Sterling .22LR Mouse gun


May 23, 2003, 03:24 AM
I was browsing the local pawn shops, and found an interesting lil gun for $65. All i could gather was that it was a .22LR semi-auto, had a fixed barrel, and was (maybe) a Sterling least that's what it said on the barrel: "Sterling .22 Long Rifle".

What do you guys think? Does this sound familiar at all? Is that a brand...and is it any good? This would be JUST a plinker...another gun to put my bricks of .22 through. For the price, should I be wary of it, or feel free to spend my money? Thanks!

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May 23, 2003, 03:36 AM
I assume you speak of this:

Made by sterling arms corporation out of Buffalo NY....As far as I know, there is a reason it is 65 bucks. I dont think they have a very good track record, and finding parts for it would be nearly impossible.

May 23, 2003, 06:57 AM
I have one in Stainless just like that. I paid $50 for it at a gun show. Pretty cool little pistol. Fun to shoot and so far it has been problem free. Parts are available through Numrich (

Mags are available through Numrich too but I have bought 2 on E-Bay for one-third the price. I also won a set of really cool white Sterling Arms grips on E-bay for $0.95. The shipping was $4.00 though.


May 23, 2003, 11:47 AM
yup, that's the one!

where can i find information on this? i've googled for info, but all I get are for sale ads, price listings, and unrelated things. does the manufacturer even have a website? are they still in business?

Mesa: how hard is it to take down/field strip to clean it? do you have any tips or tricks for it?

Invisible Swordsman
May 23, 2003, 03:43 PM
I had one in stainless back in the 80's, when they were manufactured. I was hoping it would be a good back pocket gun. While fit and finish looked pretty good, I could never go through a magazine without a jam (fail to feed). I didn't keep it.

May 23, 2003, 05:05 PM
This was my first handgun. I bought it in 197something. It is, without a doubt, the most unreliable pistol I have ever owned.

Oleg Volk
May 23, 2003, 06:37 PM
Had one briefly (didn't buy it) and it was neither accurate nor reliable.

May 23, 2003, 08:32 PM i ever glad I didn't waste my money on that then! however, i found a intertec 9mm at another pawn shop for $200. that looks like a fun gun :)

May 24, 2003, 01:40 AM
I dont know about the Sterling 25acp. But, I do know that Unless the Tec 9 is a pre ban its not worth $200.
$150 maybe but not $200.;)

May 25, 2003, 08:16 PM
Best little pocket pistol I ever had. Needs some polishing on the feedramp to feed cheep stuff. Good value. Shot about 5000rnds thru mine.

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