Main Features

The Colt Model D line consists mostly of 38 Special caliber revolvers which vary in weight, grip and barrel length. The Diamondback (illustrated throughout this manual) was produced in both 38 Special and 22 LR calibers. Unlike other Model D's, it features a ribbed barrel and adjustable rear sight. Otherwise, these revolvers are all basically similar, each one featuring a standard ejector rod, an automatic safety, and above all a smooth crisp dual single and double action. Stocks may be wood or wrap around rubber.

Different types of Model D revolvers are shown in the following table, and this safety and instruction manual applies to all of them. H also applies to commemorative issues of the same type.

NOTE: These features may change, for example, with the introduction of new models.

Pistol Typo

Agent 38 Special (wilh or without hammer shroud) Cobra 38 Spociat

Commando Special 38 Special Deiociivo Special 38 Special Diamondback 38 Special

Diamondback 22 Long Rjlto

Políco Posilivo 38 Special viper 38 Special

Barrel Length

Finishes

Sights

Special Features

2-

Non Glare

Fixed square notch roar. Ramp stylo front.

Aluminum alloy frame

2* or 3*

Colt Bluo or Nickel

As above.

As above.

2"

Non Glare

As above.

Stool frame.

r

Coll Blue or Nickel

As above.

Steel framo.

. 6*

Coil Slue

Fully adjustable roar. Ramp style front.

Steel framo and ventilated barrel rib.

4* 6'

Colt Bluo Colt Bluo or Nickel

As above.

As above.

4"

Colt Bluo or Nickel

Fixed square notch rear. Ramp stylo tront.

Stool framo.

4m

Colt Bluo or Nickel

As abovo.

Aluminum alloy frame.

SECTION 3

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

We want you to enjoy shooting your Colt revolver, but we want you to enjoy it safely. You may be an experienced safe shooter already familiar with the procedures in this instruction manual, or you may never have handled a gun before. Either way we urge you to READ THIS ENTIRE INSTRUCTION MANUAL CAREFULLY. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

WARNING: When you squeeze the trigger, you must expect the gun to fire, and you must take full responsibility for firing It. Your care can avoid accidental discharge, and you will thereby avoid accidental Injury and death. yfâv^i^ ^

CAUTIONS

GENERAL HANDLING CAUTIONS

1. ALWAYS HANDLE YOUR REVOLVER AS IF IT WERE LOADED so that you never fire it accidentally when you think it is unloaded.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR REVOLVER AT ANYTHING YOU DO NOT INTEND TO SHOOT so that if it fires accidentally, injury, death, or damage to property will be prevented.

SAFETY DEPENDS ON YOU

3. NEVER TAKE ANYONE'S WORD THAT A GUN IS UNLOADED: check for yourself with fingers off the trigger and gun pointed in a safe direction, so that you never fire the gun accidentally when you think it is unloaded.

4. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR REVOLVER IS NOT LOADED AND SWING THE CYLINDER OPEN BEFORE LAYING IT DOWN, OR HANDING IT TO ANOTHER PERSON, so that it cannot be fired when it is unsafe to do so.

5. ALWAYS KEEP AND CARRY YOUR REVOLVER EMPTY, WITH THE HAMMER FORWARD except when you intend to shoot, so that your revolver cannot be fired when you do not mean to fire it.

6. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF POSSIBLE RISK FROM DROPPING YOUR REVOLVER. Some parts of the mechanism could be damaged. You may not see the damage but if it is severe, the revolver may discharge and cause injury, death, or damage to property. If your revolver has been dropped, have It examined by a competent gunsmith before using it again.

7. NEVER LEAVE REVOLVER COCKED READY TO FIRE as this condition is extremely dangerous, and revolver could easily be accidentally discharged, causing Injury, death, or damage to property.

8. NEVER LEAVE A LOADED REVOLVER UNATTENDED. Someone, especially a child, may fire it and cause Injury, death, or damage to property.

9. ALWAYS INSTRUCT CHILDREN TO RESPECT FIREARMS. If you teach your children to shoot, teach them or get them trained by a qualified instructor to treat and use the revolver properly, and always supervise them closely. Always stress safety so that your children will not fire the revolver when it is unsafe to do so.

RANGE CAUTIONS

10. ALWAYS BE SURE YOUR BACKSTOP IS ADEQUATE to stop and contain bullets before beginning target practice so that you do not hit anything outside the range shooting area. THINK! What will you HIT if you MISS the target?

11. ALWAYS PUT A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RESPONSIBLE PERSON IN CHARGE TO MAINTAIN SAFETY CONTROL WHEN A GROUP IS FIRING ON A RANGE. Obey his commands so that discipline is maintained to reduce the likelihood of accidents.

12. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR REVOLVER EMPTY WITH THE CYLINDER OPEN WHILE ON A RANGE until preparing to fire, keep it pointing towards the backstop when loading, firing and unloading, to eliminate the risk of injury, death, or damage to property.

LOADING/UNLOADING CAUTIONS

13. ALWAYS EXERCISE EXTREME CARE TO KEEP MUZZLE POINTING IN A SAFE DIRECTION, WELL CLEAR OF YOUR BODY, particularly when loading and unloading revolvers.

14. ALWAYS BE SURE BARREL BORE AND CYLINDER CHAMBERS ARE CLEAN AND CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS. Clean a fouled revolver immediately so that it will function correctiy and safely.

15. ALWAYS USE ONLY CLEAN, DRY, ORIGINAL HIGH QUALITY COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION IN GOOD CONDITION WHICH IS APPROPRIATE TO THE CALIBER OF YOUR REVOLVER. (See page 1.) Gun and ammunition manufacturers design their products within exacting engineering safety limits. Handloads and remanufactured ammunition are sometimes outside those limits and can be so unsafe as to blow up the cylinder and frame and cause injury, death, or damage to property.

16. ALWAYS LEAVE EMPTY CHAMBER UNDER THE HAMMER to achieve maximum safety with a loaded revolver.

17. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING, because your vision, coordination and judgment could be seriously impaired making your gun handling unsafe.

18. ALWAYS SEEK A DOCTOR'S ADVICE IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION, to be sure you are fit to shoot and handle your revolver safely.

19. ALWAYS WEAR AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO WEAR EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING, especially on a range. Without ear protection, the noise of even one shot from your revolver, and other guns close to you, could leave a "ringing" in the ears for some time after firing, white the cumulative long term effect could be permanent hearing loss.

20. ALWAYS WEAR AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO WEAR PROTECTIVE SHOOTING GLASSES. Flying particles could damage eyes and cause blindness; but protective shooting glasses should prevent such injury.

21. ALWAYS HOLD REVOLVER BY THE GRIP AND KEEP BOTH HANDS WELL CLEAR OF, AND BEHIND THE CYLINDER. Never hold it near the cylinder as very hot gas and lead particles may be sprayed out around the cylinder. . . these would injure your hands.

22. NEVER SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER OR PUT YOUR FINGER IN THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL YOU ARE AIMING AT A TARGET AND READY TO SHOOT. This will prevent you from firing the revolver when it is pointing in an unsafe direction.

23. ALWAYS BE ABSOLUTELY SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND THE AREA BEHIND IT BEFORE YOU SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. A bullet could travel through or past your target up to 1 Vi miles — if In doubt, don't shoot. THINK! What wilt you HIT if you MISS the target?

24. NEVER SHOOT AT A HARD SURFACE SUCH AS ROCK, OR A LIQUID SURFACE SUCH AS WATER. A bullet may ricochet and travel in any direction to strike you, or an object you cannot see, causing Injury, death, or damage to property.

25. NEVER DISCHARGE A FIREARM NEAR FLAMMABLE MATERIAL. Flame and sparks erupt from the firearm when discharged. They could start a fire or cause flammable liquids and gasses to explode.

26. NEVER FIRE YOUR FIREARM NEAR AN ANIMAL unless it is trained to accept the noise; an animal's startled reaction could injure it or cause an accident.

27. NEVER INDULGE IN "HORSEPLAY" WHILE HOLDING YOUR REVOLVER as it may be accidentally discharged.

28. NEVER WALK, CLIMB OR FOLLOW A COMPANION WITH YOUR REVOLVER COCKED READY TO FIRE, out of its holster, or with the hammer in any position other than forward on an empty chamber, to eliminate risk of accidental discharge. When hunting, hold your revolver so that you can always control the direction of the muzzle.

MALFUNCTION CAUTIONS

29. FAILURE TO FIRE: ALWAYS HOLD REVOLVER, KEEPING IT POINTED TOWARD THE TARGET OR A SAFE OPEN AREA AND WAIT 30 SECONDS when revolver fails to fire. If a hangfire (slow ignition) has occurred, round will fire within 30 seconds, if round does not fire, open cylinder, eject round and examine primer; if firing pin indent on primer is light, off center, or non-existent, have revolver examined by a competent gunsmith before firing again. If firing pin indent on primer appears normal (in comparison with similar previously fired rounds) assume faulty ammunition; segregate misfired round from other live ammunition and empty cases, reload and carry on firing.

Note: Dispose of misfired rounds in accordance with ammunition manufacturer's instructions.

30. NEVER USE YOUR REVOLVER IF IT FAILS TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. AND NEVER FORCE A JAMMED ACTION, as a round may explode causing serious injury, possible death, or severe damage to your revolver.

CLEANING AND STORAGE CAUTIONS

31. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR REVOLVER IS NOT LOADED BEFORE CLEANING, STORING, TRAVELING, LAYING IT DOWN, OR HANDING IT TO ANOTHER PERSON, so that it cannot be fired when it is unsafe to do so.

32. ALWAYS KEEP AND STORE YOUR REVOLVER AND AMMUNITION IN SEPARATE LOCKED RECEPTACLES OUT OF REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN AND UNTRAINED PEOPLE, to minimize the risk of revolver and ammunition being easily available for loading and firing.

33. NEVER ABUSE YOUR REVOLVER by using it for any purpose other than shooting.

NOTE: Please note that we have chosen to use the word "SQUEEZE" in this instruction manual instead ol "PULL" or "PRESS" when trigger movement is described; this is simply to remind you of the need for a gentle squeezing action to achieve accuracy.

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