Saturday, December 10, 2011

Colt Woodsman (90-Something%, Box, Papers, Tool, Target)

Hello Gun People,

I have recently become the owner of a Colt Woodsman Sport Model. (4.5 inch barrel)

This firearm has never been fired outside the factory (as near as I can tell), and comes with original box, papers, bore cleaning tool, hang tag, and factory target (nice group, too).

The blueing is pretty darn good, with a few small scratches. This model does not have the elephant ear grips, but it does have the crosshatching on the backstrap to indicate it can fire higher velocity .22 ammo.

If I keep this pistol around, I might shoot it, and that's definitely going to push the value down.  I think a collector who really loves the Colt Woodsman would enjoy this pistol more than I would.

Anyone have any thoughts on what this might be worth? I looked in the Blue Book of gun values, but the listing is inconclusive for a Woodsman that comes with all the extra bits as listed above.

Please leave any thoughts in the comments.

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11 comments:

Atom Smasher said...

Gorgeous.

Jay G said...

DROOL...

Jennifer said...

Wow. Just wow.
Honestly,I hope I never find anything like this. I would really want to own it, but I'd also want to shoot it. Hell, I want to shoot this just looking at the pictures

ASM826 said...

Shoot it. A gun in a collection that no one shoots anymore might as well be an antique vase in a china cabinet.

MeatAxe said...

I don't see for sure why that's a bad thing.

MeatAxe said...

I mean, if I had a rare old car, you wouldn't insist that I drive it to work every day. If I had an matchlock rifle on my wall, you wouldn't make me shoot it...

MeatAxe said...

Actually, Jay says it better than I could have: http://stuckinmassachusetts.blogspot.com/2011/12/whats-it-worth.html

libertyman said...

Well, look at it this way, will YOU get more enjoyment from it as a collector or as a shooter? Or perhaps as an investment towards something else? It is entirely up to you. It is kind of a time capsule there, and therefor a good investment, as it will, unfortunately if it is shot, diminish in value to someone else.

If you would like to shoot one, I have its twin, in nearly new condition, and I would be happy to have you shoot it to your heart's content.

Old NFO said...

Probably in the neighborhood of $2000...

DirtCrashr said...

OMG, late to the party but what a fine Christmas ornament! I don't think you can hurt it in the least by shooting .22LR - gliding metal on little lead bullets doesn't even hurt or wear out the barrel-steel.

Tam said...

I understand the dilemma.

I have a very-likely unfired 3.5" Model 27-2 for which I paid $550 in 2003. It has a faint turn ring, but the breechface is unmarked and it still has bluing in the barrel. I will probably wind up shooting it, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do so yet. One cylinder of ammunition, in that case, would set me back $200 or more...

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