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Hope this works: Colt Challenger Pics

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JeffDilla, Sep 12, 2008.

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  1. JeffDilla

    JeffDilla Member

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    I'm trying to post pics for the first time, I hope it works.

    My Colt Challenger

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  2. JeffDilla

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    Sorry, they're kind of big. At least it worked :)
     
  3. dreamer56

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    Nice - here's mine - extremely accurate and reliable! :)
     

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    Looks good. The bluing is a little worn on mine. My grandfather just gave it to me last week. He's had it for a long time, it's been his woods gun for a long time, he was a trapper. I'm taking it out shooting this Sunday for the first time.
     
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    Thats a great gift from your paps.
    Do you know how old it is?
    Have fun shooting it.
     
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    interesting, my parents had a few leather topped tables that look just like what your neat gun is resting on.
     
  7. JeffDilla

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    1BlindRef, From what I can tell by the serial number, it was manufactured in 1953. My grandpa is 87 now, and as far as I know, he bought it new.

    Burningsquirrels, the table in the picture is an end table that my girlfriend brought back from Newfoundland from her grandmother's house when after she passed her way, we have two of them at the end of couch, scrolling cupboard doors on the front, PERFECT size to put a small gun safe in there.:) I want one next to my bed.
     
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    Thanks! and again, what a great gift! :)
     
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    I like Challengers and used to carry one or the other of them holstered whenever I was camping, fishing, etc. Just a nice thing to have along.


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    krs.... that's a fine pair of firearms you have there.
     
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    The Challanger looks like the Woodsman with a bottom mag release. The Huntsman (which I have) has the bottom mag release too. What is the difference in the three pistols?
     
  12. JeffDilla

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    RonE, The challenger series came in the second series of the woodsman (1947-1955) and as you noted, has the mag release on the butt of the gun and has the -C suffix on the serial number, the woodsman carries the -S suffix on the serial number. The third series of the woodsman also continued with the challenger. The following website has a ton of info on them

    http://www.colt22.com/
     
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    In 1955 Colt introduced the 3rd Series Woodsman line. Colt dropped the name Challenger, renaming it the Huntsman.
     
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    Nice pistol, I just love old .22s.
     
  15. JeffDilla

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    I just took it out for the first time since it was given to me this afternoon and put about 250 rounds through it. I was really impressed with the accuracy, a natural pointer. I really enjoyed shooting this pistol. Then we brought out my buddy's .357 blackhawk. Now that was fun.
     
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    Very nice. You're really going to like it.
     
  17. krs

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    Probably the biggest difference between Challengers and the rest is the lack of a last round slide lock. The pistol will close when empty and it takes a bit of discipline to keep from clicking on an empty chamber.

    No adjustable sights too, and to me that's always been a plus. The pistols typically shoot into a dime at point of aim so they don't need their shooters fiddling with what works already.
     
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    krs, I agree with you about the fixed sights. Both my friend and I were really impressed with it's accuracy. It's just a natural pointer. My first shots with it were all within 3 or so inches from about 20 yards, and that was the first time ive shot a handgun in 3 years or so. I was pretty happy about that
     
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