SOLD FOR: $1,277.00
Model: Woodsman Target Model
Serial Number: 124493
Year of Manufacture: 1938 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the frame between the slide and barrel is marked “THE WOODSMAN”. The left of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CAL .22 LONG RIFLE” and with a rampant colt. The top 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 frontstrap is marked “124493”. The magazine’s floorplate is marked “COLT WOODSMAN / CAL. 22 L.R.”.
Barrel Length: The slightly tapered barrel is 6 5/8” in length and 0.527” in diameter at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade pinned into a slotted base on the barrel and adjustable for elevation. The rear sight is a flat tapped square notch dovetailed into the slide that is adjustable for windage.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece full-checkered walnut panels. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: 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 96% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There are a few scattered light marks with a spot of light wear on the right of the barrel at the front, a spot of light freckling on the top of the slide just above the right flat, a couple more on the front of the frame above the trigger guard, a spot of light wear on the left of the frame at the front edge of the grip panel behind the trigger and light handling wear in the grip straps. The slide serrations, trigger serrations, grip safety serrations, safety knurling and magazine release serrations are sharp. The screw head is sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol does not have a slide that locks back on an empty magazine, but the safety can be used to lock the slide back manually. 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 in a black cardboard box with correct label, test target, manual, green hang-tag indicating it is safe for use with high-velocity ammunition and with one 10 round magazine. The magazine is blued with the top inch of the magazine “In The White”. The magazine shows light wear and a little light frosting, in about Very Good-plus condition. the box has wear at the corners with the outer layer peeling at the rear-right of the lid with tears at each of the right corners of the lid, in about Good-Very Good condition. The test target is serialized to the gun.
Our Assessment: When Colt first released a .22 caliber target pistol in 1915, it did not have a model name and was known simply as a “Colt Automatic Pistol, Caliber .22 Target Pistol”. It wasn’t until 1927 that it was named the “Woodsman”. The Colt Woodsman was very popular with sports shooters and target shooters alike, and was made in three series starting in 1927 and ending in 1977. This pistol is a 1st Series Woodsman Target Model, with a 6 5/8” tapered barrel and was chambered for .22 L.R. High Velocity only ammunition. The pistol is in about Fine condition with about 96% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This is a nicely preserved pistol for being 80 years old, and should garner a lot of attention from the Colt collectors. It’s also sure to be a great shooter, just look at that test target. Please see our photos and good luck!
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.