SN 00789

This was the personal rifle of Mr. I.R. Kraus

Bob Kraus of Racine, Wisconsin was the designer of the Sheridan Model A "Super-Grade" air rifle.
The rifle pictured here has significant historical importance as noted on the box.

Model A Super-Grade Sheridan Pneumatic Rifle. Serial #00789
This rifle was assembled from the parts upon the display board which was used at the New York NSGA Show in 1948. From 1948 to the early 1970's, some of the parts had been pilfered from the board. (Receiver,Pump lever) which were replaced by later parts. Note the double pin holes in the fore end due to the later parts set-back in the lever dog leg. This rifle was assembled by Rudy Weibel & Andrew Sabol for I.R. Kraus and is the last STANDARD Mod. A Sheridan produced at Sheridan Products Inc.
Shoots "Paton Top Shelf" very well

Notice on the box Mr. Kraus wrote "This stays as long as I". It is not known when the rifle was assembled, but when Benjamin bought out Sheridan the rifle went with Mr. Kraus.

NSGA is the National Sporting Goods Association. The Sheridan booth is pictured below with the parts display board to the far left.

Sheridan is known to have experimented with several designs of the .20 cal pellet. "Paton Top Shelf" refers to one of these designs.

comprehensive information on pellets and containers
Sheridan pellets part 1 by Ken Walker
Sheridan pellets part 2 by Ken Walker

Other unique rifles, including the scoped Super-Grade pictured in the NSGA display above, belonging to the Sheridan founders are showcased in my book; "SHERIDAN/Classic American Air Rifles", second edition.

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