Third Series

In 1955, Colt again re-designed the Woodsman line. Most obvious change was location of magazine release, which was again placed at heel of butt, just like First Series guns. Other changes made over time in markings, grips, sights and trigger. Sport, Target and Match Target models continued. Challenger was replaced by very similar Huntsman, with 4.5" or 6" barrel. In 1959, Targetsman was added to line. Targetsman differs from Huntsman only in having an adjustable rear sight and thumbrest on left grip panel. Available with 6" barrel only. All Third Series models had black plastic grips until 1960 and checkered walnut grips thereafter. Huntsman has no thumbrest on grips. All other Third Series models have a thumbrest on left grip panel.&break;&break;It is difficult to impossible to determine how many of each model was produced in Third Series, due to a very complex serial numbering scheme. Approximately 1000 Third Series Sport, Target and Match Target Models were numbered at the end of Second Series serial number range, from 146138-S to 147138-S. Numbers were then restarted at 160001-S, so there are no post-WWII Woodsmans with numbers in 148xxx-S to 159xxx-S range. Challenger serial numbers, meantime, had reached approximately 77143-C prior to Challenger being replaced by Huntsman (note C suffix, for Challenger). Huntsman initially continued in Challenger serial number series, although numbers skipped forward to 90000-C before re-starting. Targetsman, when added to the line early in 1959, joined Huntsman in using -C suffix serial numbers, which were by then up to 129300-C. Then in 1969, when Woodsman serial numbers had reached 241811-S and -C numbers had reached 194040-C, Colt decided to integrate the serial numbers for all versions of Woodsman, Huntsman and Targetsman and re-start numbering again. This time they started with 001001S. That worked fine until numbers reached 099999S and rolled over to 100000S. Numbers used in 1951-52 were then being inadvertently duplicated, with one small exception: earlier guns had -S suffix while later ones had only an S (no hyphen before the S). Apparently that was not enough of a distinction to satisfy federal regulations, so when Colt discovered the error after approximately 1,330 had already been numbered, the existing "double headers" were hand stamped with an S prefix, in addition to S suffix, in order to salvage them. Serial numbers were then re-started yet again, this time at 300000S, and continued to 317736S, when production ended.

Woodsman Target 6" barrel


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Woodsman Sport 4.5" barrel


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Woodsman Match Target 6" barrel


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Woodsman Match Target 4.5" barrel


Added to line in 1950.
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Huntsman 6" or 4.5" barrel


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Targetsman 6" barrel


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Colt Junior Pocket Model


This diminutive unit is only 4.5" long overall; weight 12 oz. Colt did not manufacture this pistol, but rather had it made for them by Astra in Spain. Introduced in 1958. Chambered for .25 ACP. One year later .22 Short version appeared. Both had external hammers and detachable 6-round magazines. Passage of 1968 Gun Control Act, made import of a weapon this size illegal, so Colt discontinued its relationship with Astra. Pistol was re-introduced in 1970 as an American-made product and produced for two more years. Production ceased in 1972. Astra also made this pistol and called it the Cub. NOTE: Add 25 percent for .22 Short.
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Cadet / Colt .22


Introduced in 1994, this .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol offered with 4.5" barrel and stainless steel finish. Model was renamed Colt .22 in 1995. Sights are fixed and magazine capacity 11 rounds. Overall length 8.625". Weight about 33 oz.
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Colt .22 Target


Introduced in 1995. Features 6" bull barrel, removable front sight and adjustable rear sight. Black composite monogrip stock. Stainless steel finish. Weight 40.5 oz.
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