By Thomas E. Wessel
IN late summer of 1958 High Standard Manufacturing Corp. of Hamden, Conn., introduced 4 ten-shot detachable-clip cal. .22 semi-automatic pistols featuring detachable barrels and an improved lockwork to provide crisp and uniform sear disengagement. These guns were designated Supermatic Trophy, Supermatic Citation, Olympic Citation, and Supermatic Tournament. The first 3 guns are regularly available with
10", 8", and 6barrels. The fully-adjustable rear sight is mounted on the slide of the 63A "-barrel version, whereas the rear sight is mounted on the breech ring of the 8" and 10" barrels. The detachable barrel stabilizer minimizes muzzle jump, thereby aiding in quicker recovery of aim between shots. Screw adjustments are provided to vary weight of trigger pull and amount of backlash. The frame straps are grooved.
The Supermatic Trophy and Citation models are chambered for the cal. .22 long rifle cartridge and conversion units are available to permit use of the cal. .22 short cartridge. The Olympic Citation is chambered for the cal. .22 short cartridge and is convertible to cal. .22 long rifle with a conversion unit. Factory installation of these conversion units is required. The Supermatic Trophy is the deluxe model featuring high-polish blue finish, checkered walnut grips, and gold-plated trigger and safety button. Lettering is gold inlaid. The other models have checkered plastic grips, and triggers and safety buttons are finished blue. Walnut grips are available at extra cost in lieu of the plastic grips.
The Supermatic Tournament, offered in cal. .22 long rifle only, is available with 4'/2 " or 63A " barrel. The lockwork is substantially identical to that of the other models, but does not incorporate trigger pull adjustment. The barrels are not equipped with integral or detachable stabilizers. The fully-adjustable rear sight is mounted on the slide. Grips are of checkered plastic with walnut grips available at extra cost.
Disassembly procedure for the 4 models is substantially identical, thus instructions covering the Supermatic Trophy are basically appropriate to the other models.
ITo disassemble Supermatic Trophy pistol, first press magazine catch (44) and withdraw magazine (51). Pull back slide (13) and lock it in place by pushing up slide lock lever .(18). At same time inspect gun to insure that no cartridge remains in chamber. Next, move safety (39) to "On" position. This locks hammer (20) and sear (17), disconnects trigger (36), and completely separates sear bar (38) from sear. Grasp pistol as shown (left-handed pe^ons should use a reversed grip) and depress barrel takedown plunger (31) with thumb. Lift barrel (5) out of its bedding with a straight upward motion. If. after extensive shooting, it bccomcs difficult to remove barrel by thumb pressure alone, press takedown plunger against a padded but solid object
2 Continue disassembly by pulling back slide a short distance to release slide lock and case slide forward off frame (34)
2. Stabilizer set screw (2)
3. Front sight
4. Front sight screw
6. Driving spring plug
7. Driving spring
9. Extractor spring
10. Driving spring plunger
11. Driving spring plunger pin (2)
14. Firing pin spring
15. Firing pin
16. Sear spring
18. Slide lock lever
19. Slide lock spring
21. Hammer strut pin
22. Anti-backlash screw
23. Adjustable rear sight
24. Right bracket, short barrel weight
25. Right bracket, long barrel weight
26. Left bracket, short barrel weight
27. Left bracket, long barrel weight
28. Long barrel weight
29. Short barrel weight
30. Barrel weight screw (2)
31. Barrel takedown plunger
32. Barrel takedown plunger spring 33 Anti-backlash detent washer
35. Barrel takedown plunger pin
37. Trigger pin
38. Sear bar and trigger pull pin assembly
40. Side plate
41. Side plate screw
42. Hammer strut anchor pin
43. Magazine catch pin
44. Magazine catch
45. Magazine catch spring
46. Right handgrip
47. Sear pin
48. Hammer pin
49. Sear bar spring
50. Safety spacer washer
52. Sear adjustment screw plunger
53. Sea*, adjustment screw
54. Hammer spring
55. Hammer strut ring
56. Hammer strut
58. Left handgrip
3 For top performance stabilizer (1) should be removed and cleaned every 300 rounds. Clean with tool furnished by manufacturer. Remove stabilizer by inserting proper-size Allen wrench (provided with gun) into stabilizer set screws (2) and back them oil until they are clear of engaging slots in muzzle end of barrel. Stabilizer will then slide off
4 Forward weight and balance of gun may be adjusted by inserting: proper-size Allen wrench (also provided with gun) into barrel weight set screw or screws (30) and loosening until either or both weights are movable within brackets (24 through 27). The weight ma> then be moved forward or backward as barrel groove permits. When optimum balance i? achieved, tighten set screws with the wrench into detents provided
5 Should it become necessary to remove right grip (46) for replacement or exposure of working parts, slide lock lever (18) comes out very easily. Care must be exercised not to lose slide lock spring (19) as it is very small and hardly noticeable. When reinserting slide lock, make sure that this spring is properly seated in its hole in frame (34) ■
Model B magazines can be readily identified. The seam of the magazine is on the same side as the loading button. The weld marks at the top and bottom of the seams are typical of Hi-Standard Model B magazines.
The Model B was one of the first of the long line of Hi-Standard automatic pistols. It differs from later models in that it was designed more as a plinker than a serious target pistol. During World War II a number were purchased by the Army and Navy for training purposes.
Other points of identity are the 2 long stab marks which retain the floorplate, and the depression stamped into the back strap.—E. J. Hoffschmidt.
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