The Colt Woodsman was a semi-automatic pistol designed by John Moses Browning and produced by Colt. Produced between 1915 and 1977, the Woodsman became renowned as one of the best .22 calibre pistols of its time (even in comparison to modern firearms).
The Colt Woodsman was originally designed and produced in 1915, by legendary gun designer John Moses Browning. It was not, however, called the Woodsman at this time, simply catalogued as the “Colt .22 LR Automatic pistol”. In 1927, however, after analysing whom was buying their pistols, Colt began stamping the name Colt Woodsman to the .22 LR Automatic pistol (after around 54,000 had been produced), hoping to further tie the pistol to the hunting market.
Other than the introduction of a “Sports” model and a “Match Target” model in the 1930s, the Colt Woodsman design was not altered until the end of the Second World War. The Second Series of the Colt Woodsman entered production in 1947, with minor modifications made to the magazine release (which was the only version of the Woodsman to feature a push-button magazine release) while Colt also introduced the “Challenger” model of the Woodsman.
In 1955, Colt decided to modify the Woodsman again, as a result of increasing pressure from Ruger (and their Standard model) and other .22 calibre pistols. The magazine release was relocated to the base of the grip (as it had been on the First Series) while minor changes were made to the shape of the frame and barrel. Production ran until 1977, with various versions of the Woodsman produced and marked as “Huntsman” or “Targetsman”.
There are 3 series of Colt Woodsman pistols which correlate to 3 frame designs. The First Series refers to all those built on the S frame as it existed prior to and during WWII. The Second Series includes all versions built on the second S frame design from late 1947 until mid 1955, and Third Series means the third S frame design as used from 1955 to the end of regular production in 1977.
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