Healthways Western Plainsman
Colt 1873 Single Action Army (44 cal)
177, steel BBs, 20-shot spring loaded magazine
CO2, 8 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB: Crosman Copperhead BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
metal, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled: 6.0, steel, no
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable: 1.4 (SA), no
fixed, fixed (groove in receiver)
Velocity (fps): ?
Sound Level (dB): 101
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates: 1963
Condition/Manual/Box: 90%, no, no
This is an excellent
all-metal replica of the Colt 1873 SAA. The gun was advertised
as a revolver, but the cylinder does not rotate (BBs are loaded
from a spring follower tube). It uses the smaller 8 gram CO2
cartridge. It has an excellent SA trigger and shoots pretty hard
compared to other Colt Peacemaker replicas. The Western
Plainsman was manufactured for only a short period of time and
examples that still shoot are pretty rare.
Airgun article about Healthways air pistols (pg
pg 3). With permission from the author, Trevor Adams.
Measurements were made on
9/08/06 at a temperature of 80 ºF 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 485 fps, the lowest was
(average of the 10-shot string was 474 fps). A six shot string
fired with open sights grouped at 1.07". Click the thumbnail below to see a
here for a description of the measurement methods.