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    A Classic (non Woodsman) 22 pistol

    Here's a classic old piece I have been looking for over the years. A High Standard Supermatic Trophy. This one with a shorter bull barrel mounted, high polish blue in excellent condition, and original grips with the HS medallions. A 1957 Model 102 from the good old Hamden years. Can't wait to get it to the range to compare it to the Woodsman and the Browning Medalist in particular. Fantastic adjustable sights by any year's standard.

    Just a promised "add on" to the "What a 22 should look like" thread running earlier. Arrived today.
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    Good looking pistol! Let us know how it shoots.
    I tinkered with collecting HS 22's for a while. Most are great guns but I got tired of tinkering with magazine feed lips. When they work, they are tough to beat...when they don't...
    I kept two because they always worked...an old GB and an HD-Military.
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    That is a very nice High Standard that will give any 22 a run for the money. It looks like the slide says it's a Model 102. Here is one of my 102's with a little longer barrelH.S. 102 Supermatic Trophy R.H..JPGH.S. 102 Supermatic Trophy L.H..JPG

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    Yes Beecherkid, that 103 was my poor typing skills. Corrected thanks. Is yours the model called the Space Gun? Great look with the weights and I assume a muzzle compensator. Very nice.

    Marklin - yes I hope to escape the feeding lip issue, but we will see. The magazine, stamped High Standard on its base, is by far the heaviest example I've encountered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brassmonkey View Post
    Yes Beecherkid, that 103 was my poor typing skills. Corrected thanks. Is yours the model called the Space Gun? Great look with the weights and I assume a muzzle compensator. Very nice.

    Marklin - yes I hope to escape the feeding lip issue, but we will see. The magazine, stamped High Standard on its base, is by far the heaviest example I've encountered.
    I think the term space gun is generic as I've seen other makes and models referred to as such.

    If I'm allowed to mention another site, try RimfireCentral . The High Standard section has people that KNOW High Standards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brassmonkey View Post
    Fantastic adjustable sights by any year's standard.
    I’d say the sights and everything they’re attached to are ‘fantastic by any year’s standard’ and an example of the high quality available in the era. The stocks are outstanding also. Congratulations and thanks for sharing with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beecherkid View Post
    I think the term space gun is generic as I've seen other makes and models referred to as such.
    The High Standard is generally the specific pistol I've heard described as a "space gun"...and by those who usually have never seen a Whitney Wolverine which also gets the description.
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    Maybe a Gyrojet pistol could be a space gun.
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    The space gun refers to the 6 3/4”, 8”, and 10” guns only. They are the ones with the 3 piece weights and grooved Barrel sides for attachment and muzzle brakes-as pictured above with the 8 inch 102. The 6 3/4” has the sight on the slide, the 8 and the 10, rear sight is on the back of the barrel. Reason they are called that, is fully decked out, they looked like a gun for/from outer space, hence “Space Gun”. The bull barrel, pictured here, and the fluted barrels are not considered “space guns”. I’ve heard them called “Ray Guns” also but Space gun is the much more common and appropriate name imo. Also many people say the 8 inch is “uncommon” or “rare”, it’s actually the most common of these 3 lengths imo. I’ve always liked them and surprisingly these were bringing about a grand for a nice boxed one when pythons were a grand for a nice boxed one! Actually I believe a nib trophy would have brought a hundred or two more than a nib stainless or blue python-any barrel length. I just bought a 99% in the box 6 3/4” trophy (way scarcer than the 8 in the trophy imo) on gb a couple weeks ago for 1101 at penny auction. It had everything including the extra boxed mag also. These seem to be about the same price as 10 years ago. In my opinion, the High Standard “Space Guns” were the finest 22 autoloading pistol ever made in the USA. The weak link is the spring, it needs upgraded if shooting and only ever shoot standard velocity.

    The 102s were the pinnacle of craftsmanship but they had a flaw. The hole in the frame I call it. Many are cracked, unfortunately I’ve had that gut wrenching experience myself. Get one, home, drop the barrel and slide,,, and the frame is cracked at the hole on the slide rail. Always check the 102s prior to purchase. So far I’m running about 50-60% of ones I’ve inspected ARE cracked. It’s that bad. The 103 done away with the hole. A couple other extra machining steps were too. Just my personal observation, I believe the most 102s were made, followed by the 103, then the 104 being fewer made than previous other two. Not sure if we would consider the Military Olympics with same style barrel weights “Space Guns” or not. My guess is most would not but a strong case could be made for them as they are futuristic looking too, especially for that timeline. These are getting into some quite scarce guns. The 106s and 107s were made in very large numbers but not the Olympic ISU variation with the weights. Muzzle brakes or Stabilizer were integrated on the ISU models-ported at end of barrel-not slide on. I am fortunate enough to have a 104 Olympic ISU 100% NIB. I paid a thousand or a little more for it years ago. Definitely not a deal when I bought it but just never see them in that condition so I snagged it.
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    Has there ever been a company that used the term "space Gun" on their product or in marketing materials?

    space gun.jpg
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