Colt Woodsman Value


March 4, 2012, 08:30 PM
My dad has a 1948-1949 Colt Woodsman, all original, never been re-blued, fired very little and has the original holster.Serial # is 356XX-S. The only wear is on the barrel at the muzzle on both sides.

I need a value because my dad wants to trade it towards a 1911.


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March 4, 2012, 11:44 PM
I would keep the Woodsman.

My guess is that you have your dad's Woodsman and you want a 911 or whatever it is.

Keep the Woodsman. It was your dad's!

March 5, 2012, 01:16 AM
More than any 1911 made.

More seriously? Yeah, that was a better design and is far more fun to shoot. Ever taken it to the range? Put a hundred rounds or .22 lr through it and I'll bet you'll never sell it because it'll make you think you're a much better shot than you are :)

My wife inherited a much newer one. I'd sell every other gun in the house before it.

March 5, 2012, 02:30 AM
Check out Rob Rayburn is the grand Ole man of the woodsman. Als you can look on gunbroker to see what similar ones are selling for. Your serial number puts manufacture date in very late 1948 and it is a second series as they are the only series with a push button mag release.

I am in no way shape or form an expert but if I were to price your woodsman I would say 700-800 easily and could possibly go higher. Extra mags go for a pretty penny. Also if you have the full set of grip adapters it would add to the price.

Again check out and study up on the woodsman. I own a first series Match Target Woodsman and would never sell, trade, or even let my wife barrow it at the range. My all time favorite handgun. If I were you I would hold onto it being that it is your fathers.

March 5, 2012, 03:25 AM
There is no sentimental family value to the pistol, co-worker needed some cash and my dad bought this pistol from him.

March 5, 2012, 07:48 AM
Buy it from your Dad. I think $1K is in the ballpark.

March 5, 2012, 08:03 AM

I would put value a little lower than Devil.. SELLING prices on GB for one in that nice shape at 650 to 750.

to advertise- No cracks in the thumbrest Coltwood grips.
Most WTs on GB lately have the later brown mottled grips.
The grip adapter looks to be the small size.
Large is by far the most common, as the small broke more easily.
The Colt holster is a real selling plus also.

The magazine is a third series and an early second is gonna be close to a hundred for someone looking to buy your dad's pistol for collecting purposes.
No box. In that high of condition, a box would boost price more than 100, but there is no box, so move on.

Better photos of extent of wear on the barrel would help sale. I would think if that gun was put on GB at an even 7, it would sell first cycle, and maybe for more if you get two bidders.
Trading value purposes. I would hold at a min. of 750.

Just my take, JT
Oh yeah, if your dad is wanting a Colt 1911. He had better get moving. Prices on 70 series guns in clean shape are quickly headed up to pre-70s prices with no slowing in sight.

March 5, 2012, 12:01 PM

March 5, 2012, 12:35 PM
Perfectly good 1911's are a dime a dozen compaired to a Woodsman in that condition.

Careful what you're wishing for, cause what you gain, you just might lose.


March 5, 2012, 12:48 PM
I have regretted selling or trading many guns in my life but none as badly as trading my Colt Match Target(circa 1974)Woodsman. I still get nauseous over it nearly 40 years later.

March 5, 2012, 08:26 PM
These guns are classics, it's not worth what you could get for it. Save it.

March 5, 2012, 11:40 PM
That is in as nice a condition as I have ever seen an early second Target with the ramp front sight.

Retraction on my earlier estimate based on those nice photos. Think it would go north of 900 even with the early third mag and no box.
I have looked at plenty of later second Targets with the undercut blade front sight but you just don't see many early ones with that ramp front at all.
Just seems like a majority of the '48-'50 Woodsmen were Sports.

Just don't take it out to try for yourself. Then you'll have to buck up to the old man for his .45.

Colt is quality you keep.


March 6, 2012, 12:33 AM
If it were me, I would hold on to it a while longer. I think it would be a good investment. Or keep it to hand down to future generations. It's one of the all time great guns.

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