Were all High Standard 357 Mag made by Dan Wesson?

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  1. Twmaster

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    I saw a High Standard .357Mag in a pawn shop today. Not at all familiar with the High Standard revolvers.
     
  2. the Real Alpo

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    That was my understanding.

    High Standard came out with four new models of the Sentinel revolver, in the mid-70s (IIRC).

    The Mark I and Mark IV were made by High Standard, and were just the regular Sentinel with some cosmetic changes.

    The Mark II and Mark III were 357s - one with fixed sights and one with adjustable - made by Dan Wesson.
     
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    There are gys who are really good with the High Standard line including collectors who recognize the guns for their fine quality. I am not a High Standard type. While most High Standard revolvers were .22 caliber types they did make a .357 as the Sentiinel MK II Double Action and a Sentinel MK III Double Action, the latter had adjustable sights. They also made a Crusader .357 revolver. High Standard was born in 1926 in CT and moved around CT between 1926 and 1984 when they died in CT. Then like the Phoenix (or Lazarus) they rose from the dead in Houston TX. around 1993 manufacturing in TX and distributing out of CT. They used many of the old employees and suppliers as the original. I can't tell you anything about the New Manufacture but I have no recollection of Dan Wesson figuring into any of this unless they came late in the Texas game.

    I see The Real Alpo posted as I typed and that makes sense. Maybe they figured in back then?

    Ron
     
  4. natman

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    I don't know about "all" HS 357s, but my Sentinal Mk III was definitely made by Dan Wesson. The forward cylinder latch and the barrel nut are clues.

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  5. bannockburn

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    natman

    Nice looking High Standard/Dan Wesson you've got there. In all my travels over the year I would have to say I possibly have come across a couple of Sentinal Mk. IIIs; but certainly none that looked as pristine as yours does.
     
  6. natman

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    Thanks. In the early '90s after police departments switched from revolvers to semiautos, revolvers were a drug on the market. Everybody wanted semiautos and were almost desperate to get rid of their revolvers. I bought every unusual revolver I could find back then, including this one.
     
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