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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Obituary of Jim Gray, HSCA President

James “Jim” Frank Gray passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on October 24, 2020, at his home outside of Fairfield. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and private services will take place at a later date, at the family fishing pond, where Jim’s remains will be laid to rest next to his daughter, June Gray. Jim was born on March 19, 1932 in Newton, Kansas to Blanche Jewel Watson-Gray and James L. Gray. Jim and his family lived in Newton, Kansas; Prescott, Arizona; Ashfork, Arizona and Barstow, California. Jim moved back to Newton, Kansas where he attended Newton High School and graduated in May of 1950. After graduating High School Jim landed an apprenticeship with Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (ATE-SF) working there from September 1950 to January 1951. Following, Jim was a mechanic for Moulds Auto Repair from January 1951 to October 1951 when he enlisted into the United States Army. He completed Basic Training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in April of 1952 and spent the rest of his service as a mechanic and Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He was honorably discharged on October 8, 1953. In September of 1954 Jim moved to California and attended Santa Ana College. While attending, Jim met and fell in love with Virginia “Ginger” S. Harrison and the couple was married November 23, 1955 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jim continued his education attending Long Beach State College from September 1956 to June 1957. In June of 1956 Jim became a mechanic for Hobbs Trucking and he continued living in Garden Grove, California until June of 1960. Jim and Ginger were blessed with two girls and with their growing family Jim decided to move to Fairfield, Montana. He worked for Bennett Motors in Great Falls, Montana from July 1960 to June 1962 at which time he took a job as a Boeing Mechanic for Malmstrom Air Force Base until March of 1964. His son was born in Montana during this time. In his later years, Jim was a first a Representative, then a Division Manager, and worked his way up to Regional Vice President of Waddell & Reed, where he oversaw offices with over 400 representatives in 9 states. He was also Vice President for High Standard. Jim was a family man. His children were very important to him their whole lives. He was very thoughtful and giving to others and was always willing to help even when he could no longer physically do the hard work. He was always there for support and advice when asked for. His favorite quote “This is living!” was always said with a smile. Jim was an avid fisherman, hunter and gunsmith. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed building and constructing things. He was part of the Red Hill Rifle & Pistol Club in Tustin, California; the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club in Fairfield and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was a longtime member of the Weapons Collectors Society and The High Standard Collectors Association. Jim was also on the Fairfield High School Board for approximately 10 years and was a member of the Lion’s Club, VFW, and American Legion for many years. Jim is survived by his wife Virginia “Ginger” Gray of the family home in Fairfield, daughter Carey A Gray (Bob Snider) and son C. Russell Gray (Trish) as well as 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by his parents James and Blanche Gray, daughter June M. Gray, brother Roy Russell Gray and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com

Saturday, July 4, 2020

2020 HSCA Annual Meeting Cancelled

The 2020 HSCA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with MVACA July 25-26, 2020, Kansas CityMO HAS BEEN CANCELED. Plan on attending the 2021 HSCA annual meeting in DenverCO in May, 2021.


The HSCA Western Regional High Standard Collectors Gun Show August 22-23, 2020 held in conjunction with the Oregon Arms Collectors annual two day show in Portland HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

High Standard Ship Dates

Steven Schrott says he will look up ship dates for High Standard Pistols from the factory records for HSCA members.

Send an email with the full serial  # , full description and Series (Letter, 101,102,106) and he will respond anytime. 

The email address will be sshistand65@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2019 HSCA Annual Meeting, Billings, Montana

On September 6-8, 2019, The Montana Antique and Collectible Firearms Show was held in Billings, Montana. 
There were 9 displays judged by Jon Miller and Tom Bolander.
Members displaying:   Bill Reibe, Smokey Grant, Jerry Watson, Tom Horner, Jim Gray, Ken Rabeneck, Dave Lehman, Russ Gray, Bob Snider, and Doran Houk.  Members present at show:  Greg Markel, Gary Hooper, Marcia Mighell, Jon Miller, Bert Merkel, John Carter, Rex Poggenpohl, Warren Joyce, Bill Elliott, John Jamison, Tom Bolander, Brian Rebanzini and Jack Paulson.Guests and spouses present at show:  Cindy Carter, Laura Watson, Larry Vallad, Evelyn Maynard, Liz Lehman, Laura Horner, Trish Gray, Vickie Houk, Cathy Elliott, and Julia Joyce.

The Annual Meeting was held after the gun show closed on Saturday evening.  A number of important items were discussed and some new measures were enacted.  Minutes of the meeting will be published at a later date. 
Members ate dinner at a German Restaurant Friday evening and Steak Fry
Saturday evening (by Jim Gray). Steak fry involved putting steak on a
pitchfork and putting the steak into a kettle of hot oil for 2 to 3.5
minutes to cook it. We had fried mushrooms too. All delicious.  Good food and great fellowship were experienced by all. 

It was one of the largest members turnouts that HSCA has had in recent years.  The quantity and quality of displays at the show was superior to past years.


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Jim Gray and his extensive HS display.
Dave Lehman and his display World War II High Standards (2nd place)

Marcia Mighell and Ken Rabeneck and his (KR) display HS Gold/Silver

Bill Riebe and his display Slant Grip Pistols (3rd place)

Judge scoring form

HSCA cake for steak fry dessert
Tom "Smokey" Grant and his display HS Revolvers/Derringers/Pistols

Doran Houk and his display HS Top of the Line (4th place)

Russ Gray at his table

Marcia Mighell at her table

Group Photo
Tom Bolander

Tom Horner and his display HS Presentation Guns

Jerry Watson and his display Early HS (1st place)

Rex Poggenpohl at table, Tom Horner and Jim Gray in background



Monday, September 2, 2019

HSCA Kansas City Show 2019

The HSCA participated in the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association Show, July 27-28, 2019, at the KCI Expo Center, KC, MO.   The show was well attended and several association members had displays for the enjoyment of the show attendees.  Dan Rathgeber, and Dave Lehman each won a Judge's Award, and Jon Miller won 2 Judge's Awards for his 2 displays. 
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  High Standard Trophy and Victor Pistols, by Bill Brown.

High Standard Pistols by DaveLehman, Judges Award Winner.

The Early Pistols  and the Post War Pistols, by Doran Houk.


Derringers by Ken Rabeneck. 


Olympic Pistols by Dan Rathgeber, Judges Award Winner. 

High Standard OSS Pistols by Jon Miller, Judges Award Winner.

Crusader Revolvers by Jon, Miller, Judges Award Winner. 




.22 Rifles made by High Standard for Sears, by Steve Schrott.

John Carter and Steve Schrott looking up details on firearms.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 Northwest Regional Meeting

The Northwest Regional Meeting of the High Standard Collectors Association was held in conjunction with the Oregon Arms Collectors Annual two day Show at the Airport Holiday Inn in Portland, Oregon on Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25.  This was the sixty-fifth Year for the Oregon Arms Collectors Show.

Members who attended the show were Jerry Watson, Smokey Grant, Gary Hooper, Bill Riebe Burt Merkel and Marcia Mighell. Guests with members were Tom Richards, Pat Batten and Larry Vallad, Will Kearney, and Dick Klocko.  Members who displayed were Smokey Grant, Jerry Watson, Gary Hooper and Bill Riebe.  There were as many members and guests at the Northwestern Regional meeting as attended the National Annual Meeting in 2018.

There was a good crowd both days and lots of camaraderie among the members and guests as well as trading High Standard information.  We had a surprise visit from a WWII Japanese soldier as shown in the accompanying photo.

Our annual Northwest Regional Business Meeting was held Saturday evening after the show closed.  We gathered in the meeting room at  Elmer’s Restaurant, to discuss several topics.
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Bill Riebe displayed early Automatics describing take down types and models by color background.  

Gary Hooper displayed early Automatics models through all the Military Grip models.

Smokey Grant displayed Revolvers and Derringers along with his numerous High Standard related items.

Jerry Watson displayed Standard grip and Lettered models through 1950, along with their boxes and original paper on this table.

Jerry Watson displayed Pre High Standard and the “B” models along with their boxes and original paper on this table.
A visitor to the High Standard Sales Table.  A World War II Japanese Soldier in authentic military uniform, rifle and flag.