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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - November 2014
Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target Serial Number MT3894
Owned by Marksman and Inventor Philip Judd

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 - pistol has blue finish and early factory "elephant ear" stocks with Colt medallions.  This pistol was a one gun shipment sold to P. Judd, Butte, Montana and shipped to Helena Hardware Company, Helena, Montana on April 18, 1939 as a one gun shipment.

This Colt Woodsman Match Target .22 LR pistol was owned by Philip Judd, 1901-1981, who moved from Denver, CO to Butte, Montana in 1924 with his bride, Lillian (nee Kaufman). For over 50 years he owned and operated a sporting goods store at 83 E. Park Street, Butte, MT. Phil was an avid marksman, who competed in Montana and nationally in the late 1940s through the early 1960s. In 1952, he was National Champion at Camp Perry in the 500 yard .30-06 Rifle Competition: He hit 18 of 20 shots in the 12-inch inner bullís eye, and the other two within the 20-inch outer bullís eye using iron sights. He was the 1951 Montana shooting champion, was on the Montana State Shooting team in the National Championship in 1959, and in 1962 as the Team Captain. He was a Hunter Safety Instructor for the Montana Fish & Game Department program for 23 years. In 1949, Phil invented the Barrel-Band Swivel, for which he obtained US Patent No. 2696059 in 1954 Ė the device attached to a rifle barrel easily to add a sling without having to modify the stock or barrel. He sold approximately 1 million Judd Barrel-Band Swivels over a period of 30 years.

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 - right side.

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 - butt of gun showing serial number.

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 (bottom) pictured with MT7971 fitted with target grips (top).

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 - showing underside of barrel and frame.

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 - right side showing trigger shoe.

 

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 -Top of barrel marked:

"COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT, U.S.A.
PAT. DES. 110887"

Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target .22 LR serial number MT3894 -view of adjustable rear sight.

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