Healthways Plainsman Model 9401 (Early Model)

 


Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)
 

Info:
Manufacturer/Model:
Healthways Plainsman 9401 (Early Model)
Replica Of:
Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)
Made In:
USA
Caliber/Ammunition/Feed:
177, steel BBs, 100 shot gravity feed
Air Source:
CO2, 8 g Powerlet
Accessories:
Extra piercing cap seals

Recommended Pellet or BB:
Crosman Copperhead BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
1.7, 9.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
metal, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
6.0, steel, no
Trigger Action:
DA
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
5.3, no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fixed
Velocity (fps):
350
Sound Level (dB): 94
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
1960-1977
Condition/Manual/Box:
85%, yes, yes
Serial Number:
 0129176
 
Comments: A nice all-metal plinker in very good condition. This gun uses 8 gram CO2 cylinders and has a three-position power adjusting knob at the base of the grip. The lever piercing cap identifies this gun as an early model Plainsman. Healthways was purchased by Marksman in 1983 and continued to manufacture the Plainsman until 1987 under the Marksman name.

NZ Airgun article about Healthways air pistols (pg 1, pg 2, pg 3). With permission from the author, Trevor Adams.
Stoeger 1962 Catalog Ad (notice reference to self-protection).
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 1.
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 2.
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 3.
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 4.

Performance: Measurements were made on 2/04/07 at a temperature of 63 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Crosman Copperhead BBs (5.1 gr). The highest velocity measured was 379 fps (hi power setting), the lowest was 344 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 358 fps). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 1.39". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.


 

Right Profile: The 3-way power adjustment screw is visible just behind the CO2 loading port at the base of the grip (low power = screw turned all the way to the right, hi power = screw turned all the way to the left).

 

Front View:
Right Side Markings:
Left Side Markings: Over the 17 year life span of the Healthways Plainsman, the grip design and stamped markings were changed numerous times. This model has a P molded into each grip panel and the model number and manufacturer stamped in the frame. The words "ON" and "OFF", to indicate the position of the safety lever, are painted on the right grip panel. Other versions had these words (or "FIRE" and "SAFE") painted on the frame.
Loading BBs: The BB hopper holds up to 100 steel BBs. The instructions recommend copper-coated steel BBs.
Loading CO2: The 8 g CO2 cylinder is inserted neck down and the piercing cap is screwed in tight. The lever is then pulled to the opposite side to pierce the cylinder and then pushed back. When piercing the cylinder, the instructions call for disengaging the safety and pulling the trigger 1/2-way back to avoid gas leaking through the valve.
Packaging: Packaging includes the box, owner's manual, warranty card, hang tag, used CO2 cylinder, and two packages containing piercing cap seals. The advertising graphics reflected a Western theme that was popular in the 1960's.

 

 

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