High Standard Model B

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by big shrek, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Found one of these cute little rascals at the Gun Show this weekend :)

    Got lucky & found the owners manual

    This is a type II Model B, evidently...lever on right side with button on top.

    Interestingly, it says it "Shoots the new High-Speed greaseless cartridge, along with standard makes of .22 Long Rifle High Speed & low pressure ammo with lubricated bullet."

    That makes me wonder if it could handle High Velocity ammo, or should I stick to Standard Velo, like my 1913 Marlin 37 uses??

    I'm guessing that it's a 1938? or 39?, serial 54XXX, right in the middle of production.

    It does have the HS logo on the grips.

    I pretty much think it's a shooter...the blueing is a little jacked on the right side...looks like someone stored it for years & it stuck to whatever it was sitting on. Otherwise the bluing on the top & left side is dang near perfect.

    Although, I'm thinking Hard Chrome plating might make it really look nice, along with maybe adding some checkering to the front/rear of the grip handle...it's kinda slippery.

    The guy said he cleaned it before he brought it to the show...LMAO!!! I could tell there was grit in it when I worked the action there...and could see that if he thought that was cleaning, he needed to rethink the word...LOL

    After a quick breakdown (Dang, these are EASY) & cleanup, the guts look pretty good now.
    I'm going to test-fire it either mon/tue and then break it down again...maybe polish the rails/slide/feed throat a bit.

    I am getting really stoked about this one...I do love older guns, especially if they work right :D
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Would stay away from hypervelocity stuff like Stingers, YellowJackets, etc. They were not conceived of when that nice little pistol was made. They will batter the moving parts- and they don't make those anymore, do they?
     

  3. M14sRock

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    I'm probably not the only one who would like to see some pictures.......

    And High Standards rock.
     
  4. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    Check into other sites as well for advice. While I have owned a few of these I havent shot them much. I have heard of cracks developing in these when modern ammo was used, however that could have been older models not labeled for high speed ammo. As far as I know no matter what ammo you use all of them have the same chamber preasure when you are talking high speed ammo.
     
  5. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Oddly enough, High Standard still makes some replacement parts...but I'm not about to use Stingers...
    I might be crazy, but I ain't nuts ;)

    Numrich has a fair amount on hand as well, so does Brownell's...so I'll probably get replacement springs,
    a firing pin, & a few other items IF it performs well at the range.

    The guy who owned it last was using Federal Lightning...gave me a box of 'em...

    Pics tomorrow, I'm going to bed :D
     
  6. M14sRock

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    If I remember right Wolff makes springs for the HS pistols. New springs of the correct weight can make a huge difference when using modern ammo.
     
  7. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Welp, it definitely likes Remington Target Standard Velo rounds :)

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    Kinda loud, compared to some of my other .22lr pistols...but it feels GREAT!!

    I gotta go get more mags...and maybe some Walnut grips from a D/E model ;)LOL
     
  8. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    I will definitely look into that, I've got Wolf springs in my Glock 20...makes a difference, it does :D
     
  9. M14sRock

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    Let me know if you find a source for orig HS mags. I need some for H-D Military and Supermatic Citation. Triple K makes them, but their mags have always been poor performers for me in the past.

    There is (was?) a guy on GB who sells HS grips. He had a decent selection last year, when I looked.

    Great looking pistol, congrats. Very nice shape.
     
  10. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    High Standard themselves makes new mags, reportedly they also enable a LSHO feature :)
     
  11. M14sRock

    M14sRock Active Member

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    You are right. I just checked their site and you can also order a pistol built by the man himself, Bob Shea. He is a living legend in the rimfire world.

    Thanks!
     
  12. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    We try :)

    I'm more of a Marlin/Calico nut, but this old Model B has definitely raised High Standard pistols into my realm of fun :D

    Just emptied a mag last night scaring off a raccoon...I love how perfectly it functions :D
     
  13. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Just found a Nifty Chart which told me that mine was definitely a 1940 model B.
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    I LOVE research!! :D

    Now if I can just find the correct Pointer grips for it...