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Nomad or Woodsman?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Certaindeaf, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member




  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Well just in case any of you don't know nothin, the Browning is way better.
  3. Wil Terry

    Wil Terry Well-Known Member

    I WOULD DISAGREE WITH THIS POINT OF VIEW; the higher grade Browning Challenger 22 pistol I had was a distinct PITA and could not shoot with ANY of the six different COLT 22 autoloading pistols I've had [ or have yet ]. FURTHERMORE, it was not made as well as the COLT.
    And so it goes...
  4. Edarnold

    Edarnold Well-Known Member

    In 20 years the Colt will have doubled in value; you will be lucky to break even on the Browning, inflation or not. The market decides, and a well kept Woodsman will always be a winner.
  5. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    It's a copy of the Woodsman.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    No, it isn't!
    Not even close to a copy.
    The only thing similar to the Woodsman is the external shape of the Nomad.
    Internals, barrel mounting, takedown, etc are totally different.

    Either gun is good.
    IMO: The Woodsman is better.

    Also IMO:
    Replacement mags for either one are getting scarce, and good ones will run you in the $40-$50+ range for the Nomad, and more for genuine Colt Woodsman mags.

  7. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    I'll go ahead and say it....

    Ruger MK
  8. Savage99

    Savage99 Well-Known Member

    The two pistols are not comparable.

    The Woodsman was made by Colt in the USA and is a class gun.

    The other gun was made by the japs who started and lost ww2 or maybe now in china. No class.

    I have shot and carried the Woodsman since 1957 and have some of the older ones.

    Here is, in my view, the best looking pistol ever made.

  9. springer99

    springer99 Well-Known Member

    Years(many) ago, I carried a Nomad all the time when tending a trapline. It never failed me once. Rock solid and accurate to be sure. Don't have anything more to add.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    This one ain't too shaby:

    1976 Match Target

    1936 4 1/2" Sport & 6 5/8" 1927 Woodsman
    But the 4 1/2" 1936 Sport in this photo is the best most accurate Woodsman I own.

    A litter

  11. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    The Browning Medalist, Challenger and Nomad were made in Belgium until about 1974. They are excellent all steel guns and close in design to the Woodsman. The Medalist will usually out shoot a Colt Match Target Woodsman BTW as it was a premium hand tuned match weapon.The premium High Standard target pistols out shot them both in the day until Clark Modified Ruger Mark 1s ruled the roost in NRA matches.
  12. Ascot500

    Ascot500 Well-Known Member

    I doubt that you will be unhappy with either.

    But to my eyes the Woodsman just looks better.

    There are an awful lot of finger grooves on that Browning slide.
  13. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    Jump on that Woodsman, just "style and class" above that other one!
  14. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The Woodsman is way above the others as a collectors item and most have good trigger pulls.

    For plain durability and reliability with about anything in .22 LR ammo, it is hard to beat a Ruger Mk anything.

  15. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I seem to remember the S&W Model 41 ruling NRA Bullseye in 1969 when I shot inter-service matches at Ft. Benning.

    The Hi-Standards were very good, and some of the top shooters preferred them.
    But the Model 41 shooters most often came home with the gold on my US Army AMU pistol team.

    Not saying one was more accurate then the other.
    As they were both way more accurate then the Woodsman Match Target, or Medalist, Challenger, or Nomad.
    Or the Clark Ruger.

    Nobody on the service teams shot them.
    And none of the civilian shooters with Clark's were very competitive in my part of the world.

    As an AMU pistol team gunsmith, I spent a lot of time making civilian Jim Clark's work.
    Which had a lot more to do with the civilians tinkering and lack of maintenance then Jim Clark's initial gun building skills.

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  16. helitack32f1

    helitack32f1 Well-Known Member

    Colt Woodsman! But only because I love them and have never even heard of a Nomad.

    Savage99 and rcmodel's photos are making me jealous!
  17. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    The Colt Woodsman, all the way! I love their styling and their old school look of blued steel and walnut grips.
  18. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Heh, I hear you guys! I just wanted to hear one way or another from you all. I'd certainly not turn my nose up at anything Colt or High Standard. I've had my Nomad for over thirty years. The bluing is old world deep perfection to this day. It fits my hand perfectly and shoots like a reliable little laser beam.. I love it.
  19. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    I'v always liked Colt's Woodsman series better than any other SA 22 cal pistol. Really enjoy shooting my 2nd series MT and the only 22 handgun I like a little better is my old S&S K22. Hell, I'm a old coot and appreciate the craftsmanship in these older arms made of steel far more than the light alloyed and mold injected handguns made today.
  20. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member


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