Sterling Arms?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by precisioniskey, May 4, 2007.

  1. precisioniskey

    precisioniskey New Member

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of the company Sterling Arms? If so, where could I find more information on them?
     
  2. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    Sterling Arms

    Hello all


    Ron L here = Seresurplus


    I believe Sterling Firearms is OUT OF BUSINESS? They used to make a small Line of Blowback Semi-auto pistols in Like small model 22LR and .25ACP,
    then they had another Model in 380, That was about all I ever saw? They were alive and well i the 80's but disapeared after about 85! I wish I couild tell ya more, but to be honest, thats all I know? I hope it helps some samll degree?




    RON

    PS: They seemed well made, I never fired any but the 25ACP it worked well with FMJ?
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member

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    Sterling arms

    I have handled a Sterling .380 stainless. It impressed me as a well made gun that was resonably accurate. Have not seen one in over 10 years.
     
  4. Cliff47

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    I have seen a Sterling Arms in .380 at a number of gun shows in my area (Western Washington), and wondered why it hasn't sold. Well, now I know.
    Thought it might have had an monstrously heavy trigger pull, or some other design defect.
     
  5. Euromutt

    Euromutt New Member

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    I don't know whether they're still around, but Sterling used to be a British arms manufacturer, based in Dagenham, Essex. Among other things, they produced the Sterling SMG and the AR-18 rifle. The actual name of the company has varied, as ownership changed hands at least once; it's been "Sterling Engineering Co. Ltd." and "Sterling Armaments Company." They may have gone under completely after the Sterling SMG was phased out of British service in 1988.
     
  6. rinaldodan

    rinaldodan New Member

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    Sterling started about 1967 in Buffalo, in 1971 joined with E&R products for more efficient manufacturing. In 1977 moved to Lockport ,NY. Good product & sales up to 1982.
    Closed in 1983 during bad econmy period, poor sales & product liability. Overall, a well made, accurate firearm,
    at least in the Model 400 MKII, a .380 semi stainless.
     
  7. BillM

    BillM New Member

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    They also made a top break single shot pistol, somewhat like a TC Contender.
    I've got one in 44 mag, nicely made gun. I've also had a couple of Sterling
    22's (mdl 300? 302? ) over the years. They were cheap little pocket guns, but
    a step up from the Bryco/Jennings/Lorcin stuff.
     
  8. matt mccormick

    matt mccormick New Member

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    sterling arms co lockport ny

    I'd like to know what you found out . I am looking to find parts for a sterling 22 lr semi auto stainless pistol . Have found out anyway of contacting the co direct ?
     
  9. BillM

    BillM New Member

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    If you are looking for parts for the small pocket 22 (model 302?) then
    here is about as good as it gets:

    http://www.e-gunparts.com/productschem.asp?chrMasterModel=2020z302

    Numrich also has a few parts for other models. Heck--some of the models
    had less that 100 units produced, so spare parts are going to be
    pretty slim.

    I've had a few of the little Sterlings, and they have one irritating
    "feature". The grip panel is thin enough that you will pinch the
    trigger bar with a tight grip. Pull trigger--nothing. Relax grip--
    bang. Slightly disconcerting.
     
  10. davynavy

    davynavy New Member

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    Sterling .25 Auto

    I have a Sterling .25 auto and wondering if anyone knew or had a manual for it. I have no idea when the last time it was fired or how to take it apart. I like to fire it at least once. Seem to be a well built gun.
     
  11. dcp1987

    dcp1987 New Member

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    is it sterling armament ltd.
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    sterling arms corp?
     
  12. flcracker

    flcracker New Member

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    If you are considering buying a Sterling take my advice and run, don't walk, in the opposite direction.

    About 30-35 years ago I bought a new Sterling .22 LR pocket size pistol to keep in my wife's car's glove box as a knockabout type pistol on camping trips that she could also use for defense if necessary. I believe I paid about $75 plus tax for it, which in today's money would probably be around $200 or more. It turned out to be the most unreliable gun of any type that I have ever bought, borrowed, or even heard about. It was extremely unreliable with every brand and type of .22LR ammo I could find, and because of that I never let my wife use it as I had planned to. After firing maybe 2 or 3 hundred rounds with at least that many malfunctions the firing pin broke, and since Sterling had gone out of business I couldn't find parts for it. Several years later I turned it in for $25 at a police dept gun buy-back event and said good-by to bad rubbish.
     
  13. AcidFlashGordon

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    Stamped on slide

    It's stamped Sterling Arms on the slide of my .380. I bought it back in 81 when I got divorced. My future ex made some "veiled" threats so I went to the local sporting goods store (this was 1981 in Costa Mesa, Kalifornia) and picked up the Sterling. I didn't have any problems with it and when I first took it to the Sheriff's range on Katella in the city of Orange, Kalifornia, the rangemaster was very helpful in getting the rear sight set up. He had to "modify" his screwdriver to get the screw out but he got it done.

    I haven't fired it in years and now that I live in Las Vegas, I think (when I find the box it's stored in) I'll check it out, reclean it and go to the range and run a few rounds through it. If it's still functional, I'll get it registered (Clark county is the only county in Nevada that requires handgun registration) and then use it as my concealed carry weapon. It's a lot smaller and lighter than my Sig Sauer P226 .40 cal.
     
  14. 8000F

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    They were a maker of cheap pocket guns, for the most part, and thankfully are out of business. I had one on my desk for years (minus the firing pin) that I used for a paperweight. You know, a paperwieght for way back when things were actually on paper & not in a computer...lol
     
  15. canebrake

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    WELCOME 8000F, glad to have you aboard. Got a little favorite marina bar in Rock Harbor at MM 97.5 ocean side. And the Lorelei at MM 82 bayside just South of Holiday Isle.



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  16. SleazyRider

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    Sterling to get rid of?

    If you'd like to get rid of your Sterling .22 through my FFL, please PM me with condition and price.
     
  17. alex64

    alex64 New Member

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    sterling firearms also known as bingham squires arms co are a philippines company.
    now known as armscor.
    through the 60s and 70s mass amounts of their model 20 , 15 shot semi auto 22lr were imported into australia for rabbit and fox hunting.
    they were a very cheap and reliable weapon and most aussie boys grew up with them.
     
  18. duvey85

    duvey85 New Member

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    Yes You can get parts..Get in touch with Numrich Arms in West Hurley NY...They have anything you want..I have the 22 stainless, and I have bought parts...Do you have any problems firing the 22 cartridge? I have a solution to the weak spring for the firing pin...
     
  19. avrontisis

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    sterling arms

    I have a side by side shotgun that has sterling arms co on the left side below the barrel base and projectile steel on the right side of the barrel.Can anyone give me any info on that gun.
     
  20. General_lee

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    I used to have a Sterling arms .25acp pocket pistol.
    It was the most unreliable piece of junk I ever pulled the trigger on.
    Literally every round would stove pipe, tweaking the feed lips on the magazine didn't help much.
    So I got rid of it a couple years ago and went without a pocket sized pistol until a month or so ago, when I bought my Keltec p32.