An Inexpensive D/A 22.


January 7, 2013, 10:43 AM
Well, "they" don't really make them anymore, but back in the day, both Harrington and Richardson, and High Standard (and a couple other companies) did make them. No, they weren't Smith & Wesson or Colt, but they did the job they were made for, and did them pretty well.

I found this one at the LGS over the weekend, and for the price (Less than $175.00) I couldn't pass it up. Other than a slight turn line on the cylinder, and a drag line where the cylinder pin rubbed the recoil shield it looks pretty much like new.

It's a High Standard Sentinel "Deluxe", R-106 from the late 60's or early 70's as best I can tell. The frame is aluminum. The grips are plastic and surprisingly comfortable. The hammer is case hardened. The rear sight is drift adjustable if you want to do that. Personally I just think of them as fixed and use Kentucky windage. It holds nine round of 22 LR. I remember back in the day they were thought of as good shooters. Not a K-22, but acceptable for a "kit gun."

Hope to get it out and shoot it a few times anyway today.

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January 7, 2013, 11:56 AM

Nice find, especially in that good of condition. Nifty little kit gun and at a great price.

January 7, 2013, 12:16 PM
Nice find on a handsome "beer-budget" gun. I have a sweet spot for these types of guns, and have kept my eyes open for a HS for a couple of years now; just haven't come across one.
Had a Taurus M94 many years ago (let my then-wife keep it when we divorced.) That one worked pretty good. Love my new Heritage Rough Rider.

January 7, 2013, 02:47 PM
I looked at that one and the stainless Rossi 515 .22WRM. You made a wise choice. Nice thing about the 'Deluxe' is hand ejector return spring where unlike in basic grade you do not have to pull back on ejector rod before closing revolver.

January 7, 2013, 03:52 PM
I found one for $99 a while back and was so excited I didn't even try to haggle.

Mine shoots great.

January 8, 2013, 12:20 AM
Nice pickup! That looks like it handles well, and the price was definitely fair.

I'm partial to .22 revolvers anyway. Perfect kit gun size.

January 8, 2013, 02:44 AM

Back in 1973, that little beauty would have cost you $54.95 retail. That was also the last year they made them before going over to the much more modern design of the Sentinel MK1.

January 8, 2013, 06:23 AM
Thanks BB. I was tryig to remember how much they cost back in the day when I used to drool over a Shooters Bible. The Sentinel, the H&R 999, the Ruger Bearcat, were all guns I "wanted", mostly becuase I could imagine coming up with enough money to buy one. A Smith & Wesson or a Colt at $100.00 plus...well, that might as well have been a million dollars.

I was surprised to realize how big it is. I thought of it as a small gun even after getting it home. It wasn't until I went looking for a holster and found it fit the generic Uncle Mikes Sidekick I got for K-frame Smith & Wessons I realized that the light weight was fooling me. It's a good sized revolver.

January 8, 2013, 08:47 AM

I remember many years ago looking through a book about guns at the school library (imagine that in this day and age!), and it had nearly the complete High Standard line-up in there, complete with color photographs. Along with the Double Nine, the Posse, the Natchez (my favorite), and the Longhorn, they also had their Dura-Coat models pictured. These were the ones that had a 2 1/2" barrel, plastic ivory colored birdshead grips, and had turquoise, pink, and gold anodized frames along with a nickel plated cylinder. Definitely ahead of their time in offering a line-up of revolvers that would have some appeal to female shooters.

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