Healthways Plainsman Shorty 9404
Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)
22, steel BBs, 40 shot gravity feed
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Accessories: 8 g CO2
adapter, barrel wrench (hex key)
Recommended Pellet or BB: Healthways copper-coated Steel BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in): 1.64, 7.5
metal, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled: 3.9, steel, no
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable: 5.6, no
fixed, adjustable (elevation only)
Velocity (fps): adjustable (3-settings) 300 on high setting
Sound Level (dB): 98
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates: early to late 1970s
Condition/Manual/Box: 90%, yes, yes
The Plainsman Shorty is a
terrific little all-metal plinker. Unfortunately, its use of
hard to find .22 cal steel BBs limited its popularity. This
makes the Shorty (Model 9404) a rare find compared to the more
commonly available standard Plainsman (Model 9401). Other than
the use of .22 cal ammunition, the Shorty shares the same valve,
trigger, and frame as the standard Plainsman. The "Shorty"
moniker comes from the use of a compact 3.9" barrel compared to
the standard Plainsman's 6.0" barrel. The accuracy of the Shorty
is acceptable for a BB gun with such a short barrel. The double-action trigger
has a long smooth pull with an indistinct break point. Despite
these limitations, the Shorty is a fun gun to shoot and will
really tear up a tin can at close range.
Airgun article about Healthways air pistols (pg
pg 3). With permission from the author, Trevor Adams.
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 1.
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 3.
Pyramyd Air Report on Healthways Plainsman - Part 4.
Measurements were made on
1/24/09 at a temperature of 74 ºF and 14' elevation. A ten shot
string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Healthways
copper-coated BBs (10.9 gr).
The highest velocity measured was 326 fps (high power setting), the lowest was
(average of the 10-shot string was 306 fps, s = 10). A six shot string
fired with open sights grouped at 0.89". Click the thumbnail below to see a
here for a description of the measurement methods.