Hatchett Well-Known Member

    Was basically waiting to see what dfariswheel could tell me. The frame looks pretty straight all around to me. Everything on the gun mechanically seems to work fine, by some bizarre miracle. It doesn't sounds like too costly a repair, so even if I go for the reblue with the price I paid I shouldn't have done badly.

    My Python has needed to be retimed as well. I guess I'll have them do both at the same time and save on shipping. Thanks a lot for the info.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  8. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Indeed! You are dead on, and so is dfariswheel.

    Besides the obvious, Colt can inspect and check for undetected damage. As for refinishing, it's something that won't get less expensive, and it is a classic revolver that's not likely to be duplicated in the future. Think of it as a junior Python.
  9. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    Have then get rid of the horrible rubber thing hanging off the grip frame too ;)
  10. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I halfway wonder if that revolver was in a fire and then stored underwater.
  11. Guillermo

    Guillermo member


    I feel for you.

    I too am a sucker for old Colts but it had better have been REALLY cheap.

    This is no cheap fix

    Hopefully Colt will have the parts.

    Best of luck...

    Keep us informed.
  12. Hatchett

    Hatchett Well-Known Member

    It's on its way to Colt now. Going to ask them to service it and royal blue it. Hopefully the fix.is a matter of dissassembly and competant reassembly, which it should be since all the parts are there and the gun works fine. If it takes more than that I'll just tell them to do what they have to. It's going to be a beauty again.
  13. Hatchett

    Hatchett Well-Known Member

  14. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Those TYPE of grips are correct for a 2 1/2" Diamondback, but not a 4" or 6".

    Those specific grips are not totally "correct" since by the early 1980's Colt had stopped using Silver medallions. By 1984 all Colt's had Gold medallions.

    Price-wise that's a steal these days for genuine Colt factory grips, *IF* those are genuine factory and not a replica.
  15. Hatchett

    Hatchett Well-Known Member

    Got the report letter back from Colt. They didn't mention anything being a problem. They said they'd restore the gun to factory spec, reblue, and test fire it all for the cost of the reblue alone. I sprang for the Royal Blue for 325. Even if that's not the original finish, it'll make it look like a perfect sidekick to my Python. Already phoned in my payment info. Now we play the waiting game.

    I bought those ebay grips too. I'll be in it for just a tad more than I wanted to be overall, but I don't think I did too bad and I expect this will be one of my very favorite guns if everything works out from here on.
  16. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    jealous here

    Sounds like a real deal to me! You made a good decision that you won't regret. I'm ready to see some pictures! I'd love to have a 2.5" Diamondback someday.:(
  17. Hatchett

    Hatchett Well-Known Member

    So I still haven't gotten my gun back, but nor have I heard of any problems springing up. I sent the Diamondback at the beginning of November, received the letter and paid it at the end of October. It's been almost eight months since I sent the gun, six since I paid for the work. Is this normal? Should I call to see if the problems dfaris pointed out are as bad as I was afraid of? I'm more than willing to continue to wait patiently if that's just how long it takes.

    Has anyone refinished a revolver with Colt recently? How long did it take to get back?
  18. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    My curiosity would have me calling.
  19. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Maybe it required more work or parts than they originally estimated. I don't see a problem with contacting them to find out the status of your gun. Hope they at least give you some sort of timeline for when it will be finished.
  20. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I'd email them first and then call if you don't hear anything in a week or so. You don't want them to loose it.

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