Colt Woodsman 22 RF Semi-Auto Pi Colt Woodsman Series Semi-Automatic 22 LR Pistol THERE ARE THREE DISTINCT SERIES (maybe even 4 or 5 depending on how fine you interpret it) This article is a brief rendition of the Colt 'Woodsman series, and will give the average owner insight to this series. If you are a collector, then you need to do advanced searching There are three basic series of Woodsman pistols, corresponding to three basic frame designs.
Everything that is in my 96 page Colt Woodsman Pocket Guide is available for. The serial number also provides a sure. In his Colt Rimfire Automatic Pistols for. COLT WOODSMAN 6' HEAVY BARREL 3rd Series- 22 Caliber for sale online. The serial number on the box matches that on the gun. This is a collectable grade Colt.
There are also some sub-series within the series, like different barrel lengths, sights or grips, etc. The models referred to here are all those pistols built on the “S” frame as designated by the Colt factory. The First 'Woodsman' series would have NOT been marked Woodsman, however for general purposes it is a Woodsman, but for collectors it is called the pre-Woodsman as noted below. The actual First model Woodsman (that had that name on it) as it existed prior to and during World War Two, was basically the same as the pre-Woodsman.
The Second Series includes all versions built on the 'second' frame design from late 1947 until mid 1955, and the Third Series means the third “S” frame design as used from 1955 to the end of regular production in 1977. The 'S' series is the model number that the Colt factory assigned to this model. Others model designations were 'P' for the SSA (Peacemaker), G for the Government model (1911), 'I' for the Python, 'M' for the 1903/1908 32/380 semi-auto and 'N' for the 1908 25ACP, etc. Pre Woodsman (1915-1927) The first Colt 22 RF automatic was marketed as Colt Automatic Target Pistol. There was no inscription on the LH side of the frame at the location where the barrel threads into it. This pre-Woodsman and the First Model can be easily recognized by its distinctive profile, which resembles the German Luger and the later Ruger Standard model, both having the rakish rearward grip angle. The grips were standard checkered walnut.
The serial numbers started at #1 which also provides a sure means of identification, with this serial number located on the front strap of the grip, and contains only numeric characters, with NO alphabetical suffix characters. The slides were marked on the LH side “Colt Automatic Caliber 22 Long Rifle” in 2 lines. There were no markings as to model or caliber on the frame or barrel. These pistols were designed to use only Standard velocity ammo, which was the only ammo at that time and was identified by a checkered thumbprint on the upper rear web of the mainspring housing.
This 'thumbprint' probably was not the intent at that time, but simply as a roughed area on the backstrap to better secure the gun in the shooter's hand following the pattern on their other models. The grip-frame bottom was 90 degrees to the magazine with the small magazine latch on the rear of the grip frame securing the upper rear of the magazine in the magazine well. Most of these EARLY magazines had no identifying marks on the bottom. And as a side-note would many times, they could be mistaken and interchangeable with the High Standard A or B models. Barrels were 6 5/8” long and a step down shoulder at the rear to a small diameter straight, “pencil barrel” (no taper).
You will note in the photo below that there is no writing on the LH side of frame where the barrel screws into. And that many of these early guns had the trigger placed nearer the center of the trigger guard as seen below. Colt pre-Woodsman Ammo Change If your pistol is pre-WWII, it will have a pattern on the mainspring housing, where the web between the thumb and forefinger touches when holding the pistol in firing position.
If that pattern is checkered (photo on the left below), it was made for use of standard velocity ammo (as that was all that was available at that time). If it is a pre WWII gun made after 1931, the pattern was changed to horizontal parallel lines (center in the photo below), because these later designed guns all were all designed for the later high velocity ammo which came out in 1931 at about s/n 80,000 The factory did offer conversion kits for usage of High Speed ammo in the early guns.
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