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Best Generation of Colt Woodsman for Shooting?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by stevehgraham, May 14, 2018.

  1. stevehgraham

    stevehgraham Member

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    I'm wondering if there is any reason to prefer a particular generation of the Colt Woodsman. I don't mean for collectability. I mean for actual use.

    I used to shoot a generation 3 with my grandfather. When he died, it disappeared. Funny how that happens. I would like to have one for myself.

    I don't like the magazine release on the generation 3 Woodsman. I prefer a button on the side of the grip, as in generation 2. Thing is, there may be a good reason for the generation 3 modification. If so, I would like to know what it is.

    Since resale value is worth considering, I have another question. Are black grips less desirable than brown, and if so, would it hurt the value of the gun to replace the original black grips with brown ones from the same period?
     
  2. dogtown tom

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    I've been collecting Woodsman and variants since 1975.

    For use as a "shooter" there is little difference between Second Series and Third Series. But being that the Second Series is more desirable as a collectible you may find that prices will be higher.

    As a practical matter, magazines for Third Series are cheaper, but can be modified to work in a Second Series.

    Swapping grips isn't permanent. Just buy a second pair.
    If you go to sell that Woodsman a collector will always want it as original as possible.

    Best website for Woodsman info: http://www.colt22.com/index.html
     
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    One of the best replies I've ever received here. Thank you.

    I am torn between getting exactly what I shot with my grandfather or getting a magazine release that seems less crazy. Of course, one IS permitted to own more than one Woodsman.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    My Woodsman is a First Generation, made in 1938, and so accurate it scares me. I don't mind the heel magazine release -- I'm not going to do a combat reload with a Woodsman, and it positions my hand where I can control the magazine and not drop and damage it when reloading.
     
  5. stevehgraham

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    Would you say the heel design is superior or that you have just gotten used to it?
     
  6. Vern Humphrey

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    For a woods gun, it's handy. With a button magazine release, it's easy to simply drop the magazine -- which is why a lot of M1911 mags have bump pads.
     
  7. Rudolph31

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    I have a 1934 Woodsman. It’s a beautiful gun but I have to admit I enjoy shooting my Ruger more. It just fits my hand better.
     
  8. stevehgraham

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    Now I'm trying to decide which barrel length I'd like. I suppose shorter makes more sense for a hunting sidearm.
     
  9. Vern Humphrey

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    I used to think that, based on my experience with a 7 1/2' barrel Blackhawk. But I find my Woodsman with the 6 7/8" barrel carries very well and the longer sight radius is an asset in squirrel hunting.
     
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    Which model(s) of the Woodsman series was most used in Bullseye competition? I'd like to get one to complete my battery of Bullseye-oriented handguns.
     
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