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4DSJW 04-04-2013 4:16 PM

I'd Love to Get a .22 Colt Diamondback...
 
... but I just can't swing the cash right now. I'm definitely a fan of the look of the Diamondback and their reputation for quality. I also like the idea of getting firearms that do a good job of holding their value.

I've been shooting more .22 lately in order to keep my costs down and still shoot regularly. Can anyone make recommendations for a similarly high quality .22 revolver that doesn't break the bank to purchase.

Thank you for any suggestions!

redcliff 04-04-2013 4:38 PM

A good used K22 S&W, either a Model 17 or the pre-17 (my favorite) would be an excellent choice. They can usually be found for around $600 give or take. A pre-17 could be purchased off an auction site as they are roster exempt due to being C&R.

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sigstroker 04-05-2013 1:44 AM

I used to have a Model 18 that I bought used. Similar to the 17 but has a 4 inch barrel and is less "targetty" (called the Combat Masterpiece) which sometimes makes them cheaper than the 17. It has a ramp front sight instead of a patridge.

It's one of my "wish I'd never sold it" guns.

ivanimal 04-05-2013 1:55 AM

Check out High Standard guns.

noyo55 04-05-2013 9:06 AM

I'd also vote for the Model 17--mine is the best shooting revolver I own. I also have A high Standard Sentinel which is a well made gun BUT has less than good trigger--very stiff and not smooth

Maddawg46 04-05-2013 10:49 AM

I was looking for a SW Model 18 or 17 and could not find one close by (California face to face purchases required). Stumbled on a Diamondback .22, but had to pay premium price of $1250! Don't regret it now. Love the revolver. I know it will increase in value. Although I probably won't ever sell it.

shooting4life 04-05-2013 10:53 AM

I would buy a 22lr diamondback if I could find one.

jyo 04-05-2013 11:03 AM

All the above are real good 22 revolvers---personally, I would be interested in a nice, later production Colt 22 Officers Model Match spmewhere near L.A.

Jalibass 04-05-2013 11:15 AM

I went down this road 9 years ago and turned my nose at a nib 6" .22 DB for $800. Since then every year I keep watching them go up and up. I think a good second choice to the DB is the Dan Wesson .22 revolver.
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/...pseb461e5c.jpg
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/...psb172015b.jpg
I actually ended up falling in love with a 1934 Harrington & Richardson 9 shot Sportsman and my wife fell for a 1981 7.5" 9 shot H&R 976. Both are true .222 and both are double action/single action. VERY Very accurate, the 1934 was made by the same men and machines that made the U.S.R.A. single shot still deemed by some to be the most accurate handgun ever made and still used in competition today.
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/...ass/HRs001.jpg

Jalibass 04-05-2013 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maddawg46 (Post 11010049)
I was looking for a SW Model 18 or 17 and could not find one close by (California face to face purchases required). Stumbled on a Diamondback .22, but had to pay premium price of $1250! Don't regret it now. Love the revolver. I know it will increase in value. Although I probably won't ever sell it.

Can you please describe to all of us unfortunates what that "glass break" trigger feels like. Have you ever felt anything like it on a ruger or s&w?

4DSJW 04-06-2013 2:50 PM

Thank you for all the suggestions, that gives me something to go on and some revolvers to look for. I appreciate the help!


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