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Colt Woodsman Pistols

Based on firearms artisan and visionary John M. Browning's original design, the Colt Woodsman semi-automatic sporting pistol was manufactured from 1915 to 1977 in three distinct series: series one, made from 1915 to 1947, series two, produced between 1947 to 1955, and series three, which ran from 1955 until its run ended in 1977.

The Woodsman was produced in three models: Target, Sport, and Match Target. The Woodman's base Target model featured a 6-inch barrel with adjustable front and rear sights. The Sport Model, designed in 1933 for hiking and camping field use, had a 4.5-inch barrel, originally with a fixed sight and later with an adjustable sight. The Match Target Model, which debuted in 1938, featured a heavier barrel with a one piece wrap-around grip called the elephant ear.

From the model's early roots to WWII-era models and later incarnations, the widely-imitated Colt Woodsman remains a highly-sought-after plinking pistol. Colt Woodsman pistols, particularly early models, are often exciting auction finds.


Quick Facts

  • In the series of James Bond-style spoof films, Dean Martin's character Matt Helm preferred the quiet and accurate Colt Woodsman that he once used behind German lines during World War II
  • In 2007 at James D. Julia, Ernest Hemingway's Colt Woodsman Match Target pistol with checkered walnut grips sold for $10,925
  • In October 2011, a pair of engraved pre-World War II Colt Woodsman pistols sold at a James D. Julia auction for $10,350

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COLT WOODSMAN 2ND ISSUE MATCH TARGET CUSTOM
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN 2ND ISSUE MATCH TARGET CUSTOM
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,750- $2,750
$8501 Bid
STUNNING COLT WOODSMAN MATCH TARGET 3RD SERIES
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
STUNNING COLT WOODSMAN MATCH TARGET 3RD SERIES
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $3,500- $5,000
$1,7000 Bids
COLT WOODSMAN 1ST SERIES BULLSEYE MATCH TARGET
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN 1ST SERIES BULLSEYE MATCH TARGET
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,750- $2,500
$8500 Bids
Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $900
$4500 Bids
Air Force Marked Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Air Force Marked Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,600- $2,500
$1,4000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Series Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Series Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Three Colt .22 Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Colt .22 Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
COLT WOODSMAN FIRST SERIES SPORT MODEL PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN FIRST SERIES SPORT MODEL PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
COLT WOODSMAN 1ST SERIES TARGET PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN 1ST SERIES TARGET PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6000 Bids
COLT WOODSMAN 2ND SERIES MATCH TARGET PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN 2ND SERIES MATCH TARGET PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
COLT WOODSMAN 3RD SERIES MATCH TARGET PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN 3RD SERIES MATCH TARGET PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
COLT WOODSMAN 3RD SERIES SPORT MODEL PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COLT WOODSMAN 3RD SERIES SPORT MODEL PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $700- $1,000
$3500 Bids
Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $700
$4500 Bids
Colt Second Series Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Second Series Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $400- $700
$3500 Bids
Colt Second Series Woodsman Match Target Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Second Series Woodsman Match Target Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $700- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Colt Third Series Woodsman Match Target Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Third Series Woodsman Match Target Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $700- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Colt First Series Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt First Series Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $900- $1,400
$8000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Match Target Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Match Target Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Series Semi-Automatic Pistols with Boxes
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Series Semi-Automatic Pistols with Boxes
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Three Colt .22 Rimfire Semi-Automatic Target Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Colt .22 Rimfire Semi-Automatic Target Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Colt Woodsman Pistols


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