-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 rifles were produced in low quantities and are fairly rare today. In 2007 a Registry was begun for the purpose of collecting data for the Model A and Model B rifles. The Registry is also a showcase for these fine rifles. If you have a rifle to enter please contact me at the email address at bottom of this page.

click here to visit the Registry

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The Super-Grade and Sporter were followed by the Silver Streak and Blue Streak models which Sheridan is best known for. These models underwent several design changes during their long production run as listed in the chronology table 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. Information on Sheridan pellets and containers can be found on the following links:

Sheridan pellets part 1 by Ken Walker
Sheridan pellets part 2 by Ken Walker



Sheridan air rifle chronology

1947, March
1st production Model A Super-Grade
1948, Oct
1st production Model B Sporter
1949, July
Model C Silver Streak introduced
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






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