Colt Woodsman Match Target

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by dada2d, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. dada2d

    dada2d New Member

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    Hello all, I just inherited from my father in law , a first release Colt Match Target Woodsman along with three other guns. I was fascinated when I saw it! I found out that the grips are called elephant ears. Also I know that they were very fragile and prone to breakage. Well, one side of the grip has broken. Off long ago I assume. The rest of the pistol is in very good condition considering its age. I would like to know if anyone has one of these, and do you think it would be a good idea to have it restored?
    Thanks for any info.
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    No on the restore. Those are nice guns, leave it alone(you can shoot it though:)).
     

  3. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Depends on what you want restored. What's wrong with the gun outside the grips being broken?
     
  4. dada2d

    dada2d New Member

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    Not a thing that I can see. Other than some loss of bluing. The action is smooth, and the original mag has plenty of spring left in it.
     
  5. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    Really great gifts. Your Father in Law was good to you..enjoy them. What are the other guns? let's see some photos.
     
  6. Shoobee

    Shoobee New Member

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    I used to have a Colt Woodsman 22LR pistol.

    Great gun for a backpack trip.

    Will easily bag squirrels, grouse, quail, rabbits for dinner.

    The Ruger's have pretty much filled the niche in this calibre.

    But an old antique is fine too.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/markIIIHunter/models.html
     
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  7. dada2d

    dada2d New Member

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    Yes he was a great man!!
    I will try and get some pics up later tonight if I can figure I out! Lol
    The other guns were a late model S&W snubby .38 Airweight
    A 1917 US Eddystone 30-06 rifle
    A real nice old model ruger single six w stag grips!! Sweet..:)
    I can't belive that I actually own these now!!
     
  8. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    My Uncle and Father gave a few to me this past summer...I know the feeling :)
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Just inherited 4 from my FIL myself---
    Mine had no sons ( 4 girls) & his other SIL's are to dum to pour piss from a boot so he left them to me :)
    How bout you? :p
     
  10. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Then it doesn't sound like anything needs to be restored. Take care of it and enjoy it.
     
  11. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    When you "restore" a classic firearm what you are actually doing ir reducing its collectors valve by at least 50% and reducing the number of interested buyers in the future. Also you are forever and ever removing the guns history. Ever mark, ding, dent and rub mark was installed by your relative in the course of his life or the previous owners life. Restore it and you will just have a shiny gun and the world is full of shiny guns with no history. I have always admired working guns with caracter marks.
     
  12. Control

    Control New Member

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    Take the Match Target to a gunsmith and ask if the grip can be repaired.

    Here is a picture of a Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target.

    They are one of the most handsome pistols ever made.

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