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my "new" old Colt Diamondback. To re-blue or no?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jimbombo, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. jimbombo

    jimbombo Well-Known Member

    Just came into a Colt Diamondback .38 cal 2 1/2 " barrel. Very rougn shape lots of scratches and one nice ding! BUT no rust or pitting, and mechanically perfect.

    Now the question- what to do with it..
    1. Send to colt to have re-blued for $325 ! Ouch!!
    2. Try and re blue myself.
    3. Keep it as is and shoot the crap out of it.

    I have never had a firearm blued by the manufacturer, or tried to do it on my own, so I am not familar with the process.

    If I keep it as is, am I ok to smooth out that ding?, because it will snag, and I would like to use as CCW if I smooth out the ding(dremmel with a fine grit sanding wheel ok?)

    Thanks all

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  2. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    1) put the dremel down and never ever pick it back up

    2) if you are going to carry it, i would leave it as is, its only going to get more scuffed up later on

    3) i wouldnt try to reblue it yourself. the various cold blues on the market are purely cosmetic and will rub off fairly quickly if you do carry it.
  3. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I'd want to ascertain functioning and accuracy before even considering a re-finish.

    Remember that $325 is before any replacement parts are counted should they be necessary.

    Are you the kinda guy that once you re-finish will feel it needs to have factory grips? If so, there's that.

    Me? Considerations worked out, I'd re-finish it and still shoot/carry it.

    Maybe you've seen some custom versions that tripped your trigger - then this is a great one to customize-engrave-port or bob.
  4. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    I would leave it as is until it's ready to retire. I have a tendency to worry about every little scuff or scratch on a refinished gun.
  5. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    You didn't state what you paid for the gun but I'd take that figure, add in the $325 plus shipping and repair contingency, then see what you could buy another gun in the same condition for. It's been my experience that you will be hard pressed to get even a dime out of any refinishing expense should you decide to sell the gun.
  6. FLRon

    FLRon Well-Known Member

    To add my 2 cents... 2.5" Diamondbacks are nice finds and somewhat less common than the other Diamondbacks. Their value will remain quite high and no doubt increase, as they aren't making any more of them. They are pricing well North of $1,000 right now, with LNIB and NIB models in the $2,000. - $3,500.


    If you do refinish, I would definitely have it done by Colt. While refinishing does diminish market value, a Colt refinish will be as correct as you can get. I personally prefer the Colt walnut service grips to what's on there now. Just because you will carry it, you can still make it look great and take pride in a fine Colt classic.

    Here is mine that I have stashed away.

  7. jimbombo

    jimbombo Well-Known Member


    Here's where you get to hate me! It was a freebie. Guy I was trading for another revolver, threw this one in on the trade! :eek: !!
  8. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I would let Colt refinish it and pay what it costs to get factory grips.
  9. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    Now you are cooking with gas! For free that sucker would be on the next UPS truck to Colt!

    Congrats, I'm green with envy :)
  10. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I think this is one of those scenarios where a Colt refinish will in fact not diminish the value given its current condition.

    Were one to set this pistol as-is on a table and another which Colt had refinished next to it - I'm fairly certain that the Colt finished pistol would go for more.

    Then there's the fact that for you - the only money you'll have into it is the finish and grips.

    Who gives a toss whether another person down the road says "Too bad it's a re-blue - that hurts the value" as they'll have never known it was in such sorry shape beforehand.

    This one looks like a toad. Re-blue and dig the aging of the finish over the years rather than continue on with a pistol lookin' like it was carried in a holster made of nails.

    Another way to look at it is get it blued if only to protect it given all the to-the-bone scratches currently in it.

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  11. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I don't know that Colt does a better job than Ford's

  12. jimbombo

    jimbombo Well-Known Member

    Good point apache! Didn't even think about the protecting it part with re-finish! Now I guess I need to start saving up for the trip to colt!

    My initial reaction was to sell it, I am glad I resisted that urge, cause I wouldn't get a whole lot out of it! Send it to colt, put some cash into it, and I will have a pistol I can be proud of for a long time! Do you guys think when colt refinishes it they will take care of that awful ding for me as well?

    Thanks all...
  13. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    perhaps you should sell it to me

  14. jimbombo

    jimbombo Well-Known Member

    Why did I know that was coming :).....
  15. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    because I LOVE Diamondbacks

    and I would give you a nice profit

    and it a good home
  16. Schofield3

    Schofield3 Well-Known Member

  17. jimbombo

    jimbombo Well-Known Member


    That revolver is beautiful. Ford's did it, can money be saved having them do it instead of colt? Other than colt and Ford's anyone else you would consider? And obviously you saw pics of my DB, do you think colt, or ford can bring it back, and will they take care of that ding near the hammer?


    PS- if I change my mind and need the cash I will contact you first ! :)
  18. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    Now that I've focused on the hammer ding I'm having second thoughts. I'm moving back to just enjoy shooting it. Or sell it to Guillermo since he just upped my finders fee :)
  19. Guillermo

    Guillermo member


    I LOVE my DB snub

    I wouldn't refinish it

    Just shoot and carry, it is one of, if not the finest snub revolvers ever produced.

    Shoots like a 4 inch target gun, carries like a detective special

    The Ford's master polish and carry is 275
  20. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    If it were me, I would want to see if Colt could bring it back somewhat more in line with what it looked like when it left the factory.

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