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My grandfather passed away at a ripe age of 99. I now have in my possession 2 guns - one is an old S&W .22 revolver (more on that later), and the other is a pristine condition Sterling Arms Model 400 Mark II .380 D/A pistol. It is still in it's original box. With the gun is a box of pretty old Hornady ammo with only 5 rounds missing. Personally I don't think the gun it's ever been shot or at most, just those 5 rounds. There isn't a scratch or blemish on it. I can't find the owners manual but it isn't like my grandpa to get rid of it. It's probably locked away and will be found later. I'll post a picture soon.

Question: Sterling Arms went out of business from what I read. Does anyone know the history on that. I'm not sure I'm even going to fire the gun but might just leave it as it. Sure is good looking with 100% stainless steel and walnut grips. Were they known to built good, fair, or poor guns? Thanks.
 

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From what I have read online, Sterling Arms didn't manufacture 'high' quality arms. The Mark II is a Walther PPK clone - owners on the websites state that they have had extreme difficulty disassembling the gun. Supposedly you can buy a reproduction of the owner's manual on eBay and GunBroker, along with other sites, for around $5. If it has sentimental value, I would keep it and not use it.
 
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