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Colt Pre-Woodsman and Woodsman First Series Model .22 LR - Pre-Woodsman 1st Series Target .22 LR 6.5" Blue, Serial Number 17570 (1919) Medium Barrel
Factory Engraved and Silver Inlaid

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - An early Model S "Pre-Woodsman" factory engraved and silver inlaid by Colt Master Engraver William H. Gough.  This pistol was shipped on December 23, 1919 to Blish, Mize, Silliman Hardware Company in Atchison, Kansas and sold to R.V. Bardon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of two guns in the shipment. Note the two factory order numbers.

Pistol has the following features:

  • early slide markings with Colt horse located to the right of the left side slide serrations

  • checkered pattern mainspring housing

  • medium barrel with the latest patent date of 1918

  • stocks were replaced at some point with later factory full checkered walnut stocks

  • smooth trigger centered in trigger guard

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - right side.

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - Right side close-up of engraving and inlay showing Gough's unique style.

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - Left side close-up of engraving and inlay showing Gough's unique style.

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - top of slide and frame showing intricate factory engraving and silver inlay.

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - Gough engraved lined background on the rear of slide and target on rear of frame. Checkered pattern mainspring housing indicating that gun is designed to fire standard velocity .22 Long Rifle ammunition.

 

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - Pencil barrel with the latest patent date of September 3, 1918.

 

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - Gough characteristic zig-zag engraved lined border on underside of frame and trigger guard.

 

Colt Automatic Target Pistol .22 LR Serial Number 17570 - Serial number 17570 stamped on front grip strap.

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