Sterling revolver
Sterling Revolver
Country of origin

Great Britain


Sterling Armament Company, Essex, UK

Year(s) designed


Weapon type



.357 Magnum, .38 Special


Double Action

Barrel length

50mm (2in), 100mm (4in)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity


The Sterling Revolver was manufactured by the Sterling Armament Company. It was intended to be sold to police and security forces, as well as military applications, building upon the success of the Sterling Submachine gun.

Design DevelopmentEdit

The Sterling Revolver uses the conventional revolver design of a solid frame combined with swing out cylinder. It also features a ribbed barrel and shrouded ejector rod.

The firing lock used two coil springs, one for the hammer and the second for the trigger, fine tuning allowed the springs to be tailored to their individual tasks and hence produce an extremely smooth trigger action.

The development of the Sterling Revolver was still on-going when the company went bankrupt in 1988.


The Sterling Revolver utilises the .38 Special round, but was also compatible with the .357 magnum round.


The cost of manufacture was kept down by relying upon using dyes and investment casting. Therefore the majority of the frame is made from castings.

The number of Sterling Revolvers produced is unknown, however several tens of examples were produced.


The Sterling revolver's use was intended for the police and security forces, aswell as the military. However the Sterling Revolver was not adopted by any police force (either in the UK or abroad), with the British police favouring the established revolvers of the time, such as the Smith & Wesson Model 10, Model 36 or the Browning Hi-Power pistol.

The failure of the Sterling Revolver may be seen as a contributing factor in the demise of the Sterling Armament Company in 1988.

Author and former British Army Serviceman Ian V. Hogg wrote of the Sterling Revolver:

A trigger action which is undoubtedly among the smoothest ever experienced

–Ian V. Hogg, Modern Small Arms


Modern Small Arms - Ian V. Hogg