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Nomad or Woodsman?

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

  1. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    I personally like the Woodsman more, I just wish it wasn't so painful buying one now.
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Yea, I know. The Nomad was never made in Japan.. it was made in Belgium.
    Speaking of Japan, I've had Belgian and Japanese manufactured BLR's (Browning Lever Rifle).. The Japanese made ones were/are fully as fine as those made in Belgium. I wish they made Hi-Powers in Japan.
  3. shootist2121

    shootist2121 Well-Known Member

    I shot a Browning Challenger against Colts, Hi Standards and Smiths. It held its own against all of them...Colts IMO are over priced, but to each their own. If you can get the Colt at the same cost of the Nomad..I buy the Colt..It has at least last shot hold open versus Nomad which does not.

    Be Safe
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I've never shot a Medalist or Challenger. It would seem there would be little reason to have a rifle.
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I've had a 4" 422 S&W for decades. Ugly as sin but it's very reliable and accurate.. the bore being like 1/2" above your grip works well also.


    Nomad is better than that though.
  6. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    Walther 1936 Olympia Model Target Pistol

  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Is that made in chinee? lolz
  8. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    lol, I don't think so, but Norinco made a copy of it. I can't afford a Walter, but I do have the Norinco copy and it is hands down the most accurate 22 I have shot. I own 2 Ruger MKs and a browning buckmark and I much prefer the Norinco
  9. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Well dayum, I hear you. That's interesting.
  10. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    Here is a pic of the "chinese" copy (what I have)

    Norinco TT Olympia. The Walther was the gun that won the Gold medal for germany in the 1936 olympics (hence the name)

  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I really just started this thread to show/say how much I appreciate the Nomad. I see nothing wrong with praising worthy .22's here.
  12. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    The Nomad and Woodsman are both on my bucket list. I have not had the joy of shooting either, but they are two guns that I would love to add to my collection
  13. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    When my dad died in '81, he left two Woodsmans; one Match Target and one plain Target. My brother got the Match Target, even though he never really cared much about shooting.

    I gave my still-pristine Woodsman to my youngest son a few weeks ago. I picked up a new Mark III 22/45 with threaded barrel. Have since bought a Mark III 22/45 Target. The Woodsman's value is probably over twice what I paid for both Rugers. The Rugers are better pistols, however. ;)
  14. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    Woodsman for sure - no doubt about that at all.... wait, I don't have a Challenger, but I do desperately want a Belgium one with both barrels.. Take your pick, both are actually great guns.

    I'd take either over my Ruger MKII any day.

  15. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Great pic.
  16. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    My wife inherited a Colt Huntsman. I'm am thrilled when I get the chance to shoot it :)

    My FiL bought it, used, in the early 70's for ~$250. I'd have to say I'm glad he did; I know there are better .22 pistols out there but it remains the finest I've ever had the pleasure to shoot.

    So consider this my vote for the Colt :evil:
  17. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    On Feb 23, a little over a month ago, I was at the Puyallup gun show and watched an old gentleman pay ~ $1k for a Woodsman. I stopped and asked him why it was worth so much. He said it was because it came with 3 magazines.

    I did not understand that completely, but I have bought 6 Woodsman and one pre woodsman since. I have not shot any of them yet. Another old gentleman who lives near me says he can teach me how to shoot 22 target. He gave me some Woodsman grips and says he is done with Woodsmen. He is into other stuff. Three days ago he said to me, "Did you hear that Chiappa will be handling the FAS 602 and 604? If priced well, the 602 could be a strong contender against the Pardini SP22, the Benelli MP95e and MP90s. The FAS 604 would be a superb air pistol for you to use for fun practice at home. Its weight and mass resembles a .22lr pistol."

    But teaching me to be a good shot with a handgun may be hopeless.

    He says if I reduce my goals, go for the buckmark.

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  18. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  19. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    While the Colt was always much more expensive than the Ruger target pistols (which I love) I'd like to get my hands on a Woodsman someday.
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I really wouldn't mind a Browning Medalist one of these days but were I only able to have one, I'd choose my old Nomad.


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