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Old 06-01-2020, 06:17 PM
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Billburrfan, your 3rd Series Sport Model may indeed be quite rate if its serial number falls withing the range of 146138-S to 147138-S. These serial numbers mark the production of the first 1001 Woodsmans of the third series. Thereafter, the serial numbers restarted at 160001-S and continued sequentially until 1969 when the beginning serial number was again reset to 001001S.

These earliest Woodsmans were unusual guns in that they carried over a number of features from the second series pistols—features that entirely disappeared beginning with serial number 16001-S through end-of-production.

For example, they included a magazine disconnect safety; second series magazine, second series barrel markings, second series slide stop lever (vs. stamped 3rd series lever); and notch on right hand grip for the push button mag release.

This information is gleaned from Bob Rayburn's "Colt Woodsman Pocket Guide," as well as from personal correspondence with Bob himself. If you don't own a copy of his guide, get one. The nominal cost is well worth the price to any Woodsman (and Targetsman) owner and will give you countless hours of enjoyment..

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Old 06-03-2020, 12:55 PM
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Billburrfan, your 3rd Series Sport Model may indeed be quite rate if its serial number falls withing the range of 146138-S to 147138-S. These serial numbers mark the production of the first 1001 Woodsmans of the third series. Thereafter, the serial numbers restarted at 160001-S and continued sequentially until 1969 when the beginning serial number was again reset to 001001S.

These earliest Woodsmans were unusual guns in that they carried over a number of features from the second series pistols—features that entirely disappeared beginning with serial number 16001-S through end-of-production.

For example, they included a magazine disconnect safety; second series magazine, second series barrel markings, second series slide stop lever (vs. stamped 3rd series lever); and notch on right hand grip for the push button mag release.

This information is gleaned from Bob Rayburn's "Colt Woodsman Pocket Guide," as well as from personal correspondence with Bob himself. If you don't own a copy of his guide, get one. The nominal cost is well worth the price to any Woodsman (and Targetsman) owner and will give you countless hours of enjoyment..
Unfortunately mine is a later serial number so it is a run of the mill 1957 3rd series woodsman. It functions great, I just need to get the sighting down and it will be a nice walking around gun and a good trainer for less experienced friends and family to shoot
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