Healthways Plainsman Shorty Model 9404


Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)

Healthways Plainsman Shorty 9404
Replica Of:
Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)
Made In:
22, steel BBs, 40 shot gravity feed
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
8 g CO
2 adapter, barrel wrench (hex key)
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Healthways copper-coated Steel BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
1.64, 7.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
metal, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
3.9, steel, no
Trigger Action:
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
5.6, no
Sights (front/rear):
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
90%, yes, yes
Serial Number:
Comments: 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.

NZ Airgun article about Healthways air pistols (pg 1, pg 2, pg 3). With permission from the author, Trevor Adams.
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 1/24/09 at a temperature of 74 F 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 295 fps (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 larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.


Right Profile: Like other Healthways Plainsman models, the Shorty comes with a 3-position power adjuster located at the base of the grip. Turning the slotted screw counter-clockwise increases the power.

Front View: The hex screw on the underside of the front of the barrel can be removed to take out the inner barrel to clear jams.

Right Side Markings:

Left Side Markings: There are no manufacturer's markings on the left side of the frame. Information about the manufacturer/make/model were originally printed on a label affixed to the backstrap. This was removed by a previous owner. The picture below shows what the label would have looked like.

Left Profile 2:

Loading BBs: Up to 40 .22 cal BBs can be loaded through the gate. The screw on the loading gate is used to adjust the elevation of the rear sight.

Loading CO2: The Shorty uses 12 g CO2 cartridges. However, it comes with an adapter so that 8 g cartridges can also be used.


Packaging: The serial number on the gun matches the number on the box. The packaging includes the original 8 g CO2 adapter and the hex key for removing the barrel. The Healthways Plainsman Shorty uses .22 cal copper-coated steel BBs. This type of ammunition is no longer in production. The Plainsman uses a magnet to hold the BB in the breech, therefore only steel BBs will work in this gun. The Healthways copper-coated BBs have an average diameter of 0.218 inches and an average weight of 10.9 grains.



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