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    Value of 2nd Series Woodsman Match Target

    I am looking at a Colt Woodsman Match Target 6" that is probably either unfired or fired very little. It still has the grease on it. The serial number is 129379-S. The seller thinks that the grips are 'crotch walnut'. Per the online Woodsman guide, the grips are either Coltwood or injection molded. The gun was probably made in 1953...per my research.

    The seller has a value of 1500. Is that high? Probably not low. There is no box or docs with this gun. It seems pretty mint.

    The gunbroker prices on these are all over the map. I have a C&R, so I can get them easily if I find a good one. I have a 4 1/2" on the way that I paid less that 850 for, and it seems to be in very good condition.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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    Rick

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    Cool

    Don't know if this will help; I had an early 3rd model target match in very excellent condition about 12 years ago. Paid a lot for it, shot it for about 5 years, sold it for considerably more than I gave for it.

    In times like these, accurate estimate of market value is difficult.

    Historically, I've never lost money on any Colt regardless of market conditions. Timing of purchase and eventual selling is as crucial a factor as condition IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8smiles View Post
    I am looking at a Colt Woodsman Match Target 6" that is probably either unfired or fired very little. It still has the grease on it. The serial number is 129379-S. The seller thinks that the grips are 'crotch walnut'. Per the online Woodsman guide, the grips are either Coltwood or injection molded. The gun was probably made in 1953...per my research.

    The seller has a value of 1500. Is that high? Probably not low. There is no box or docs with this gun. It seems pretty mint.

    The gunbroker prices on these are all over the map. I have a C&R, so I can get them easily if I find a good one. I have a 4 1/2" on the way that I paid less that 850 for, and it seems to be in very good condition.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Rick
    With that serial number the grips would almost certainly be injection molded brown plastic, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to "crotch walnut."

    Have you seen the gun, or seen photos? Can you post photos or point to them? Without box or docs $1500 is high, unless it is flat new and has a set of $500 custom grips on it.

    FWIW, the short barrel MT in high condition will bring two or three hundred dollars more than an equivalent condition long barrel version.

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    I believe the 2nd series woodsman pistols are
    worth more than the later 3rd series as a rule.

    I have both a 4 1/2 inch Match Target in 98%
    and a 4 1/2 inch sport model in 99% condition.

    The Match Target I believe I paid $600.00 and
    the sport model was $475.00; both were
    made in the early 1950's.

    These beautiful Woodsman pistols will only
    go up in value. Colt no longer makes the
    Woodsman pistols; In fact Colt no longer
    makes any .22 pistol or revolver and probably
    never will again.
    alster

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    Grips should be Colt plastic, not wood. In this condition without box , target, papers about $900-1300 in my neck of the woods. Purchased one like yours this summer for $900 and thought I did well as did the old owner.
    Ted


 

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