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 grip panels are a checkered hard rubber and sport the High Standard "HS" monogram in the middle of each grip.
There is a manual thumb safety lever located on the left side of the receiver and behind the grip panel.
In early 1978, the Leisure Group sold the company to the management and the company became High Standard, Inc. Hartford, CT manufacture is ML 25,000-ML 86,641 and SH 10,001-SH 34,034. All "V" marked guns were shipped during June 1984 or later independent of serial number. Prices can range from -0 for a good condition Model 106 or 107 factory box to over 0 for an older box of a desirable model.
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They entered the firearms business when they purchased Hartford Arms and Equipment Co. After the war, the operations were consolidated in Hamden.
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.
During World War II, the company supplied .22 caliber pistols for basic pistol training and familiarization to the armed forces.
At the request of Office of Strategic Services Deputy Director for Research and Development Stanley P.