New to me Sterling - some assembly required

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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby LCPfraTN » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:17 pm

I have no doubts that you will have it functioning like a fine Swiss watch in due time! :D
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby Flowmaster » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:24 pm

I've made the poor decision to completely take down both a Bernardelli 25 and a Galesi 25. Those are two teardowns I'm never doing again. I had to talk to someone on this forum to get the Galesi back together, that was easily 5 years ago.

Speaking of entertaining basket case projects, a friend of mine once bought a Beretta 1934. The gun was missing a pin so the previous owner used a perfectly-fitting drill bit in place of the missing pin. The gun still had the full-length drill bit sticking out of the side of it.
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:57 pm

LCPfraTN wrote:I have no doubts that you will have it functioning like a fine Swiss watch in due time! :D

I hope so!

Flow, I agree, the Bernardelli .25 is nasty, been there, done it a couple of times.
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby bumthum » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:34 am

Old thread, I know, but I find Sterlings to be interesting.

I think Sterlings are among the more reliable .22 LR SNS pistols, as long as the firing pin channel is kept clean, but they are definitely not drop safe. I know someone who was shot by their own Sterling when a door rebounded from being opened and knocked it out of their hand butt first onto the concrete. Still, a very interesting little pistol. Cool project too, did you ever get it up and running?
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:28 am

Yup, I finally found a trigger bar at a reasonable price, and it is up and running.

In the meantime I picked up a Sterling Model 300 .25 ACP frame which I rebuilt a few months back.
That makes five Sterlings total: 2 Model 302s (both in stainless), and three Model 300s (all blued).

I agree with you, they are well built pistols, even if they are a PITA to reassemble.

Speaking of not being drop safe, I've found that the Model 302 .22LR will slamfire with Federal ammo, just like a Jennings J-22.

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