Sold For: $1,520.00
Model: Woodsman Sport Model First Series
Serial Number: 155190
Year of Manufacture: Late 1941
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CAL. .22 LONG RIFLE” and with the Rampant Colt logo. The left side of the frame at the chamber is marked “The Woodsman”. The left of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D DEC. 22, 1903. AUG. 27, 1918. SEPT. 3, 1918.”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with a “T” and partially struck “VP” in a triangle. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “69”. The front strap is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 4 1/2”.
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a flat topped square notched rear sight that is drift adjustable for windage and dovetailed into the slide. The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a rounded front, fixed to the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are oil finished checkered walnut panels with beautiful tone and grain variations, coming in at oblique streaks. The inside of the right panel has an un-repaired crack, we did not remove the panel so as not to break this piece off. A skilled wood worker should be able to fix this. The exterior surfaces have a few sparse areas of light compression to the checker apexes, there are no surface cracks or major damages seen from the outside. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition, collectively.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its metal finish. The left of the trigger guard bow, right flank of the slide and frame by the trigger area, show several shallow, thin scratch marks, please see our pictures. The rear left flank of the slide has another tiny marks, the pistol does not show much evidence of use, the lines are sharp, the metal to metal fit is flush and the flat sides are FLAT. The grip screw is strait and the markings are crisp. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol has a crisp trigger pull and fluid mechanics. We did not fire this pistol. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to fulfill your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with two 2-tone blue and in the white finished magazines, the base plate of both have “COLT WOODSMAN / CAL. 22 L.R.”, there are a few light spots of frosting, not much evidence of use is seen, they rate in Excellent condition. Also included is a brown hard case with an outer ‘wrinkled’ synthetic texturing, made by Eagle Lock. It has twin clasps to secure the lid, the interior has brown soft padding on the inside of the lid, the interior shows a few scrapes and compression marks. An accessory compartment is also inside the case, with a brown snap and securing strap. The case is in Fine Plus condition.
Our Assessment: The Colt Woodsman was made in three different series starting in 1927. Of note is the fact that Colt changed the magazine release from the bottom (1st Series) to the left side (2nd Series) and then back again to the bottom in the 3rd series. This pistol is a 1st Series, made after the main spring housing change to accept high-velocity ammunition. The Colt Woodsman pistols were prized for their accuracy and the quality of workmanship put into them, making them a favorite of the target shooters in their day, and it wouldn’t surprise us if this pistol could outshoot most of the rimfire autos being made today. This pistol is in Excellent condition, with nearly all of its finish left; this is impressive for production in late 1941. It did not see much use, we’re unsure of its history but proper care was adhered to. With the display case and magazines, this is a collector’s wish list come to fruition.