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Colt huntsman 22lr should I have gotten it????

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by deadeyedog270, Apr 7, 2011.

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  1. deadeyedog270

    deadeyedog270 Member

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    I saw a Colt huntsman 22lr at a shop today for $350.
    was in nice condition had a little holster ware on the blueing of the barrel but was clean and looked good
    but did not have cash to put on it (was driving by sper of moment stop)

    how ever I can not find info on this gun execpt it is from the Colt woodsman line can some one tell me about it?
    Should I go back with cash and get it?
     
  2. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Member

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    It's pretty much a dressed down Woodsman. There was the Woodsman, Targetsman and the Huntsman. All are the same pistol with different grips and sights. {I think}
    I have the Targetsman version from the ealy 70's. It has thumb rest wood target grips and adjustable rear sight.
    They all take the same magazines and was another John Browning design. The target model may or may not have a better trigger, not real sure.

    $350.00 is probably about going price for the Huntsman model. Most of what I've seen for sale are the Woodsman and the Targetsman. If you like "vintage" style 22 pistols, they are wonderful pistols.
     
  3. deadeyedog270

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    This had fixed sites and a plastic or some sort of synthetic grips it did look nice but with age can you find parts and mags. for it at good price????
    I am in the markit for a 22 pistol but some thing the kids can shoot for a long time and have fun with so vintage may not be the way to go
     
  4. RB98SS

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    Don't forget the Challenger.
     
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    CDNN sells mags and grips
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    The Challenger was from the later 2nd. Series (1950-1955)
    Others were the:
    Woodsman Sport, Woodsman Target, and Match Target (1947 - 1955)

    The Third Series guns (1955-1977) were the:
    Woodsman Sport
    Woodsman Target
    Match Target
    Huntsman
    Targetsman (1959-1977)

    Challenger differances from the other higher priced Woodsman guns were:
    Butt / heel mag release instead of thumb button.
    Smaller trigger guard
    No slide stop
    No magazine safety.

    Early ones had Coltswood wood-grain plastic grips.
    Later ones had brown plastic grips.

    rc
     
  7. Sauer Grapes

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    Forgot about the Challenger....:uhoh:
    My targetsman doesn't have a slide stop either. Only thing I dislike about the gun.
    I'm sure there's still parts available for all those great Colt 22s.

    I wonder if my father bought it new? Never gave it much thought.
     
  8. The Lone Haranguer

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    Before someone else does!
     
  9. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Yes, I have a old Colt Woodsman. great gun.
     
  10. RB98SS

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    I really enjoy my Challenger but worry about not having the auto slide stop on it. From what I've read and been told, a rimfire is the worst type of pistol that you want to pull the trigger on an empty chamber with. Unless you keep track of the rounds you put in the magazine and stop the booger finger after the last round you end up doing just that. I tell myself that Colt wouldn't have allowed the design to be self destructive in this manner but I still wonder.

    Any thoughts?
     
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    It will not hurt it.

    I would not recommend hours of dry-firing every day.
    But snapping it because you ran the magazine dry occasionally won't hurt it.

    rc
     
  12. The Bushmaster

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    I have the Colt Woodsman second series with the magazine release behind the trigger, adjustable sights and 6" barrel. Of all the handguns I have this one is still the favorite one of the family. I retired it and got into a lot of trouble from wife and kids. I was force to put it back into service.
     
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    I have Colt Huntsman in the condition that you described deadeyedog270.
    Sauer Grapes is correct, that's about the going price for these.
    They have a nice trigger and shoot very well.
     
  14. Caddisflied

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    Actually the trigger might be a little too light for children,
    at least on mine.
    You want to keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire.
     
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    Have you made the trip with the money yet? Beat feet down there and get that dude, and some ammo, you're gonna need that too ! Enjoy.
     
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    Colt Woodsman Match Target Second Issue 1951 I have one..
     
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    Years ago I bought a 4" wood stocked Huntsman for $175
    Kept it for a few years and sold it for $350
    It was a good, sound, reliable shooter, much better than ANY Mkl or Mkll Ruger I ever owned.
     
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    Buy it - shoot it - enjoy it! Fine pistol.
     
  19. bigggbbruce

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    My Match Target is the best shooting 22 I have ever shot.... I can rest the hand grip on my sand bag and group 3" at 100 yards...

    My dad bought it new in 1951.. I found it in the closet when I was 15.. put it together ( my dad figured I wouldn't be able to) and put 500 rounds through it.. came home put it away... Hoping he wouldn't know...:what: Didn't clean it...

    Didn't see it again for 20 years.. Now it sits in my safe 20 years now... (yes box, paperwork, both grip pieces, screwdriver and original receipt for $150.)

    I shoot at least 100 rounds a week... Will never sell it....
     
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