During the resurgence of stock class in the early to mid 90s, G&H Sterling / Proline released a few bodies that were configured for loading 10 round tubes. I would place the year on these as 1994-96.
In January of 2014, Dale “Sugarstump” Price posted one of these stock class Sterlings up for sale on mcarterbrown. Dale writes:
“Super rare factory made G&H Sterling Stock Class (marketed under the Pro-Line name in the US). This is only one of two ever made by the factory. Pretty much no one even knows this exists. I received this from G&H back in the day and it has NEVER been fired. As soon as I got it it went on the display wall, and there it’s sat ever since.”
Dale goes on to describe the feedneck configuration that these Sterlings came with:
“They made this with an odd style magazine tube on the feed neck (see pics). The bucket changer did not come with this gun, I added it later to balance it’s looks while displayed (bucket changer is included). I always thought a 3.5 oz co2 tank looked the best on it myself. Like I said, it’s never been used. there are some tiny marks on it just from years of being on display, fyi.”
Find Dale’s Sterling (which still hasn’t sold but is still available) on mcb at:
Dale’s stock class Sterling looked similar to another I came across ten or so years back, but there are slightly differences.
Back in 2005, Fernando Castillo, who worked at Carter Machine in the early to mid 1990s, sold a few of his paintguns on mcarterbrown.com. I’ve posted photos of several paintguns that I picked up from Fernando including a Carter Machine milled early SterIing, a Vindicator that’s actually for sale on the site, and a nice early Buzzard.
But one of Castillo’s paintguns I purchased I forgot about until I saw Dale’s photos. This was a Stock Class Sterling body, very similar to Dales, that came with Fernando’s Carter milled Sterling. I wasn’t sure if this was a factory direct feed body, or a sterling that Fernando pulled the feed out of and added a stock feed onto. But looking at Dale’s example, the feed neck welds are very similar.
The main difference between Dale’s factory stock class Sterling and Fernando’s body was that Dale’s can be set up for rock back (Sheridan style) or rock forward (Nelson style) and Fernando’s was rock forward only. Fernando had also cut a powerfeed hole straight through the feedneck that shows the balls and used an automag or spyder plug instead of Dale’s stock aluminum plug.
I sent these photos to Dale on April 29th, 2015, asking what he though.
“I like what Fernando did to his to make it more usable. I’m glad now I didn’t do that though. I haven’t heard Fernando’s name in YEARS. Last time I saw him was playing with him at Lions Den in Temecula.”
Aside from Fernando’s drilled feed view hole and ball detent, I hadn’t noticed any other modifications on this body, but after rereading Dale’s comment I started thinking a little more about it. I don’t have this Sterling in front of me, so I can’t verify it for another several months, but I think Dale (if he even meant it) is right. I think the front portion of the feed is sliced off, converting this body from a rock back/rock forward to a rock forward only body.
I also asked Dale what set up the other stock class Sterling he saw had? Dale writes:
“The other one I saw was like mine, the rock back and forth version. I got mine from Gino when he had [National Paintball Supply] in Jersey.”
I’m not totally sure on the company names that Dave Galsworthy sold the Sterlings under throughout the 1990s and the progression between the different company names but I’ve included a business card for Florida Bushmaster Captain, Gary Harris, which dates from probably the early to mid 1990s as well as a G&H Stering patch. Harris was the importer for Sterlings for a while but I’m not sure when he stopped.
These two pieces of memorabilia came with a busted Sterling I bought a couple years back.
Find that article at:
Thanks as always to Dale “Sugarstump” Price for letting me repost his photos.
Find Dale’s youtube channel with TONS of great classic paintball footage at: