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Old 04-21-2013, 01:30 AM   #31
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I forgot to ask, are the Model 41 and Woodsman as reliable and durable as a Mk III or are they more of a range use only? I want to be able to pack it in the woods and it'll see some heavy duty use.

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Looking at the manual right now and I'm scared! Looks like I need to research the Woodsman. What does a Match Target and a standard Woodsman go for?
Just as much or more than a Model 41, depending on what condition they're in. They quit making them several years ago so you have to sort of figure in the collectible factor of the guns. With the prices these days I would imagine they're pretty high priced.

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I forgot to ask, are the Model 41 and Woodsman as reliable and durable as a Mk III or are they more of a range use only? I want to be able to pack it in the woods and it'll see some heavy duty use.
I'd use mine anywhere, but that's just me. I love plinking and that's what I mainly use all my guns for, except the ones I hunt with.
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One other thing, on the older pre 1933 Woodsman's, you probably want to shoot standard velocity .22 ammo.

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Short answer: Yes. BUT: Woodsmans made prior to 1933 were designed for standard velocity .22 LR. Those made after 1933 were all designed for high velocity .22 LR, with a stronger recoil spring and a case hardened mainspring housing, which is the part that takes the brunt of the recoil. The transition took place in the early part of 1933. They all will handle standard velocity ammo, which is what all target .22 LR is to this day. I do not recommend firing high velocity ammo in one of the early guns (before 1933). Just buy target ammo and use that. It is more accurate, and less noisy besides. If your Woodsman 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 (left), it was made for standard velocity ammo. If the pattern is horizontal parallel lines (right), it was designed for high velocity ammo. If it is a post WWII gun it will have no such pattern, because all were designed for high velocity ammo.
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Thanks Roc, good info. I shot a Woodsman when I was a child in the early 90's and loved it. I haven't seen one since. Well, I guess I'm saving for a Model 41 or a Woodsman among all the other weapons and optics I'm saving for. If only I could win the Powerball all my dreams would come true!

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They aren't that hard to reassemble if you point the handle up as you push the pin and lock the lever in.

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