Model: Woodsman Match Target 2nd Series
Serial Number: 112405-S
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT” and “AUTOMATIC / CAL. 22 LONG RIFLE”. The left side of the frame is marked with the Rampant Colt logo and “Match Target”. The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / U.S. PAT. D-121,317”. The right side of the frame above the trigger is marked “112405-S”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with an upside down “V” and the left rear with a “VP” inside a triangle. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “95”.
Barrel Length: The heavy slab sided barrel is 6” in length.
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a flat topped square notch rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation and dovetailed into the slide. The front sight is a Patridge style blade that is pinned into a slot on a serrated ramped base on the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered brown plastic with a pronounced thumb rest on the left grip and a Rampant Colt logo at the top of the right grip. A separate serrated brown plastic grip adapter is screwed to the mainspring housing. There are a very few light handling marks in the smooth areas of the grips, with a few light tool marks around the grip screw in the left grip. The checkering shows very light wear without mars. The serrations in the grip adapter show a few tiny nicks. The grips rate in about Fine to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The pistol is blued with a matte finish on the top of the barrel and slide, the underside of the barrel and frame and the rear of the slide and frame. The front strap and mainspring housing are serrated.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light marks in the top of the barrel and slide, the underside of the barrel, and in the left side of the barrel and frame. There is extremely light thinning on the edges of the slide and frame, and tiny spots of finish loss along the front left edge of the grip. The slide serrations are sharp. The grip screw shows very light marks from a screwdriver. The markings are crisp. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide locks back on an empty magazine and there is a slide release on the left side of the frame. There is also a manual safety on the left side of the frame. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one 10 round magazine. The magazine floorplate is marked “COLT CAL. . 22 L. R.”. The magazine shows minimal wear and is in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Colt Woodsman 2nd Series Match Target Model pistol. It has a heavy slab sided barrel, adjustable sights and the left side of the frame mounted magazine release characteristic of the 2nd Series (The Colt Woodsman pistols changed the location of the magazine release from the butt to the left side of the frame and then back to the butt for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Series – We guess they were going to keep changing it until they got it right). John M. Browning designed “Colt’s Automatic Pistol, Caliber .22”, later to become the Woodsman, with the design refined slightly by Colt employees George Tansley and F.C. Chadwick before it was released in 1915. The Woodsman stayed in production until 1977. Sportsmen favored the 4 ½” Sport Model, but the Match Target was the top of the line and a favorite of bullseye target competitors. The pistol is in about Excellent overall condition with about 98% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. Target pistols of this quality are no longer made in the United States and will command a premium over most “new” currently manufactured pistols except those used for high-end competition. If you are looking for a rimfire target pistol, this is still a better choice than most “NEW” pistols on the market today, but with its nice finish, the Colt collectors will price this pistol out of reach of most shooters.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: > This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.