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Hi Standard R-103 9-shot .22rf

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by FPrice, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. FPrice

    FPrice Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    People's Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    My dealer just picked up a very nice Hi Standard .22rf revolver. It has a 6" barrel, the finish looks very good, almost but not quite NIB, and it dates back to 1973. Anyone have any idea as to the quality of these revolvers? Thanks.
  2. Drakejake

    Drakejake Active Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    I have knowledge of only one Hi Standard revolver. I bought a nine-shot .22 mag revolver several months ago. The double action trigger is very, very heavy. The single action is so so. Hi Standard is known for its semiautomatics, not for the revolvers. But I imagine they are utilitarian at best.

  3. Penman

    Penman Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    They have a good reputation as kit guns and plinkers. Is this the "Sentinel" model that looks like a DA revolver, or one of the Western styled models that look like SA revolvers but are actually double action? Use it, you'll like it.
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    With the possible exception of the Crusader, High Standard revolvers were second tier: not up to Smith & Wesson and Colt standards, but better than some of the no-name revolvers whose only claim to fame was price.

    The Crusader was a geared lock work .44 magnum or .45 long Colt revolver made toward the end of High Standard's life. It was about the size of a Smith & Wesson N frame and supposedly well made, but only a few were ever sold. I've heard High Standard private-labelled some early Dan Wesson revolver, so they'd probably be top tier, but again, it's my understanding there weren't many on the market.

    I've looked at a number of High Standard .22 caliber revolvers over the years, and the best impressed me as being worthy kit guns; I've never, however, understood how the company wandered so far afield of the .22 caliber semi-automatic match pistols it earned its reputation with. Adventures in corporate mismanagement, I guess.

    The best High Standard site I'm aware of is: http://www.tm-techmark.com/jspacek.htm

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