Daisy Powerline 144 (8" Chrome)



 



Smith & Wesson Model 29 (44 magnum)
 

Info:
Manufacturer/Model:
Daisy, Powerline 144 (8" Chrome)
Replica Of:
Smith & Wesson Model 29 (44 cal)
Made In:
USA
Caliber/Ammunition/Feed:
177, lead pellet, 6-shot revolver
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Accessories:
extra 6-shot magazines, barrel changing tool
Recommended Pellet or BB:
RWS Meisterkugeln Pistol & Rifle (7.8 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
2.5, 13.5

Body Material/Finish/Grips:
metal, chrome, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
8.0, steel, yes
Trigger Action:
DA, SA
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
8.9 (DA), 5.7 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fully adjustable
Velocity (fps):
400
Sound Level (dB): 101
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): 0.441
Manufactured Dates:
1989 - 90
Condition/Manual/Box: 90%, yes (copy), no
Serial Number:
 0C00129
 
Comments: The Daisy Powerline 144 is an 8" chrome-plated version of the Model 44. Daisy manufactured the Model 44 from 1987 to 2001, but made the Model 144 only between 1989 and 1990. This is a nice all metal replica of the Smith & Wesson Model 29. It has a swing-out cylinder for loading pellets. The accuracy of this gun is very good, putting 6 shots in an area the size of a dime. It's too bad Daisy didn't increase the capacity of the magazine since there is plenty of room for at least 10 pellets. The trigger is a little heavy in DA mode, but the SA mode has a crisp break at 5.7 lb. The Model 44 and 144 are the only CO2 revolvers ever produced by Daisy and, in my opinion, are the best replica handguns the company ever made.

Performance: Measurements were made on 9/22/06 at a temperature of 78 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using RWS Meisterkugeln Pistol & Rifle pellets (7.8 gr). The highest velocity measured was 464 fps, the lowest was 395 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 432 fps). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.45". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.



 


 
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Left Side Markings: This gun was marketed as the Powerline 144 but is stamped Powerline 44. This is consistent with other models from Daisy that differed only in the style of finish.

 
Loading Pellets: Pellets are loaded into the plastic magazines nose first. The skirt should be slightly below the surface of the cylinder. The cylinder is then placed on the spindle that swings back up and locks in the receiver. Even with these precautions, there is still a tendency of pellets to sometimes jam between the cylinder and the barrel.

 
Loading CO2:

 

 

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