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Old 07-04-2021, 12:41 AM
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Colt woodsman series 2 questions



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Was given this gun as a gift from a relative. The only problems is that I don't collect vintage guns and it has no magazines. Also in such good condition I'm kinda afraid to mess it up. Was wondering if I should use it as a shooter or if it's rare enough I should sell to a collector who will value it more? Would appreciate any insight on this gun. Thanks

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Old 07-04-2021, 12:44 AM
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Have not oiled and cleaned it yet

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Old 07-04-2021, 05:34 AM
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I have shot my 2nd series sport for over 30 years. I did have some springs replaced a couple years ago. I bought the gun used. They will take the 3rd series magazines which while expensive, are not as pricey as the original second series mags. The Coltwood plastic grips are a little prone to chipping and originals hard to find and expensive. All other parts are available and the pistol itself is very durable and fun to shoot. I would shoot it. I carry mine in the woods all the time, even with the expensive hard to replace grips. You could buy replacement grips and use those while storing the originals if that concerns you.
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Old 07-04-2021, 07:44 AM
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The clarify the above, your pistol will take 3rd series magazines that have the cutout on the right side for the push button magazine release. Colt stopped adding that cutout on later 3rd series magazines.
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Enjoy it and shoot it and take care of it.

Be sure to thank your relative for gifting you one of the best and most classic 22 handgun ever made
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Old 07-04-2021, 11:45 AM
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Enjoy your Colt Woodsman Series 2 4.5" Sport model, manufactured in 1950, by shooting it and as often as you wish.
And to read more in regards, I invite you to visit Bob Rayburn's most excellent website at:
www.colt22.com

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Old 07-04-2021, 12:12 PM
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That is a dandy colt woodsman, shoot and enjoy!
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Old 07-04-2021, 05:58 PM
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thanks for the feedback and also the idea of getting grips to shoot with and saving the old ones. Also do I have to worry about any modern day ammo?
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Old 07-04-2021, 06:52 PM
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Shoot, Standard or High velocity ammunition not to exceed 1280 fps ish.
Do not shoot the new hyper velocity type ammunition which exceeds 1280 fps ish.

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Old 07-05-2021, 12:06 PM
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They will take the 3rd series magazines which while expensive, are not as pricey as the original second series mags. .
Maybe, maybe not!

Only EARLY third-series magazines are backward compatible with second-series pistols. Later third-series production dropped the small cut on the right side of the magazine about 1" from the top, the function of which was to engage the push button mag release.

Check before you buy.
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Old 07-10-2021, 04:27 PM
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If the gun was a gift from a relative, I would take that as a sign that he or she meant for you to shoot it and enjoy it. Original, correct "tombstone" follower magazines are pricey but since the gun was free, why not find one and then you'll have a complete and correct gun ?

I'll bet once you have run a couple of boxes of ammo through it, you'll wonder why you waited. The Woodsmans didn't come upon their reputations by mythology.
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:55 PM
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With a bit of searching a colt magazine can be found for sure.
I have found several in typical “ junk boxes”at gun shows, a deal like these will run $50, possibly up to $75.
Don’t bother with aftermarket like triple k
I bought a well used challenger for less than $200 a few years ago, with a little tune up of a couple parts courtesy of prewoodsman and has run perfectly and is a delight to shoot
Mine came with one of the so called tombstone magazines, and then picked up 3 later series 3 magazines. One shop near me not known for his good prices had 3 originals in stock, and charged me $45 each. Also at a gun show found one in the aforementioned junk box for $30
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:38 PM
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Thumbs up Early Woodsman

Tom, Thanks for the link to Rayburn's site. I have (somewhere!) a copy of his "Guide" and look forward to exploring your own hints, etc.
Darn, but this is fun!!
Rob C.
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