29 Dec 2016

Colt Pre-Woodsman


The young Hemingway carried his Colt Automatic Target Pistol in a shoulder holster.

Colt introduced the Colt Automatic Pistol Caliber .22 Target Model, based on a design by John Moses Browning completed by Colt employees George H. Tansley and F.C. Chadwick in 1915. Colt started calling this model “The Woodsman” in 1927, so earlier examples are referred to as Pre-Woodmans.

Like Hemingway’s, my just-acquired Pre-Woodsman was manufactured in 1919 and is only a few serial numbers away from Papa’s own. Mine has had its front sight replaced with a non-adjustable model and has white mid-century Franzite target grips.

A most pined-after plinking pistol.

Colt Woodsman Target Model.

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Great pistols. I have two of the pre-Woodsman’s, the oldest with a four-digit serial number, pencil barrel and original walnut grips, and three pre-WW2 Woodsman’s. They are all original and still work perfectly, but I seldom shoot the older ones anymore.
i doubt that Colt could reintroduce these at a competitive price nowadays.

hugh mungous

Cool!!! Wish Colt would start re making their pistols . Wasn’t aware of this Woodsman. A re-issued Colt Python would sell well I think…


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