High Standard target pistols are manufactured in a variety of models in .22 Short and .22 Long Rifle chamberings for use in competition.
One selling point is the similarity in grip angle and manual safety location to the M1911A1 series, a pistol common in service pistol competition.
This firm had developed and produced a single-shot pistol, a repeating pistol, and an automatic pistol. I, nor were the following models given any specific model designation. It had a new positive-lock safety, new assembly slide lock, adjustable target rear sight, ramptype front sight, front and back straps grooved to improve the grip, molded grips (checkered and with thumb rest), raised serrated rib on top of barrel, hooded breech, and adjustable (2- and 3-ounce) weights. Like the Olympic it had a built-in stabilizer (muzzle brake) and adjustable balancing weights.
Although this firm was in operation for only about two years it appears that they made a few thousand pistols, judging from observed serial numbers. B was also produced in an external hammer version, without the thumb safety, and this was designated Mod. Supermatic model-This model and the Olympic (third type) are alike except that this is chambered for the .22 L. It also had the same type of target sights, with click adjustments for windage and elevation.
A turbulent period followed, due to the passage of Gun Control Act of 1968.The company was founded in Hamden, Connecticut in 1926 as a supplier to the numerous firearms companies in the Connecticut Valley.In 1932, the company, headed by Carl Gustav Swebilius, purchased the Hartford Arms and Equipment Company and began making .22 caliber pistols.The company then relocated to East Hartford in 1976.Previous manufacturer located in New Haven, Hamden, and East Hartford, CT. In 1968, the company was sold to the Leisure Group, Inc.