Driving Home From My Parents’…

I apparently made one too many stops. It’s not a long trip, just over 200 miles, but there are a few tempting places to stop along the way.

At the Big Box Outdoor Store, there were several very tempting guns, but they were seriously overpriced (probably by at least 1/3, from what I could figure), even if old Colts and S&Ws do make me drool. I kept my hands (and my wallet) in my pocket and kept on driving.

Then I made the “mistake” of stopping at the main branch of our Local Gun Store. Their used gun case is a toss-up. Some days, it’s nothing but Glocks; other days, a real gem is hiding with its snout poking out just far enough to be seen between all of the others.

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This one was hiding almost all the way back on the bottom shelf, but it stuck out just far enough to be noticed. A little beat-up; a little dirty; a lot old…but what a beauty to find tucked under there!

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It’s a first series Colt Woodsman, with a SN that dates it to around 1921, from the best I can figure. Definitely needs a good cleaning, but I’ve found instructions for how to dismantle it and get it back together successfully. I’ll also need to start hunting for more magazines (yes, I know…might as well wish for unicorn farts!). But I’m really looking forward to seeing this in action!

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11 thoughts on “Driving Home From My Parents’…

  1. oldnfo

    You know you’re going to make Stretch jealous… 🙂

  2. Great find and good luck getting it up and running. I may just be an ol truck driver but I believe you can find the magazine you are looking for, with, or without unicorns.

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  4. Very nice. Some people have all the gun shopping luck.

  5. That green glow from the south west is my jealousy.

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  7. Get a spring set, too. It wasn’t till sometime in the 1930s that the Woodsmans had springs rated for what we would call modern ammo. And even then, those springs are 90+ years old.

  8. Todd

    I have the same gun in my case, took it to the range a couple a weeks ago. Where did you find the manual for it?

    • Online, of course. I really have no hope of finding an actual paper manual, but the best instructions I found were at Bob Rayburn’s Colt Woodsman page. There’s a wealth of information there, but the specific instructions are at:


      • Todd

        Thank you sir. I didn’t know what I had. Just found out today by your blog. First edition, made between 1915 and 1916, it doesn’t have markings on the slide so I was unsure. Thank you for help.

  9. Very welcome, and I’m glad you found this helpful!

    If you’re looking for more information about Colts or about firearms in general, most of the other commenters here are also very well versed and have their own blogs, too.

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