Sterling Armanent Company Limited - Archives

Object Title

Sterling Armanent Company Limited - Archives

Sterling Armanent Company Limited - Archives





Scope and Content


1) Notebook entitled 'Small Arms Division, Sales Order Register, Nos. 740-1326' and dated 1 May 1064 to 9 Decmber 1970. Includes details of Customer, Destination, Order No., Date, Sales Order No., Date, Details, Delivery Date, Despatch Date, Balance Outstanding, and Remarks,

2) Notepad entitled 'Sterling Order Book'. Contains brief detals of Date, Customer and Invoice No.,

3) Notebook entitled 'Sterling Armalite AR.180 5.56mm Nos. 15001-21084' and 'Book No. 1'. Contains details of Production Date, Serial No., Depatch Date and Customer,

4) Firearms register, 1952,

5) Firearms register, 1955,

6) Firearms register, 1955 (continuation of Part III of previous register),

7) Firearms register, 1960,

8) Firearms register, 1976,

9) Firearms register, 1976. Labelled on the front cover 'Armalite Gun Register No. 1',

10) Ammunition register containing a list of 9mm, 9mm Parabellum and .380 ammunition supplied for test purposes, 1952 to 1969. Includes a list of police carbines manufactured from 1955 to 1968, and a list of serial numbers from nos. 1 (1955) to no. 928 (1971)


10 volumes

Access Conditions

Open access

Administrative / Biographical History

The Sterling Armaments Company was based at Dagenham and was famous for manufacturing the L2A3 (the 'Sterling submachine gun'), AR18 and SAR-87 assault rifles and parts of Jaguar cars. The company went into receivership on the 8 January 1985