Your Woodsman Match Target year of manufacture is most certainly from 1955, 56 thru very early 1957 when the Slide Stop was 2 piece post and lever. The manual/schematic from the period will also confirm my assertion which I will post for viewing. Wear in three location can and will cause a failure fot the Slide to be captured on the last shot fired. Those three locations are the Slides Capture Notch, Slide Stop Lever Capture Blade as well as the Post Mount Hole.
Replacement is an option yet many want to keep their early 3rd series examples correct and as such I have repaired many back to perfect operation without the necessity of replacement.
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Parts numbered 24 & 32
3rd Series Schematic - Parts List 001.JPG3rd Series Schematic - Parts List 002.JPG