Sheridan Models

Sheridan Dating Information.

Compiled by John Groenewold, from information provided by Ray Katt, President Benjamin Sheridan and Dennis Smith, General Manager Sheridan Products, and information provided by Crosman Corporation.

BLUESTREAK or SILVERSTREAK stamped on the gun is NOT THE MODEL.   Most are Series C from different vintages but some could be Series F.   Over time these terms were used to describe any Sheridan Black gun as a Bluestreak and any Silver gun as a Silverstreak, even pistols.

Sheridan C Series (Hold Down Safety guns annual quantities of production.)

YEAR     QUANTITY

1949      401 Production started in September, 1949, Slab shaped stock, High comb, Phillips screws on forearm and soldered rear sight.

1950      5774

1951      4777

1952      4836 Shaped stock and pins in forearm.

1953      4472

1954      3363

1955      4458

1956      6536   June, 1956 first screw on rear sight.

1957      7327

1958      7967

1959      14305   Start of lower comb.

1960      9777

1961      12500   May, 1961 start of curve bolt handle.

1962      13841

1963      2215   through February 15, 1963 after that the Rocker Safety was introduced.

Total      102547

 

Sheridan Serial numbers (Rocker Safety guns)

February 16, 1963 to March 1, 1964  No serial numbers were applied.

March 1, 1964 to April 9, 1972 Serial numbers  were in the form of a letter for the month followed by the year of production in reverse, ie: C6691 would by March 1966,  B2791 would be February, 1972. The below serial numbers were applied in numerical order regardless which model was being produced.

 

YEAR   SERIAL NUMBER

 

1972      000000 - 025650   First Serial number applied April 10, 1972

1973      025651 -  060550

1974      060550 - 100780

1975      100780 - 141460

1976      141460 - 175840

1977      175840 - 211020

1978      211020 - 257460

1979      257460 - 308340

1980      308340 - 346820

1981      346821 - 381450

1982      381450 - 401050

1983      401050 - 417410

1984      417411 - 437800   431307   first gun with dull finish factory drilled for receiver sight.

1985      437801 - 460940

1986      460941 - 483764

1987      483765 - 506588

1988      506589 - 529412   494509   first gun with new style pump handle made in May, 1988

1989      529413 - 552236

1990      552237 - 575060

 

The C9 had a soldered valve and was made in Racine, Wisconsin until May, 1995. After that it became the C9A and was produced in NY and the serial numbering process follows the one used by Crosman. In June, 1997 a new trigger unit was introduced. Additional changes have taken place occasionally over time but the serial numbering process still followed the Crosman method.  The Sheridan line was marketed under the Benjamin name for a short period of time and for a while during the late 1990s then under the Benjamn/Sheridan name, then marketing switched back to the Sheridan brand.   The .20 caliber air rifle known as the Sheridan was discontinured at the end of 2019.  All .20 caliber pellets were discontinued in June of 2021.