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Sterling SMG MK 4 9mm

eagleintexas13eagleintexas13 Member Posts: 56 ✭✭
edited December 2013 in Ask the Experts
I would like to know how to tell an oridional Sterling from the Century Arms version. I have one and it has no import markings or mention of Wise Manufacturing. Help!!!

Arnold

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    dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    Check this forum,
    www.machinegunboards.com or,
    http://sterlingl2a3.com/markings-and-spares/
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The last real McCoy Sterlings. Were the MK 6's. Imported and sold in the late 80's. By members of the Kasnar family. Doing business as Cassi Inc. Out of Colorado Springs.

    If yours isn't marked in any way? Either the import/manufacturers markings have been removed. Or it was assembled from a kit with a home made receiver. More than likely, IMHO it's the latter.




    CassiImportstamp.jpg
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    eagleintexas13eagleintexas13 Member Posts: 56 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    rufe-snow
    it has marking at top of bolt - s64 8 602 163 xm9895
    magazine side of breach - WLA29-C0105
    top of magazine holder - STERLING
    SMG
    9m/m MK4(L2A3)
    NoKR42767
    left top of grip has a lever with positions of A & S
    Right side of grip has markings around screw and above it
    The is nothing else on it.

    Arnold
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by eagleintexas13
    rufe-snow
    it has marking at top of bolt - s64 8 602 163 xm9895
    magazine side of breach - WLA29-C0105
    top of magazine holder - STERLING
    SMG
    9m/m MK4(L2A3)
    NoKR42767
    left top of grip has a lever with positions of A & S
    Right side of grip has markings around screw and above it
    The is nothing else on it.



    Arnold









    If it looks like this, hopefully its one of the Century Arms guns. Built with a U.S. made semi-auto receivers. They scavenged all the parts they could, off the original selective fire Sterlings.

    If it aint one of the Century guns? You might be in deep dodo. Looking at 20 years in the slammer, with sugar bugger bubba as a roomie.







    Century-Arms-International-Wise-Lite-Arms-Sterling-Sporter-mag-well-courtesy-Joe-Grine-for-The-Truth-About-Guns.jpg
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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,456 ******
    edited November -1
    L2A3 is the Sterling commercial designation for their series of so called "Police Carbines", which were modified to semi automatic and came in various configurations to suit the needs of their buyers. This included SMG length barrels as well as some with extra long barrels (over 16 inches) for nations which prohibited carbines with barrels below 18 inches (Canada being one). Back before the 1989 Bush Ban the FOB London dealer price per unit was 256 Pounds.
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    eagleintexas13eagleintexas13 Member Posts: 56 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks guys, I believe, and hope, Mark has it nailed. I would not want to meet "sugar buggar bubba" anytime soon. Mine does have a 16 3/4" barrel. I am just suprised there are no Century or Wise designations on it.
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