Healthways Plainsman Model 9401 (Intermediate Model)

Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)

Healthways Plainsman 9401 (Intermediate Model)
Replica Of:
Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)
Made In:
177, steel BBs, 100 shot gravity feed
Air Source:
CO2, 8 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Daisy Avanti 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:
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
5.9, no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fixed
Velocity (fps):
Sound Level (dB): 95
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
80%, no, yes
Serial Number:
Comments: The Healthways Plainsman is a nice all-metal plinker that uses 8 gram CO2 cylinders and has a three-position power adjusting knob at the base of the grip. The screw cap piercing system, the stamped markings, and the "Pat. Pend." label identify this gun as an intermediate model Plainsman. Earlier models had a lever piercing system and later models had no frame stampings. 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 11/29/08 at a temperature of 72 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy Avanti BBs (5.5 gr). The highest velocity measured was 415 fps (hi power setting), the lowest was 405 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 410 fps). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 1.00". 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 an "H" and the word "Healthways" molded into each grip panel. The name and manufacturer are stamped in the frame along with "Pat. Pend.". This version has the words "FIRE" and "SAFE" painted on the grip panel to indicate the position of the safety lever. Other versions had this (or the words "ON" and "OFF") painted on the frame.

Loading BBs: Up to 100 steel BBs can be loaded into the hopper. A gravity feed mechanism loads a BB into firing position where it is held in place by a magnet.

Loading CO2: This model uses an 8 gram CO2 cylinder. The cylinder is loaded neck first into the grip. A threaded plug is screwed into the grip to pierce the cylinder.


Holster: This is the official Healthways leather holster for the Plainsman series of pistols.




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