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Pistol - Colt Woodsman, 1927 Object Reg. No: ST 037949

Colt Woodsman semi-automatic pistol, Cal. .22 in. With holster.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut. Serial number 53726, 1927.

One of a pair owned by Dr W. D. Walker, BSc, MBBS, ARPS, FRGS, and carried during his journeys in central Australia, 1927-1928.

Dr W. D. Walker and Mrs Walker left Adelaide, South Australia in July 1927 and travelled for 18 months through central Australia to Darwin, then back through central Australia and western Queensland and New South Wales to Sydney. This appears to have been a private tourist trip, during which Dr Walker, a keen British amateur photographer, took thousands of photographs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert (Bob) Edwards, 1990
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: pistols american, pistols automatic
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Serial number on FRONT GRIP FRAME.
Model Name/Number: Colt Woodsman
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1927
Past Owner: Dr W. Walker, Australia, 1927-1928


janine bolivar Posted on 10 Jan 2010 5:49 AM
I have a colt woodsman 22 longrifle pistol. the last pat. date is Sept. 13, 1918. the number on the grip is 82896. can you give me anymore info on the gun? Maybe what it might be worth? Thank You Sincerley, Janine Bolivar
janine bolivar Posted on 10 Jan 2010 5:51 AM
p.s. the first pat. no. is Dec. 22, 1903 if that helps any
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Jan 2010 2:43 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, thanks for your enquiry. We've referred this to one of our History & Technology staff for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information.
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Jan 2010 10:13 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Janine. Unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. For a list of valuers approved by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, see their website at http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp
For information about your specific pistol, the valuer should be able to give you specific information. You could also look for the book by R.L. Wilson, Colt, and American Legend (1985), which is a font of information!
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Jan 2010 11:34 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi again Janine! We did get a little more information from our collection manager regarding your type of Colt. The Woodsman is actually a long barrelled target pistol, rather than a rifle. It was first produced in 1915 and production ran through until the mid 1970s. There were several variants over this period and, without knowing more about the pistol, it's a little hard to say which one this enquirer has. If it was the standard, original Woodsman, with this s/no. you would have a gun that was produced in 1931. The above-mentioned book says that in 1931 the serial number starts at 77,500; 1932 begins with 84,000.
Ian Posted on 25 Feb 2010 3:58 PM
Janine, Your pistol was made between January 1931 and January 1932. Two versions were made, the target and sport models. The value depends on several factors. The bluing on the metal. Condition of the grips. Inside barrel conditon. Box with or without instructions. (Also since I don't know Austrailian law about exporting this collector piece). The ability to export is to a U.S. or other oversea's buyer. Here is a link to some versions of your pistol. http://www.colt22.com/louiekittsguns/html/index.html
If this has been of some help let me know.

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