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  1. #1
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    colt diamondback 22

    I have a colt diamondback 22 cal purchased new in the 1970s It came with Pachmyr grips.
    I heard rumors that these grips are not original and therefore the gun has lesser value. Is this true?

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    If you have the original box, it may show a notation about optional grips on the end flap. Also, if you have the gun "lettered" (order a letter from the Colt factory, which describes the gun's configuration as it left the factory) it may list optional factory grips being added. I have seen at least a few new Colt handguns with Pachmayr grips that had the Colt "dancing pony" medallions on the side, so I do believe there was such an option for some models. For a collector, though, you have to have something to "prove" the grips are factory options vs. user- or dealer-installed.

    Almost everyone likes the "look" of the factory wood Colt revolver grips, but most people I know that have shot with them, dislike how they feel in the hand, especially in the harder-kicking calibers. I'm a big fan of functional rubber grips; I know they often look like crap compared to nice wood grips, but I'm generally a "function over form" kinda guy.
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
    (RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)

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    Senior Member TedDeBearFrmHell's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
    the diamondback was available with pachmayr presentation grips with finger grooves.

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