The Colt Woodsman was made for 62 years, and included a multitude of variations/options in models, sights, barrels, grips, markings, etc. Many of the variations are quite scarce and desirable, but generally known only to specialized collectors. Over 690,000 Woodsmans with variations were mfg. 1915-1977.
The original Woodsman 1st Series Match Target is a .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic pistol with a 6-5/8" heavy barrel. It is also commonly called the Bullseye Match Target. The original 1st series of Woodsman Match Target pistols were manufactured from 1938 to 1944. Production totaled around 16,000. About 4,000 Woodsman Match Target pistols were sold to the US Army and Navy during WWII. These models have elongated plastic stocks and a standard blue finish. They are marked with either "US Property" or with the ordnance wheel with the crossed cannon, as well with the initials of the government inspector.
The Huntsman model was offered in .22 Long Rifle only with fixed sights and a 4-1/2" or 6" barrel. First runs had black plastic grips and later runs had walnut grips. The Huntsman was manufactured from 1955 to 1977, with total production reaching over 100,000.
The Targetsman Model is similar to the Huntsman Model, except is has and adjustable rear sight and a thumbrest on the left grip. The Targetsman Model was only available with a 6" barrel. About 65,000 were made from 1959 to 1977.
The Woodsman Target and Sport models are part of the third series of Woodsmans pistols. The Target model was made from 1955 to 1977 with a 6-5/8� barrel. The Sport model has a 4-1/2" barrel and was introduced in 1933.