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Old November 23, 2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Pre woodsman Colt: today's gun show purchase

This is a pre Colt Woodsman 1919 that has 70% original bluing and a correct two tone magazine.

I would have paid more, but I offered less.
He wanted $400, I offered $350, he countered $360 and I took it.
It had no oil, no dirt, and no rust.
So it must have been stored well.
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Old November 24, 2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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I hope you buy a lottery ticket cause your luck is out of this world. Great find and purchase.
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Old November 24, 2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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I had one and I owned it for a year and loved it... but had to move it. Mine was 1928 production and it was not spec'd for high velocity ammo. I wasn't thrilled with having to buy a little pricier ammo for it, but I figured it wasn't a big deal for a pistol that I really loved, so I bought two cases of the lowest priced SV ammo I could find (Mexican made Eley Sport) and figured I would be happy going forth.

The problem was more than the ammo, however -- it was the dang magazines. Mine also came with a correct First Series two-tone magazine, and my magazine functioned perfectly. With that mag, the pistol ran like a top and was a pleasure to shoot. But I was handcuffed with that single mag and I failed miserably to find even a second magazine to supplant my range sessions -- when what I really wanted was FOUR extra magazines.

The magazines are as collectible as the darn pistols. If you found a First Series magazine for $75, that was a *BUY* price. I saw them often priced & marketed far higher than that. Triple K had made a compatible aftermarket magazine, but even those silly things are out of production. And I think we can agree, Triple-K was never an industry leader in magazines out there.

When I found a fine deal on a 1952 Challenger (Second Series Woodsman Variant) and I ran it hard over two range days, I knew it was time to honor my 1928 Woodsman and forward it on to another shooter. The Second Series pistols have a better grip feel and larger sights.

I'll not regret a minute of the year I spent with my '28 Woodsman or the 600+ rounds I sent downrange with it, but I'm -FAR- happier with a Second Series, with magazines that exist in the real world and common high-velocity .22LR ammo.

Truth is, I love all the Woodsman pistols. Yours is very cool, and I know this simply from my own.
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