The Sterling: Designed in 1942. Perfected in 2011. Okay, that’s a bit much… and it’s cheesy as hell. However during test firing today at Ballistic Testing Zone One, the Sterling didn’t have a single malfunction of any kind. The gun ran flawlessly.
It’s a very soft shooting gun, with almost no recoil. The action is a straight up Blow Back type, so the cases came out dirty, as is the bolt… but remarkably the ejection was very consistent, and only threw the brass a few feet. Even during a full mag dump, the gun remained consistent and composed. Also, it didn’t even get really hot, something that some people were fearful about. Don’t worry about that.
I can’t speak of the accuracy, because I didn’t put it on paper. I was just blasting in the directions of some Cow Pies that were laying scattered around BTZ1. The rear sight has two apertures, one for 100 meters, the other for 200. I tried both, just for fun, and I think I’m going to keep it on 200. Mine seems to be shooting low, which is fine. Low hits can be adjusted. I need to put this gun on paper, and I will later.
To contrast this from the previous Sterling I fired, it’s almost like a completely different gun. It’s reliable, which is something the other Sterling was not. It’s smooth, which is different too. Both guns were soft shooting, which is why I liked them, but this one is now closer to a Beretta 12 than the Sterling I had fired before.