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What Have I Found, In This Crown Jewel~?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ala Dan, Sep 14, 2010.

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  1. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Greeting's All-

    Its a 5.5" slab sided barreled, High Standard .22 LR called "The Victor"; with
    out a vent rib. Markings on this weapon are as follows:

    On the left side; "The Victor" .22 Long Rifle, near the rear sight "HIGH
    STANDARD".

    On the right side of the barrel; High Standard Mfg. Corp. Hamden, CT U.S.A.
    On the frame; "Military" with the S/N of: 2436xxx. No counter-weight was
    available, but the drilled and tapped holes are present. Note: This is a slant
    grip model High Standard.

    It is equipped with adjustable rear (high profile) rear sight; on a plain ribbed
    barrel. The original bluing would be rated at 'bout 85%; with the wooden grips &
    thumb rest (left side) at 100%. It comes with only one magazaine, and NO box
    or doc's. Note: The base plate of the magazine is a bit stratched up. What is
    this firearm worth, and if any High Standard experts are on board; could you
    please advise date of manufacture?

    Many thanks in advance, and I hope too have pics up as soon as I get my
    computer problems solved.
     
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  2. 1SOW

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    rimfirecentral.com Click on HIGH STANDARD, VICTOR



    You should be able find all the info you ask for and more at this site. They have a chart to determine DOM. That has the 'Military' grip if they look like my pic
    http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=90832&d=1231725016

    I shot a "Victor" in the 70's and it was a great pistol--pretty much top of the line. The one I shot was the solid 'bull' barrel model.
    I didn't care for the ramp/cover over the ejection port, but that's just me.

    P.S. If memory serves, Victor with weights original cost was around $400 in 74(?)--. I couldn't afford it, so I bought th HS Sharpshooter-You can still buy new mags.
     
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  3. 9mmepiphany

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    Be careful of new mags made by the new High Standard (HS) in Houston.

    The mags are critical in the feeding of the upper end HS autos(Victors, Citations and such)...or more correctly the mag lips. HS .22lr autos don't have a ramp which feeds the rounds from the mag into the barrel...the rounds are guided from the mag to the barrel solely by the lips.

    They have to be at the correct angle and need to be able to hold that angle. There is even a tool you can buy the tweak the lips or you can mail your mags in to have it done...the name of the company escapes me at the moment.

    The early mags out of the Houston factory had an issue with soft lips that wouldn't hold the correct angle.

    I'm personally a huge fan of the HS Victor, but it stems from my exposure to it through a graphic novel. It is like my infatuation with the Hammerli 280 since it's appearance in the move Point of No Return
     
  4. JohnBT

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    A quick search just turned up some ANIB models marked "The Victor", but with the barrel rib. I haven't found one that exactly matches your description yet. They're labelled Model 107 Military and one site said they stopped making them in 1984. And that's all I know so far. John

    Cabela's has one for $949

    www.cabelas.com/gun-inventory---dundee---handgun---1496244-hsvictor-dun.shtml

    Auctionarms has one for $650 with 12 hours left on it and 40-some bids already.

    www.auctionarms.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=9888981&oh=671468
     
  5. Olympus

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    Gun shows in my area are selling the HS Victor for around $700 to $800. As you described with no vent rib, barrel weight, or box, and 85% condition, I would say $625 to $650 would be a fair value.
     
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Gee, thanks guy's for that wealth of information~! After checking some of the
    pic's at rimfire central.com, I don't think this is actually an angle gripped model
    as first indicated in my original post; as its more of a 1911 style grip angle.
    Forgot to mention, that I also was able to obtain a used Bianchi [all leather]
    holster for this firearm; all for the amazing amount of only $400~! How do
    you guy's think I did? I know its hard too tell without pic's; and I hope to
    have that corrected (with pic's displayed) early next week. Again, many
    many thanks for the information; and hope all is well with you and yours.
     
  7. Olympus

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    I've never seen one without the vent rib, but I would say you did pretty good on it.
     
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