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All these old woodsman threads got me thinking....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Soybomb, Apr 12, 2007.

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  1. Soybomb

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    I have a woodsman sitting in the safe that needs to be shot, but I think it needs some TLC.
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    This one was made in 1937 and was my grandfathers.

    The other side of the grip is currently missing, I'm hoping a little searching will make it turn up. Other than that though its probably been 20 years or more since its been shot. Its in pretty good shape, but I figure at the least it could probably use some new springs just for its well being. I figure at the least a recoil spring (although I'm not sure how easy this is going to be to install, I always heard to just not take it off the slide usually....) and a magazine spring. I've seen other people recommend a new firing pin, extractor and extractor spring. What do you think I should replace just to be sure it runs flawlessly and doesn't beat itself to death? Thanks!
     
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    Just use only standard vel ammo. Nice gun and enjoy the memories.
     
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    This is one of the newer ones that is supposedly ok for high velocity stuff, is it still prudent to stick with slow stuff because of its age?

    Thanks!
     
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    Good luck finding a pair of grips for that that are vintage. I ended up getting a set from Eagle and they do not match the originals for looks and quality, they do look very nice and have held up real well.


    Just a check on the Standard Vel vs High Vel ammo

    If your Woodsman is pre-WWII it will have a pattern on the mainspring housing, where the web between the thumb and forefinger touches when holding the pistol in firing position. If that pattern is checkered (left), it was made for standard velocity ammo. If the pattern is horizontal parallel lines (right), it was designed for high velocity ammo. If it is a post WWII gun it will have no such pattern, because all were designed for high velocity ammo.
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    Have fun and good shooting.
     
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