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The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by North Country Gal » Sat Jun 29, 2024 9:15 pm

You sure do. very nice.
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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by dave77 » Sun Jun 30, 2024 1:54 am

I have a Browning Challenger II. After a bit of hunting I even found the receipt, bought new in 1983 for $235. I like it, it shoots well and seems very accurate but I've never shot one of the Colts or Rugers to compare. Even though I like it and have had it for a long time it is still in excellent condition. I would guess it's had less than 500 rounds through it.

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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by BrokenolMarine » Sun Jun 30, 2024 8:31 am

I have the Smith 41, the gun we often shot in matches on Marine Pistol Teams.
I'll try and post a pic when I get back to the desktop.
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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by DsGrouse » Sun Jun 30, 2024 11:12 am

North Country Gal wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2024 9:15 pm
You sure do. very nice.
the original box and grips are safely stowed away.
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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by North Country Gal » Sun Jun 30, 2024 11:53 am

BrokenolMarine wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2024 8:31 am
I have the Smith 41, the gun we often shot in matches on Marine Pistol Teams.
I'll try and post a pic when I get back to the desktop.
The 41 is such a great pistol. To get the equivalent in a Woodsman, you have to step up to the Match Target with the heavy flat side barrel and those are now very expensive. Another plus for the 41 is that it is still in production, so parts, especially magazines, and service are still available.

In terms of shooting value, though, I've owned a S&W Victory and it was right there with the 41 for accuracy. You just can't beat the Victory for value.

And then there is the Ruger Mark. In terms of durability, it still can't be beat. I'm currently modding an early Mark II Target. When it's done, I fully expect it to outshoot the Woodsman.
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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by Ernie » Thu Jul 11, 2024 1:24 pm

I shot my dad's Ruger Mark II way back when and I didn't like the balance. Seemed too heavy compared to the Woodsman. Today I handled a MK IV 75th anniversary model and it felt much better and has an adjustable rear sight. I am also happy with the take down button instead of the difficult wrestling match I had with the earlier Marks. I laid it away for a couple weeks and will then be the proud owner. I hope it matches the durability and accuracy of the earlier models.
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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by North Country Gal » Thu Jul 11, 2024 3:00 pm

Looks good, Ernie. I have no experience with the MK IV, so I would be very interested in knowing how it works for you.
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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by Coach » Thu Jul 11, 2024 4:54 pm

I have a Woodsman. Very top of the picture. It was my Grandfather’s.

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Re: The classic Colt 22 auto, the Woodsman

Post by North Country Gal » Thu Jul 11, 2024 7:18 pm

That would be an earlier series (vintage) of Woodsman, but those are highly desirable for collectors. You also have some other very fine guns, there. Thanks for sharing. Love the Smiths.
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