-SHERIDAN-

Founded in 1945 by Mr. Ed Wackerhagen and Mr. Bob Kraus of Racine, Wisconsin,
Sheridan Products Inc. were manufacturers of the finest pneumatic rifle made in the USA

To quote Mr. Wackerhagen; "The idea started in 1945 as a sort of hobby and to give my son a better air rifle than anything then on the market. My close friend, Bob Kraus, ........................a design engineer, as well as an excellent amateur gunsmith, designed and made the first Sheridan [Model A Super-Grade] by hand. It out-performed and out-looked every air rifle by such a wide margin that everyone who saw and shot it wanted one."

The Model A Super-Grade and the Model B Sporter are the rifles which represent the original Sheridan concept as envisioned by the founders. These were followed by the Silver Streak and Blue Streak models which Sheridan is best known for.

In 2007 a Registry was begun for the purpose of collecting data for the Model A and Model B rifles. There are currently 175 A's and 42 B's in the data base. If you have a rifle to enter please contact me at the email address below.

All Sheridan pellet rifles are chambered for .20 caliber. During the development of the Model A it was determined through much testing that the .20 caliber pellet was superior in retaining velocity and delivered excellent penetration. Comprehensive information on Sheridan pellets and containers by Ken Walker is linked below.

Sheridan pellets part 1 by Ken Walker

Sheridan pellets part 2 by Ken Walker

Sheridan Carbine and the Benjamin 397C

Silver Streak / Blue Streak Repair Manual

Questions or comments? email sheridan@ujays.net



Sheridan air rifle chronology

1947, March
1st production Model A Super-Grade
1948, Oct
1st production Model B Sporter
1949, Sept
1st production Model C Silver Streak
1951, June
end Model B Sporter production; total=1051
1951/early 52
Patridge front sight introduced on Model C
1952
-Made In U.S.A.- added to right side on Model C
1952
forearm attached with roll pins on Model C
1952
Model CB Blue Streak introduced
1952, May
Williams receiver sight introduced on Model C/CB
1953, Sept
end Model A Super-Grade production; total=2130
1955
stock with crescent profile butt introduced
1956, June
rear sight attached with set screw and dimples
1959
lower comb on stock
1960
1st "Blue Streak" stamp on left side
1960
5m/m cal. stamped on left side
1960, Aug
contoured trigger guard attached with screw and rivet
1961
beaver tail forearm introduced
1961, May
curved bolt handle pinned to bolt
1961, June
rear sight attached with two set screws
1962
hand guard introduced
1963, Feb
rocker safety introduced
1964, Jan
begin inspection date stamp on left side of receiver
1964, Nov
serrated ramp front sight
1967, July
contoured trigger guard attached with two rivets
1968, March
smooth flat top receiver
1968
curved bolt handle welded to bolt
1971, April
clip-on rear sight
1971, July
left handed model introduced
1972, April
begin serial number with 000001
1972
hole in bolt handle made shallow
1975, Feb
Model F CO2 rifles introduced
1975/early 76
hole in bolt handle eliminated
1977
barrel extended over muzzle cap
1977, April
"C-Series" / "F-Series" stamp on left side
1978, Feb
round top receiver
1979, April
short ramp front sight
1979, June
"Air Hole Do Not Oil" stamp on C-Series tube
1979, Sept
double sear trigger introduced
1984, Jan
receiver drilled for Williams peep sight
1990
end of C-Series / F-Series production
1991
C9-Series / F9-Series introduced



Sheridan collecting

Part of the fun in collecting is learning more about the item which one is interested in. When my interest in Sheridan air rifles was sparked I began to gather information by visiting the various on-line airgun forums. The collector should be cautious because some of the information on forums can be misleading and incorrect so further research is recommended. This led to my purchasing of the only book on the subject at the time; 'Know Your SHERIDAN Rifles & Pistols' by Ron Elbe. The revised and updated second edition of this book is currently available.

Equipped with a good knowledge base, I began to build a collection of Blue Streak and Silver Streak rifles. While searching for these models I would seldom come across a Model A or Model B. There was not much information on the A or B but I knew they were somewhat rare and, from what I had read on the forums, parts were scarce and repair was difficult. Also, asking prices were high. It would be hard to justify having a high price "wall hanger", as some forum members described the Model A, so I was reluctant to purchase one.

Lucky for me, a friend picked up a functional Model A at an auction and brought it out to show me. Now that I was able to see one up close and handle it, the fine workmanship and aesthetics of this rifle became evident. I had read that the Model A was "the finest American pneumatic rifle ever made" and now I believed it! There were no short cuts taken in the design and build of this rifle, and it had performance to match.

As described by a fellow collector: "The Super-Grade delivers a shooting experience that rivals the best; accurate, reasonably powerful, a joy to hold and shoot. The whole experience of shooting one of these is unique and filled with a mix of nostalgia and performance. Even though it is a terrific shooter, it is also a memento, a bragging right and a source of pride to its owner; one of the crown jewels of any serious air gun collection."

I have had the opportunity to own and do repairs on many vintage pneumatic rifles and none of them have the quality or fine engineering found in the Super-Grade. Additionally, the thought of the Super-Grade or Sporter being a high price "wall hanger" has long been put to rest. I have many air rifles in the collection and the Super-Grade is my 'go to' rifle. It is the most pleasurable pneumatic to shoot and gets the job done.

The Silver Streak and Blue Streak models are also fine rifles in their own right. These models offer the collector several variations to seek out. Pellet tins, shipping boxes, literature and other items related to Sheridan also enhance any collection. Pistols, tranquilizer guns, and paintball markers are other Sheridan products that can be of interest to the collector.

As a means of gathering more knowledge, and providing collectors a place to showcase their rifles, I started the Sheridan Air Rifle Registry for the Model A and Model B in 2007. Information on all the Sheridan rifles was later added and this Sheridan web site was born.

In 2011, being urged by other collectors, I published the information that was on this web site in the first edition of my book, 'SHERIDAN / Classic American Air Rifles'. The second edition, with additional information and color photos, was published in 2014. This book is a great reference for the collector. Although the book is out of print I am considering publishing an abridged edition which focuses on just the pellet rifles. Best wishes in your collecting!




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