February 8, 2010, 03:56 PM
I have these two pistols and would like to know a little about them...practical uses and history maybe?
I figures someone here would like to teach me some things.
High Standard Supermatic Citation Model 106 Military
Colt Automatic Calibre .25
February 8, 2010, 04:23 PM
What I know about your High Standard is that the grip on the "military" models were reconfigured to conform to the grip angles and feel of the 1911 pistol being used in Bullseye matches; the idea apparently being to minimize the transition in terms of handling and feel from when shooting the .22 rimfire class pistols to going to the .45 centerfire class, where most people were shooting the 1911 pistol.
This design was introduced in 1965 and continued through most of 1968. Like most High Standard pistols made during this era, the Model 106 Supermatic Citation Military Model was a very well-made and finished pistol, designed to compete with the best target pistols on the market at the time and used chiefly in Bullseye meets. It is a very desirable pistol to collectors and to the few but discriminating shooters who still use the pistol in Bullseye matches.
Sorry, someone else will have to help out re your Colt.
February 8, 2010, 04:30 PM
I was told by an older gentleman at the range that its the only american made pistol to win at the olympics, is this true?
February 8, 2010, 04:31 PM
Also is the rear site original?
It doesn't look like it came on the pistol.
February 8, 2010, 04:34 PM
The Colt is a model 1908 "Vest Pocket" hammerless.
.25 Caliber, single action pistol with a thumb and grip safety.
That one was made around 1915
February 8, 2010, 09:31 PM
The rear sight looks original.
HS used this "bridge" type rear sight on the top end pistols since the sights would be undisturbed by the slide like it would if the sight was mounted directly on the slide.
The Supermatic Citation is still being made by the current High Standard.
The only American made .22 to win at the Olympics was the High Standard Olympic Rapid Fire in .22 Short.
"Back in the day" the top American .22 target pistols were the Colt Woodsman types, the S&W Model 41, and the various High Standard models.
High Standard made more target models than anyone else, and they were usually the preferred target pistol.
The top of the line was the "10X" versions hand assembled by HS master gunsmiths.
You can still buy two versions of the 10X, one built in the factory and the other by Bob Shea, who worked at the original HS from the 40's to the 80's and still builds 10X models on order.