This is a scarce pre-war Woodsman with a King's "barrel weight" conversion manufactured in 1940. The conversion consists of an under-barrel tube which contains two original cylindrical weights. Both are 2-3/8 inches long. One appears to be solid steel and weighs 1.6 ounces, the other has a threaded cap in one end and weighs 2.4 ounces, contents unknown. There are no markings on the parts. The frame behind the trigger is drilled for the King trigger stop, but one is not installed. Standard markings on the left side of the frame and slide, with the serial number on the front strap and the square serrated panel on the backstrap. The number 77 is stamped on the right side of the trigger guard with "P" over the "VP" triangle on the left. This extremely rare and desirable variation of a Colt Woodsman is identical to a Colt advertising photograph on the bottom of page 461 of "The Book of Colt Firearms."
Excellent, with 98% of the original blue finish, along with some edge wear, and minor handling marks. The grips are also excellent, with a few minor pressure dents and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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