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Colt Diamondback

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Colt Diamondback - .22 LR
Colt Diamondback with a 2.5 Inch barrel - .38 Special

The Diamondback was intended to be a premium quality adjustable sighted small framed revolver that would resemble the popular Colt Python. The Diamondback was built on the Colt "D" frame as used for the Colt Detective Special, Colt Police Positive, etc. It had a Target hammer, Target type walnut grips, Colt Accro adjustable sight, and a barrel that looked like a Python barrel and was in fact built on Python machinery. Though the Diamondback looks like a miniature Python, it isn't of the same quality. The action wasn't tuned to Python standards and the blue job was not the Royal Blue as used on the Python. The Diamondback is essentially a Detective Special with adjustable sights and a scaled down Python barrel. It also cost more than the standard Colt Detective Special. The Diamondback was marketed to law enforcement agencies who did not allow the use of the .357 Magnum cartridge. The snub-nose Diamondback was something of a prestige handgun among police detectives during the Seventies. It was particularly popular with Los Angeles Police detectives according to some sources.

The Colt Diamondback and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


(1966 – 1991)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .22 LR, .38 Special.
  • Barrel length: 2.5 in (6.35 cm), 4 in (10.2 cm) & 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: DA/SA


Title Actor Character Note Date
Bullitt Steve McQueen SFPD Lt. Frank Bullitt 1968
Cleopatra Jones Tamara Dobson Cleopatra Jones 1973
Cleopatra Jones Antonio Fargas Doodlebug 1973
Cleopatra Jones Police Officers 1973
Magnum Force Felton Perry Inspector Early Smith 1973
The Terrorists Christopher Ellison Pete 4" barrel, blued 1974
Brannigan John Wayne Detective Lt. Jim Brannigan 1975
The Enforcer Tyne Daly Detective Kate Moore 1976
Sharky's Machine Burt Reynolds Sgt. Tom Sharky 1981
Sharky's Machine Hari Rhodes Highball Murray 1981
Black Rain Uniformed N.Y.P.D. officer 1989
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Kari Wührer Maggie 2003
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Matthew Marsden Dr. Jack Byron 2004

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