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Old 11-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm glad someone on this site picked it up.
If the first time you saw a Sterling was in the early 90's you'll be right at home with this one because I think that is the vintage of the one you bought.
very cool.. Does this particular vintage support F1 Illustrator threaded barrels by chance?
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:46 AM   #12 (permalink)
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all sterling threaded bodies can take raptor threaded barrels if you mill 1/4 off of the shoulder of the barrel. Unmodified raptor barrels don't screw far enough in.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Trouble is finding a good Raptor barrel >_<
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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copy that.. thanks
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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ebay, has some J&J ceramics a few dye barrels and some 32degrees. A freak bored ceramic with a delrin sleeve would do you just fine. Or search the bst or post a wtb and see what you can come up with.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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ok.. got it today.. appears to be a sterling bronze. metal sheridan looking frame. everying was pretty gummed up so I spent a while cleaning things and it shoots fine. no leaks. no wire detent. no roll outs.. I tried my J&J barrel for my F1 llustrator and it seems to fit fine.. very quiet... i suspect this variant has a detent insert (1/4" looking ring in the breach)..

question: adjusting the velocity.. pls tell me about this shim thing. inquiring minds want to know. or is there another way.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Easiest thing to do IMO is put a female Palmer Stabilizer on the bottomline and adjust the velocity that way. Otherwise you have to swap springs, or put something like a washer inside where the spring is sitting to adjust it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:16 AM   #18 (permalink)
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question: adjusting the velocity.. pls tell me about this shim thing. inquiring minds want to know. or is there another way.
That is my only complaint about my Sterling, switching out springs for my velocity. On Saturday 11-10-12 I went out to my local field and played, just before I went out there I picked up a Spyder spring kit and what I did was cut the Black spring down to my Valve spring length put that in, I then used the reminder in the hammer. I have a Palmers Female Stabilizer set to 600 psi and I'm shooting around 280 fps (with properly matched paint to barrel). As for the "shims", #8 washers fits well into the hammer.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Gentlemen, surely all this shimming can be alleviated by simply purchasing a beautiful new Sterling STP? Treat yourself to that 'new gun smell' all over again as you open the box to your pristine new pump and set about dominating your local field. Say goodbye to the hardships of Paypal fees, feedback issues and email ping-pong by owning the gun that was always destined to be yours. You deserve the best, you deserve STP!
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:06 AM   #20 (permalink)
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#8 washers it is..thanks. On the hammer you say?

female stab: maybe. lets see if it is stable enough w/o first. Ive got a spare male stab I might run out the back if need be.

new gun: man, If I wanted a new gun thats what I would have bought... I wouldn't own a new gun if you paid me. sorry. half dozen evolution snipers, a few f1s & f2s, a few oldschool trracers I wish I never bought; and now a sterling to give me something to fiddle with in the cooler months.. whats not to love... vintage for the win... homage paid.

follow up question..

So is this thing more sheridan'ish or nelson'ish or in a class by itself?
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