New to me Sterling - some assembly required

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New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Thu May 25, 2017 6:54 pm

Just won this Sterling Arms Model 302 in stainless off Gunbroker for $105 shipped. Very pleased it comes with the magazine, 'cause they're stupidly expensive. (of course we all on the forum know that a J-22 mag can be made to work in the Sterling :) ) Not all the parts are there but the needed parts are sitting right here on my bench
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby Flowmaster » Thu May 25, 2017 8:02 pm

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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Thu May 25, 2017 9:54 pm

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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby FergusonTO35 » Fri May 26, 2017 6:30 am

Wow, very nice.
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby Stik » Sun May 28, 2017 8:35 pm

Fair warning- the safety is a pain to assemble.
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Mon May 29, 2017 6:31 am

Thanks for the heads up, Stik. Got any pointers for me? Might be the reason the guy was selling the Sterling in the first place.

The Sterling 300 & 302 design looks very "Galesi-esque" and my limited experience with little Italian pistols has been they're a real PITA to reassemble.
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby LCPfraTN » Mon May 29, 2017 7:20 pm

adam01364 wrote:Just won this Sterling Arms Model 302 in stainless off Gunbroker for $105 shipped. Very pleased it comes with the magazine, 'cause they're stupidly expensive. (of course we all on the forum know that a J-22 mag can be made to work in the Sterling :) ) Not all the parts are there but the needed parts are sitting right here on my bench
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I haven't been on the forum in a while, but I see some things never change...you're still a glutton for challenges or is that punishment! ;) Good luck with the reassembly!
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby Stik » Tue May 30, 2017 4:55 pm

I remember that when I finally got mine installed I thought that way I got it together was counter-intuitive. I can't remember much else. I think I might have blocked that memory.
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Wed May 31, 2017 5:15 am

I've read somewhere that assembly of Galesi pistols (& therefore Sterlings) can easily be done by those with three hands, each hand having six fingers. :shock:

Found this YouTube video - looks like <ahem> fun. Start watching at the 11 minute mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cB1tuk5oek
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Re: New to me Sterling - some assembly required

Postby adam01364 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:32 pm

Stik wrote:Fair warning- the safety is a pain to assemble.

Let me expand on Stik's warning: A frame build up of these small Sterlings is a major PITA to assemble.
Let's face it: the sear and sear spring, plus the push-button takedown are overly complicated, just like the Rino-Galesi that Sterling copied.
If I didn't already have a couple of Sterlings and another stripped frame to look at, it would have taken me f-o-r-e-v-e-r- to build.
But it's built.
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The downside of buying a basketcase pistol like this is that you have to build it in order to discover the problem which led to it being ripped apart in the first place. Apparently there's an issue with the trigger or trigger bar, it won't fire when it's all together. Pop off the left grip and manipulate the sear lever and it works. I'll figger it out, but not tonight.
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