The ed­i­tor gets a sneak peek at a brand-new pis­tol from Sheri­dan

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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.

Dummy car­tridge

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

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