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Old 09-04-2019, 09:18 PM
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Hi Folks!

With some offline help from the folks in this forum, I am now the owner this little gem Ö



Itís one of 925 Woodsman pistols sold to U.S. Air Force in 1949 for use in ďArctic Survival Kits.Ē The kits were presumably made for aircrews traveling over the polar regions during the Cold War, but I havenít stumbled into any documentation of that. (It may well exist. I just havenít seen it.)

In most ways, the Air Force guns are ordinary, 6-inch, second-series guns, but they can be identified by some unique features, including:
- the serial number range (reportedly numbers in the 64xxx to 65xxx range)
- the ramp-style front sight
- the fixed rear sight
- the lack of a magazine safety
- the lack of a slide stop

This gun (65243-S) has the requisite features, and I believe itís authentic. However, I have ordered a Colt letter to confirm that belief.

The gun is in excellent, but not perfect condition. Thereís some wear on the left side and muzzle along with a short scratch on the left side of the slide. The Coltwood grips are undamaged. The bore is great, and the gun functions perfectly.

All comments, including criticisms, are welcome.

Enjoy!
Dave

P.S. This letter (taken from oldcolt.com) is for a different Air Force Woodsman, but offers some useful details Ö



Thanks to oldcolt.com, coltautos.com and colt22.com for a wealth of information! Thanks also to the folks who worked with me privately on this purchase!
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:44 PM
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Plus.
No provision for a lanyard ring or palm swell/grip adapter.
Regards,
Tom Platt
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Old 09-05-2019, 04:11 AM
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Just wonder what the point was for leaving out the slide stop.
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:18 AM
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They probably thought it would freeze is all I can figure.
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Old 09-05-2019, 06:38 AM
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They probably thought it would freeze is all I can figure.
It could also have been to shave a few pennies off the cost. Hard to tell.

Thanks!
Dave
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