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Old March 30, 2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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I picked up this Colt....I think I'm gonna shoot it....

Woodsman Target....It looks like it has never been fired..or I see no evidence of it....It was in an old oily case....52' model....I bought it right and think I'm gonna shoot it....
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Old March 30, 2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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Shooting it certainly beats making a paperweight out of it.

Nice looking pair of pistols.
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Old March 30, 2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Shooting it certainly beats making a paperweight out of it.
Ain't that the truth.....
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Old March 30, 2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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I would absolutely shoot it. IIRC some of these guns suffered from a bent mainspring strut; I recall hearing the men of my youth mention that high speed ammo was a contributing factor. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. I do know if I had a nice old Woodsman, it would see only standard or subsonic .22 ammo.
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Old March 30, 2013, 05:43 PM   #5
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Sarge..I once had a Huntsman..the economy model....I wish I had never gotten rid of it....It had the 6 in barrel and was ultra accurate....I shot HV ammo....
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Old March 30, 2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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FWIW, Colt changed the Woodsman in 1933 to be able to use high-speed ammo - N.P. with the OP's gunz.

The old MS housings were checkered (left, below); the new H-S MS housings were lined (right, below)



Just look at the backstrap, below the rear of the slide.



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Old March 30, 2013, 06:40 PM   #7
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Shoot that thing and post a range report!
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Old March 30, 2013, 06:57 PM   #8
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<<<<what he said
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Old March 30, 2013, 10:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info and photos, Petah. Good stuff.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:33 AM   #10
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Nice find .
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:39 AM   #11
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Re: I picked up this Colt....I think I'm gonna shoot it....

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Shooting it certainly beats making a paperweight out of it.

Nice looking pair of pistols.
True story. Guns are meant to be shot...
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Old March 31, 2013, 09:30 AM   #12
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You make me SICK!!! I've been looking for a nice condition Woodsmen for about 2 years now!!! Now if you don't want to shoot it, I'll fix that problem for ya lol
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Old March 31, 2013, 09:50 AM   #13
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You make me SICK!!! I've been looking for a nice condition Woodsmen for about 2 years now!!! Now if you don't want to shoot it, I'll fix that problem for ya lol
I always look..but not seriously..this one just fell in my lap..I could'nt pass up for the price....I like the mag release....I wish my Match Target had the same....

Thanks Petah for the info....
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Oh those are nice. Good score!
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Old March 31, 2013, 05:22 PM   #15
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I guess I could just keep huntin with these.....
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Old March 31, 2013, 07:35 PM   #16
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You could do a whole lot worse! I had a couple of HD Militaries and a Model B over the years. Any of them were good for a 40 yard squirrel, if I was up to the shot that day.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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The Woodsman is a great pistol, but if it breaks you may be in trouble. Most of the old parts are used up. My FIL has one he won in 1951 and it needed some attention. He sent it to Alex Hamilton in San Antonio. Alex fixed it and even had to make a new part for it but it shoots now. Alex told him to shoot it a little and keep it in the safe the rest of the time because if it broke again it would be hard to fix again.

Use Std.vel.ammo and it should be fine for quite a while.
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Old April 1, 2013, 04:34 AM   #18
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I have a Woodsman similar to yours, mine is a '49 sport target and has had a little more use. It is perfectly FINE to shoot high velocity ammo in any second or third series Woodsman, and as was mentioned earlier, any first series made after about 1933 has the mainspring housing that is built for HV ammo.

Definitely shoot it but take great care, parts are terribly hard to find (in some cases impossible) and when you do find them they are terribly expensive.

Thats a great find. Hang onto it they dont make 'em like that anymore
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Old April 1, 2013, 08:52 AM   #19
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You could do a whole lot worse! I had a couple of HD Militaries and a Model B over the years. Any of them were good for a 40 yard squirrel, if I was up to the shot that day.
I would like to have one of the short heavy barreled High Standards....

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Definitely shoot it but take great care, parts are terribly hard to find (in some cases impossible) and when you do find them they are terribly expensive.
Well if it breaks down..I guess I could part it out....
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Old April 1, 2013, 02:14 PM   #20
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Yea you could make your money back and then some. I'm looking for a rare "coltmaster" rear sight for mine right now. the elevation screw hole is stripped out. Your's has the newer style sight on it I think. Those can actually be found, but still are not cheap.
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Old April 1, 2013, 03:52 PM   #21
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The Colts will be shot sparingly...The High Standards get shot a whole lot more.....
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Old April 1, 2013, 05:22 PM   #22
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No reason, in my view, not to shoot them all a lot...
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Old April 1, 2013, 05:38 PM   #23
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I have one in the safe that I picked up maybe 10+ years ago. Really have not shot it much but did do a Colt look-up on the serial number and it came back with:

1965 - 2nd or 3rd generation model match target

Have no idea what it is worth.
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Old April 1, 2013, 06:00 PM   #24
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If its a '65 it has to be a third gen by about 10 years.

Match target was the top of the line model but third gen woodsmen dont usually bring quite as much as first or second. They're all great shooters though.
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Great score! Congrats!
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