My First Gun: Colt Challenger .22lr


September 7, 2008, 05:09 PM
My grandfather just gave me his Colt Challenger .22 today. It seems like a nice little pistol, I'll be able to test it out next sunday. Is anyone familiar with this gun and have any info about it? I know its pretty straight forward, I used to shoot this with him when I was younger when we were hunting or trapping (he likes to carry it on his hip). I'm just curious if anyone has any stories to share or anything of interest. Thanks.

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September 7, 2008, 06:00 PM
Nothing revolutionary here - mine was given to me as well and is a joy to take to the range! I love shootin' that thing!

Congrats - take care of it and straight shootin' :)

September 7, 2008, 06:05 PM
I googled a bit, and if I didn't totally misunderstand it, The Colt Challenger is a version of the Colt Woodsman. Seems to be a really great gun. :)
If you google "Colt Woodsman" you'll find some information about it.

September 7, 2008, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the info, I'm on it:)

September 7, 2008, 06:23 PM
I did some quick internet research and from what I found, the challenger (with the -c suffix at the end of the cereal number) dates 1947-55. It appears to be in great shape, my grandfather has always taken great care of his guns. I don't think it has seen a lot of use, as he just carried it on his hip for a sidearm while deer hunting and trapping. I guess I just like the idea of a gun with a little history to it, as so many do. Call me nostalgic.

September 7, 2008, 06:41 PM

September 7, 2008, 08:02 PM
Thanks. I'm anxious to take it out and see how it goes.

September 7, 2008, 09:21 PM
Thats pretty cool, a gun with some history.

September 7, 2008, 09:29 PM
Yeah, albeit family history, but still "history" to me :)

September 7, 2008, 09:49 PM
Family guns are real treasures.

I have a good many guns and occasionally sell or trade one off but the couple that were given to me by my dad as a youngster will always stay with me to be kept and used with much pleasure and satisfaction.

September 8, 2008, 10:54 AM
You'll enjoy it. They're great plinkers and pot guns. The Colts are a classic design. For loads of info, go to It's a wonderful site and includes field stripping instructions. Nothing difficult about that operation, but getting the pistol back together can be tricky for some people with dexterity problems, like me.

September 8, 2008, 11:01 AM
Capttom, I've been looking at that site quite a bit and it does have a lot to offer. I checked out the takedown/assembly instructions and I think I might hold off on doing that for a while, I'm new to handguns and it looks like a daunting task for someone who isn't yet familiar with operations and functions of all the parts. I think the handgun course I'm taking in a couple of weeks goes over maintenance and assembly, so I'm hoping that will prime me a bit and familiarize me with parts and their function.

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