High Standard Sentinel MK IV


April 25, 2012, 06:21 PM
Just picked up this gun yesterday.

It was in the used section at my local gun shop, and was only 100 bucks. The gun was filthy with crud all over it. It looked to be neglected, but not abused. The lockup is good, and the barrel has good rifling.

It is 9-shot, .22 WMR, and has a 3" barrel.

Anybody familiar with these guns? What little I've read about them has been mostly positive.


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April 25, 2012, 07:20 PM
saw one today at a gun shop that looked darn near unfired, just like your and they wanted $239 for it. you did good for $100.... still thinking about stopping back tomorrow and getting it.

April 25, 2012, 10:34 PM
Ex brother-in-law had a Sentinel he bought in 1983 or so (not sure which exact 'mark' it was) in .357 Mag. Was a 'snubby', about a 2" or 2-1/2" barrel, and a grip that resembled a single-action "Bisley" style.

Sort of an odd-duck looking revolver, but for him it shot very well.

April 26, 2012, 03:47 AM
I'd like to have one of those little 9 shot revolvers but the only one I've seen for sale around here was $150 and had 80% of the blued finish worn off of it.

April 26, 2012, 06:25 AM

The earlier High Standard Sentinels first came out in the mid '50s and had an aluminum frame and were chambered in .22LR. There were many different configurations offered, in terms of barrel length, grips, and finishes.

Then in the mid '70s they updated the styling on the Sentinel series with a steel frame, a shrouded barrel, and redesigned walnut stocks and named it the Sentinel Mk.I in .22LR and the Sentinel Mk.IV in .22Mag. Barrel lengths were 2", 3", or 4" with fixed sights on 2" and 3" models, and adjustable sights available on some 3" and 4" models. Finishes were blued or nickel plated. Production only lasted for a couple of years. I think for $100 you got a great deal on a really neat revolver.

April 26, 2012, 06:46 AM
Eagerly awaiting the delivery of the Mk 1 I just bought on line, used but well kept.

Growing up in the 50's my grandpa had one. Always carried the 2 inch in his pocket. It was promised to me, but he died while I was in Viet Nam and my low life cousin took it and sold it for booze, or drugs. I dealt with him in my own way.

Lowercase you got a great weapon at a great price, enjoy it in good health and prosperity. If you ever get tired of it PM me. :)

April 30, 2012, 04:01 AM
I took the High Standard to the range yesterday, and ran a box of CCI Maxi-Mag 40 grain HP through it.

The gun wouldn't group well, and the bullets were keyholing.

The rifling and crown look great, and the timing is good, too. I'm gonna go back to the range and run a couple different types of ammo through it in hopes that it just doesn't like the CCI stuff.

I've heard that some guns can be pretty picky with certain types of ammo. We'll see.

April 30, 2012, 04:24 AM
My .22 caliber Sentinel, a peach of a gun. My only issue is that it's anodized in black, and has a prominent cylinder drag mark:


The Old Redneck
April 30, 2012, 08:07 AM
Some of them can be picky about ammo, tried several types in last one. Shot well with 50 grain bullets and the cheap Winchester dyna points but not other Winchesters. Did not shoot well with anything under 40 grain. Have had a few that would shoot just about anything, some are more picky than others? Try several something will usually work well.

April 30, 2012, 09:34 AM

Is your revolver .22 magnum? If it is were you shooting .22 magnum rounds through it?
If you're shooting long rifle through a magnum gun that could be why it's key holing. Otherwise it may very well be a leading problem, which should be visible with a bore light.

April 30, 2012, 01:08 PM
Like the Browning Double Auto shotguns of the era, the Sentinel was offered in different colors, including pink. Pretty revolutionary concept for the time.

April 30, 2012, 07:35 PM
Took the revolver back to the range to day to try it out with different ammo.

Ran Winchester Super X, Fiocchi, and Hornady V-Max through it. All ran just fine with no keyholing. The gun just doesn't like the CCi Maxi Mags.

I'm pretty happy that thy gun is okay. (After discovering that the gun isn't messed up, I feel like I just found money in the street.)

Thanks for all the replies.


April 30, 2012, 10:21 PM
As I said before, I'd love to have one of these but not for the price they go for considering how old they are and that they're just a .22lr revolver.

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