The editor gets a sneak peek at a brand-new pistol from Sheridan
Phill Price enjoys a preview of the brand- new, all- metal plinking pistol from the US via ASI
Irecently took a phone call from the sales manager at ASI Guns about a new CO2 Sheridan pistol that will soon hit these shores. He had his hands on the only prototype sample and said that I could have it for a couple of days, but then he had to have it back. That was too good an opportunity to miss, so I said ‘yes please’. What you see in the pictures is 95% how the final production guns will be, so it’s close enough to be representative of what you’ll buy.
The layout follows the well-proven pattern with the 12 gramme CO2 capsule housed inside the grips. This hides the power source perfectly, allowing the pistol to follow the lines of a classic western Peacemaker. It’s single-action only, which means you have to cock the hammer with your thumb for each shot. This also rotates the six-shot cylinder to align the next dummy cartridge with the gas that propels the pellets.
It uses dummy cartridges that allow you to load and unload the revolver cylinder through a swinging ‘gate’ on the right side of the frame. Revolvers from this period had their cylinders fixed, rather than the later designs in which the cylinder swung out to the side for quicker and easier loading. There are different cartridges for 4.5mm BBs and .177 pellets, although to the eye they appeared the same. Only some fine head stampings separated them. Both types of ammo are inserted into the base of the cartridge and held by a soft material that grips the pellet or BB and aids in gas sealing.
The looks are pure Hollywood, with bright polished chrome on the metal work and ivory- coloured grips. As mentioned earlier, some things about this revolver might yet change including the markings on the frame. There are some very nice touches such as the short Allen key that’s stored inside the grip that you use to load the CO2 capsule. Using a large grub screw for this job makes for a much cleaner installation than the toggle type. Another discreet feature is the sliding safety that’s in the frame in front of the trigger guard. It’s so neat that you barely notice it.
This is a plinking gun, pure and simple. The sights are rudimentary at best, so accurate shooting is naturally limited, but on the pistol range at my club I was soon clanging all kinds of fun targets with lead pellets. Our club, like many others, forbids steel BBs because of their rebound danger, so I filled the prototype with lead wadcutters and just had fun.
When it gets to your local gun shop you should expect to pay around £140 or thereabouts, which looks like good value for money for such a distinctive and enjoyable piece of history.
Hollywood good looks all the way Above: Correct posture and technique are more important than the number of shots you fire