Healthways Plainsman Model 9401 (Late Model)


Colt Woodsman (.22 LR)
 

Info:
Manufacturer/Model:
Healthways Plainsman 9401 (Late 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:
None
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:
6.2, no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fixed
Velocity (fps):
350
Sound Level (dB): 95
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
1960-1977
Condition/Manual/Box:
80%, no, yes
Serial Number:
 0564894
 
Comments: A nice all-metal plinker in very good condition except that sometime in the past someone over tightened the grip screws and put hairline fractures on both grips. However, the grips are still whole and work fine. This gun uses 8 gram CO2 cylinders and has a three-position power adjusting knob at the base of the grip. The screw cap piercing system identifies this gun as a later 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 8/01/06 at a temperature of 85 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 313 fps (low power setting), the lowest was 289 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 302 fps). An eight shot string fired with open sights grouped at 2.16". 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 and no stampings (other than serial number) in the frame. This version has the words "FIRE" and "SAFE" painted on the frame to indicate the position of the safety lever. Other versions had this (or the words "ON" and "OFF") painted on the right grip cover.
Backstrap Markings: This label on the backstrap replaced similar information stamped in the frames of other versions.
Loading BBs:
Loading CO2:



 

Packaging: The serial number printed on the box matches the serial number stamped in the frame of the airgun. Packaging of the Plainsman in the mid to late 1970's reflected a more modern graphics approach and abandoned the Western theme popular in the 1960's.

 

 

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