Challenger Arms Corp The Plainsman .177 Rifle

Joined: December 13th, 2017, 4:05 pm

August 20th, 2018, 10:53 pm #1

Just wanted to share some photos of this rifle.







10 pumps through the chrony with some Hy-Score penetrating pellets. Not sure what grain they are - but they handle nicely.

It’s a great rifle - sure do wish the company had lasted longer. Would have been nice to see what they would’ve come up with next.
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Joined: July 22nd, 2011, 4:46 am

August 21st, 2018, 9:44 am #2

Thanks for the pics. It can be easy to forget what a nice gun these really are. The typical example that I've seen, the wood is all dried out and dull, no sparkle to the gun at all. Your's is about as good as it gets.   

I'll have to get around to taking pics of my prized Plainsman; a Goodenow made .28 cal shotgun...... bulk-fill CO2. Only one known to exist, the last time I asked around. One of the nice things about the PA guns, and a key way of identifying a PA gun, is a very nice walnut stock.
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Joined: February 6th, 2016, 12:38 pm

August 21st, 2018, 9:06 pm #3

You just don’t see these, that is one great example, the best I have seen.
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Joined: February 24th, 2006, 6:15 pm

August 22nd, 2018, 4:42 pm #4

That's a beauty !
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Joined: December 12th, 2008, 2:47 am

August 24th, 2018, 1:21 am #5

Very nice. Never seen the .177 before. The one I've got is a 22.
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Joined: May 9th, 2018, 1:14 am

August 25th, 2018, 7:05 pm #6

Nice looking Plainsman. Its a late transition model California manufactured Pneumatic Airgun. They dropped the Eagle Rock address just prior to Goodenow taking over manufacturing. It has the early style California hammer knob, and really nice wood for a California gun. DT Fletcher's Bulk-fill Challenger Shotgun is likely a prototype and the only one of a couple to have ever been made. Goodenow dropped the Shotgun line when they took over manufacturing the Plainsman. I suspect few if any CO2 Shotguns were ever made by Goodenow. It also appears that Goodenow also dropped the Pneumatic and .177 caliber from the the original California lineup. Goodenow basically limited their production to .22 caliber CO2 rifles and pistols.

Heres pictures of my Two Plainsman Airguns. One is a California manufactured Pneumatic shotgun and the other is a Goodenow manufactured  .22 cal CO2 model.
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CO2 22 caliber
CO2 22 caliber
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Air Shotgun Pneumatic
Air Shotgun Pneumatic
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August 26th, 2018, 6:38 pm #7

Very nice rifles! Thanks for posting these pics.
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Joined: May 9th, 2018, 1:14 am

September 15th, 2018, 4:21 pm #8

R Belmont
Can you take a look at your Plainsman .177 and see what type of screw attachment the barrel has on top of the receiver. Is it a slotted screw or a allen screw. 
By the way, the .177 must be fairly rare, my survey to the owners only produced 2 rifle examples.
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Joined: December 13th, 2017, 4:05 pm

September 15th, 2018, 9:01 pm #9



Yep, it’s definitely a tough one to find.
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