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I received a Sterling Arms .22 "pocket" pistol as part of an inheritence. I believe it's a model 302 from what I've researched. I can't seem to find much at all about the company, or a manual or anything about the gun. I'd like to take it apart and clean it but have no idea how? Anything on this gun or the company would be great info, thanks!
 

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Sterling pistols seemed to be pretty good quality pieces. A friend had a stainless .380 that worked well. As far as disassembly, I would not have a clue w/o a pic or two, sorry.
 

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Stereling Arms. Made in Lockport and Gasport NY at different
times. Fairly solidguns, made from real metal. IIRC the 302 is
stainless?? Or is the 302 the blued model?

Field stripping. Going from a long ago memory here, but I
believe it goes like this:

Remove magazine, make sure gun is unloaded.
At the rear of the slide there is a round thingy that
is flush with the rear of the slide.
I don't remember if it has a "cocked indicator" hole in it or not.
Using something that won't mar the finish, push the round
thingy toward the muzzle.
With it pushed in, lift the rear of the slide up.
Release the tension on the round thing, carefully--it's
under tension from the striker spring.

Remove slide forward off of frame/barrel.

When you fire it, don't grip it too hard. You will flex the grip panel and
bind the transfer bar.

Sterling made a bunch of different stuff--I've got a 10" 44 mag
top break single shot pistol that's a Sterling. Model is Xcaliber.
 

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Cleaning 302 Sterling Arms

Be sure that the gun is not loaded, remove magazine and any cartrides from chamber. Point gun in a safe direction and pull trigger on an empty chamber. Push Disassembly Button which is located at the rear on the left hand side of the reciever just below the slide grooves. The hammer block mechanism will then pop to the rear disassembly position. Using the left hand, pull the slide to the rear and at the same time exerting an upward pressure. The slide mechanism will reach a lift-off position, at that time, allow slide to move slowly forward until it disengages the gun.

Note if gun has not been cleaned and has been left cocked firing pin spring and follower may be under pressure and may pop out of gun while removing slide.

When reassembling the gun push hammer block all the way in. Make sure that it locks in position and disassembly button pops out. Work slide action several times to be sure hammer block is locked in.

Good luck with it, I have owned mine since 1981 and watch out that your thumb does not git nicked by slide when firing, very small grips
 

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Got papers on the model 302-22 cal.

I can send copies to who ever needs the diagram and parts list.I just got the gun from a friend. He has never shot the gun hard to believe but very true.STERLING ARMS CORP.LIMITED WARRANTY AND INSTRUCTION AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR MODEL 300-25 CAL.AND MODEL 302-22 CAL.in the box.There is a breakdown diagram of the gun its very helpfull.Send me where you want me to send it to.TANK YOU.
 

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I also have a model 400 .380 semi-auto pistol. I purchased it in the early eighties and it has only see about 25 rounds go through it. I recently re-discovered it and found that it is a nice shooting pistol. I'm now trying to find some extra magazines. Any clues as to where I could find them.
 

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New here,,,reading about your sterling....I have had one for 15 years. It is the 302 .22cal....have no problem with it firing. It is a nice pocket back-up weapon.

I do have one issue, it is with the safety... seems that the safety disengages very easy....does anyone know how to add more positive pressure to the safe position?

Tom
 

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Carlos from the Keys;
I just received a Sterling Arms 22 due to a death in the family. I was just looking for breakdown information when I came across this web. I would love to have a copy of what ever you have available on this automatic.
Let me know what the cost is
 

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sterling arms 22 cal.

My father recently has givehn me a Sterling Arms 22 cal. pistol. In order to disassemble the weapon yopu must press the button on the rear of the gun in. this will pop out a piece in the back. then you can pull the slide off. Hope this helps, but if it doesn't let me know. I'm a mechanical draftsman so I can draw you a detailed diagram on the process.
 

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Stereling Arms. Made in Lockport and Gasport NY at different
times. Fairly solidguns, made from real metal. IIRC the 302 is
stainless?? Or is the 302 the blued model?

Field stripping. Going from a long ago memory here, but I
believe it goes like this:

Remove magazine, make sure gun is unloaded.
At the rear of the slide there is a round thingy that
is flush with the rear of the slide.
I don't remember if it has a "cocked indicator" hole in it or not.
Using something that won't mar the finish, push the round
thingy toward the muzzle.
With it pushed in, lift the rear of the slide up.
Release the tension on the round thing, carefully--it's
under tension from the striker spring.

Remove slide forward off of frame/barrel.

When you fire it, don't grip it too hard. You will flex the grip panel and
bind the transfer bar.

Sterling made a bunch of different stuff--I've got a 10" 44 mag
top break single shot pistol that's a Sterling. Model is Xcaliber.


Ive got one of those little 22s. You got to watch how you hold it to if you have big hands. The first time I shot it, it bit the web of my hand, I was like what the hell was that. When I shoot it I have to hold it kinda funny. definitly little hand peopls gun.
The break down above is right on the money
 

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I can send copies to who ever needs the diagram and parts list.I just got the gun from a friend. He has never shot the gun hard to believe but very true.STERLING ARMS CORP.LIMITED WARRANTY AND INSTRUCTION AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR MODEL 300-25 CAL.AND MODEL 302-22 CAL.in the box.There is a breakdown diagram of the gun its very helpfull.Send me where you want me to send it to.TANK YOU.
need pistol grips for sterling 22 long rifle and price
 

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I can send copies to who ever needs the diagram and parts list.I just got the gun from a friend. He has never shot the gun hard to believe but very true.STERLING ARMS CORP.LIMITED WARRANTY AND INSTRUCTION AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR MODEL 300-25 CAL.AND MODEL 302-22 CAL.in the box.There is a breakdown diagram of the gun its very helpfull.Send me where you want me to send it to.TANK YOU.
Hola estimado Carlos,

Que gusto encontrar un hermano latino, espero que hables español ja ja ja...

Si no es molestia quisiera que por favor me envies la información referente a la Sterling 302 .22LR, he desarmado la mía y tengo serios problemas para rearmar el trigger bar, espero que me puedas ayudar, mi correo es [email protected]

recibe un abrazo desde Perú
 

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Hola estimado Carlos,

Que gusto encontrar un hermano latino, espero que hables español ja ja ja...

Si no es molestia quisiera que por favor me envies la información referente a la Sterling 302 .22LR, he desarmado la mía y tengo serios problemas para rearmar el trigger bar, espero que me puedas ayudar, mi correo es [email protected]

recibe un abrazo desde Perú
Hello dear Carlos,

Is my pleasure to find a latin brother, I hope you speak Spanish...

If you do not mind I would like you to please send me information regarding the Sterling 302 .22 LR, I disassembled mine and I have serious problems to rearm the trigger bar, I hope you can help me my email is [email protected]

receives a hug from Peru
 

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Sterling .22LR

Hello,
I've had this gun for over 20 years and decided to start shooting it again. However I can't find any ammo that fits. Everyone says that it uses .22LR but they won't chamber. Almost as if the barrel were too small. Ive been to my local shops and Gander MTN No one lnows what the problem is. I've cleaned it etc. And I fired the last round about 5 years ago not knowing I'd need a sample.
any suggestions?
 

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Carlos,
I just found this forum, and the Sterling thread.
If you are still around, I would really appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your paperwork for the Sterling 302.
I have one that my brother purchased many years ago. It sat in a drawer for years after some parts were lost, after it was torn down for cleaning.
I recently found the parts at Numrich gun parts, and have the pistol up and running again. it's really a lot of fun, and shoots surprisingly well for what it is.
It would be really nice to have the paperwork for future reference. It will probably help me out next time I have to figure out how to put it together! LOL
If you need some payment, please let me know.
Thanks a lot!!
Jim Ritchie

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p.s. here's a pic of my 302

 
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