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Old March 9, 2020, 09:44 PM   #1
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9-Shot Colt Woodsman?

I am fiddling with the 3rd generation Colt Woodsman I picked up today, and it is impossible to get 10 rounds into the magazine, which has "Colt" stamped into the bottom of it.

Has anyone here ever heard of a Woodsman magazine that only held 9 rounds?
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Old March 10, 2020, 04:26 PM   #2
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Head over to www.rimfirecentrsl.com,

menu down to the COLT forum

Search for magazine takedown our look for "prewoodsman"posting.

You may have a spent case trapped inside and needs to be removed.

Also try: www.22colt.com
another informatiom site, with take-down and some tools .

1950's you should have the magazine release on the left side of frame ala a 1911.

Hope this helps.
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Old March 11, 2020, 12:20 AM   #3
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I made an error checking the serial number against a list. It appears this is a 1976 gun. The glorious Carter years!
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Old March 11, 2020, 09:17 AM   #4
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I don't know the capacity.I'd like to think the magazine could shoot a 10 shot string. Forcing an extra round can spread the lips.

Yes,make se the mag is clean,free of debris,and properly assembled
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Old March 11, 2020, 12:52 PM   #5
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Go here.
https://www.colt22.com/index.html
And it's worse than you think. Not all Woodsman's use the same mag. No mention of any being less than 10 though. Mags need bathing too. There might be a bit of crud in it stopping the follower.
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Old March 11, 2020, 01:08 PM   #6
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For NRA bullseye shooting you can only have 5 in the magazine anyhow- my TT Olympia (Norinco clone) magazines hold 8.

This thing about 10 isn't a standard, although all the stuff on the interwebs indicate the capacity is 10... Ask the Colt guys at Rimfire Central, I suspect there isn't a problem.
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Old March 11, 2020, 03:42 PM   #7
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I would love to ask at Rimfire Central, but they banned me for spamming about a week after I signed up. And I don't spam. I don't sell anything. Very weird. Never did anything wrong. Never got a warning. They don't respond to inquiries.

Maybe one of the mods thinks I'm an ex-girlfriend, come to spy on him.

Numrich makes replacement mags, but I am reluctant to buy until I have some idea of the quality. I would like to have at least two 10-round jobs.
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Old March 12, 2020, 03:56 PM   #8
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Strange, my 3rd MT holds ten, both clips.
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Old March 12, 2020, 06:56 PM   #9
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I have to do something about this. Not only am I limited to 9 rounds; the magazine spring is so strong it makes my hands sore. Maybe someone put the wrong spring in it.

There is absolutely no way to get a 10th round in there. It's hard to get the 9th one in.

I saw an old forum post that said a guy had found a way to use Ruger MKII magazines in a second-generation Woodsman. Another user said they don't work in third-generation guns. I wonder if anyone here has tried using magazines from other makers. It would be pretty neat to have a big supply of cheap magazines.

I looked into Triple K magazines, and they get bad reviews. The only other new ones I've found are made by Numrich, and I don't know whether they're any good.
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Interesting information: Beretta cloned the Woodsman third-generation magazine for the Neos pistol, so if you buy Neos magazines and file the plastic at the bottom down a little, you get Woodsman magazines for a little over $20 each. And they're stainless, so low maintenance.

Numrich used to sell the base plates for Colt magazines, but they stopped.
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I've been shooting the Woodsman (Second & Third series) since 1976 and have owned as many as twenty at once.......never have I had a problem with the factory mag and being able to load ten rounds.

I suspect either:
-it isn't an original magazine.
-its an aftermarket crap mag body with a Colt floorplate.
-someone swapped out the original follower or mag spring.
-magazine body, spring or follower is damaged.
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Old March 13, 2020, 09:03 AM   #12
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The spring is a lot stronger than it needs to be, and it can't be compressed enough to take a tenth round. The magazine looks like a Colt, but it has a notch on one side, which suggests it's for an earlier model.

I haven't found a source for springs.
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Old March 15, 2020, 08:44 PM   #13
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So 9+1.

Do you have only 1 mag?

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Old March 16, 2020, 05:03 PM   #14
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Today my Beretta Neos magazines arrived. They are not SIMILAR to Woodsman magazines. They ARE Woodsman magazines. The only difference is the base.

I took the spring out of a Neos magazine and stuck it in a Colt. Suddenly, the Colt magazine words perfectly. Someone had stuck the wrong spring in it.

To make a Beretta magazine fit in the Woodsman, I had to use a Dremel and a file to cut a little notch in the plastic base, which is thicker than a Colt steel base. Now the Beretta magazine fits perfectly. Pretty amusing.

An industrious person could cut a little piece of sheet steel and form it into the shape of a Colt base.

Now I guess I should cut some coils out of the Colt spring, stick it in a Neos magazine, alter the remaining three Neos bases, and get back to shooting.

If anyone knows where I could get a Woodsman or Neos spring without buying a whole magazine, I would like to know.

The Neos magazines are stainless. I might blue them to make them match the Colt.

03 16 20 Colt Woodsman Beretta magazine altered base small.jpg
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Old March 16, 2020, 05:20 PM   #16
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I should have looked there before asking. Thanks.

I suppose I should try cutting up the old spring first, since it's never going to work in a Woodsman as it is.
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