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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Spring 2024 issue of the HSCA newsletter was mailed today.

 Distribution of the Spring issue of the newsletter was mailed today.

Thanks to Ken Rabeneck, Jerry Watson, Gary Hooper, Bob Snider and High Standard of Montana, Bill Jenkins, Steve Schrott, and Brian (el Presidente) Rebuzzini.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE write and submit an article for the newsletter. E-mail it to Nightdoc@aol.com.  Include photos if you have them. I need articles to continue publication of the newsletter.  

Alternatively, I will start printing issues only when I get adequate articles to justify the cost of printing and mailing three instead of four times a year.

Send me a message if you have paid your 2024 dues and not received a Spring newsletter by 20 April 2024.

Newsletter editor, Pro Tem

Positive review of Currie's book

 HSCA has arrived.

Page 26 of this month's American Rifleman magazine gives a complimentary review of John Currie's High Standard Collectors book. Well done guys.

Monday, March 11, 2024


 The dates are August 24 & 25.  Here is a connection to the Oregon Arms Collectors website.  http://www.oregonarmscollectors.com/home.html

The web site mostly deals with the Monthly one day shows but does include the 2-day show in August.  Several of us have reservations at the Holiday Inn Portland West - Hillsbuoro, 2575 NE Aloclekl Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124, phone 503 640 1745.  I can pick you up at Portland Airport (PDX) Or there is a train that runs out to Hillsbuoro.  This venue is much better than the old one, but is 20 miles west of the Portland Airport which is east of Portland.

 Please pass this information to all who might be interested.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Frontier Gallery LLC <fgllcdenver@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 11, 2024 at 2:33 PM
Subject: Displays
To: <bwrcww@gmail.com>, jerry watson <jerrywatson500hsca@gmail.com>

I wanted to let you know that I still have 5 display tables available in the High Standard area, just in case one of the other High Standard Collectors wants to do a display.

David Weddle
CGCA Show Chairman

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

                                                             For your information

 High Standard of Montana has forwarded copies of their rights to the High Standard trademarks.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

 Hello to all of the High Standard Collectors and shooters.

Russ and I would like to thank you all for your continued support
these last four and half years. A lot has been going on for us here.
We have built four 10X's for three youth shooting teams here in
Montana. Two teams went to Colorado Springs last year with the guns we
built and placed first and then they went to Nebraska for their
national matches and placed first along with a Camp Perry style match
which they took first place as well.  We continue to attend gun shows
here in Montana and getting the name out there.
In 2019 ND 2020, we applied for and received all of the High Standard
trademarks, including the trigger logo. We have built a few
presentation blonde boxes with the Supermatic Trophies with extra
barrels for a few customers.
We have a few Bob Shea commemorative guns still available and we have
a few of the Jim Gray Commemorative guns available as well.
Some of you may not know, but we build all of our own parts, frames,
and barrels. There are some things we have to outsource such as
springs and grips. Our grips are built by Herrett stocks. They do a
wonderful job!
Russ continues to improve on the machining and is always looking at
better ways to do the job. He writes programs for the CNC machinery
and produces some amazing stuff. I won't give away all of his secrets
Some of you may not know, but we brought back the Sport King as an
entry level gun. Your choice of 4.5 or 6.75 in barrel and fixed
sights. It has been quite the attraction for those who want an all
steel gun but don't necessarily need a target pistol.
We have been quite busy with repairs from customers all over the
country. It keeps us very busy for just 2 guys who want to build a
quality target pistol and support the shooting and collecting world.
I have heard that we are hard to get a hold of at times. If you have
a hard time reaching us by phone, please text or email us.
As with any fledging company, we are striving to do our best to
uphold the High Standard brand. Wait times might get long, but we do
stand behind our work and our word. Please remember, we are just two
guys doing this and we do want quality first. we know our website does
leave something to be desired, but we will at some point get a good
one going.
We always welcome comments and advice from you all. Thank you for your support!

You can reach us by email at highstandardofmt@gmail.com or by phone
at 406-590-0351. Our contact info is on the website also.

Thank you again,
Russ and Bob

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

 Recommended Gun Shows

Thank you Ken R.

HSCA member attended 2024 gun shows

February 24-25 - Louisville, KY, National Gun Day (nationalgunday.com)
April 6-7  - Tulsa, OK, Wanenmacher's Spring Gun Show (www.tulsaarmsshow.com)
May 18-19 - Greeley, CO, HSCA Annual Meeting,  CGCA Gun Show (CGCA.com)
July 27-28 - Kansas City, MO, MVACA Gun Show, HSCA Midwest Regional (MVACA.org)
August ??? - Portland, OR, HSCA Western Regional (check with Jerry Watson)
September 14-15 - Louisville, KY, National Gun Day (nationalgunday.com)
November 9-10 - Tulsa, OK, Wanenmacher's fall gun show (www.tulsaarmsshow.com)

Many High Standard displays will be at:
Greeley, CO - HSCA Annual Meeting 
Kansas City, MO - HSCA Midwest Regional 
Portland, OR - HSCA Western Regional 

 For those members interested in the annual HSCA meeting at the Colorado Gun show.

Thank you Ken R. for forwarding this.

May 18 & 19, 2024
521 N 15th Ave Greeley CO 80631

Thursday, May 16: 2-8 p.m.
at the Main Entrance
Friday, May 17: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
at the Main Entrance
SET-UP Thursday May 16: 2-8 p.m.
Friday May 17: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
OPEN TO DEALERS Saturday May 18: 8 a.m. - 5:30 P.M.
Sunday May 19: 8 a.m. - 6 P.M.

Please reserve __________ trade tables at $150.00 each and __________ display tables at $130.00 each.
I will need electrical at $35.00  Yes  No • Electric scooter rental  Yes  No 
Same Tables with Full Payment at 2023 show  Yes  No 
Badge Request (Please Print Names Clearly)
____________________________________ _____________________________________
____________________________________ _____________________________________
____________________________________ _____________________________________
I understand that I am allowed two free badges for the first table and one additional free badge for each additional table. Additional Badges purchased before May 1, 2023 will be $30 each badge pre-paid. After May 1, 2023 the badges are $40 each pre-paid before the show.
I will have the following items for sale:
1.___ Antique Firearms 6.___Other antique weapons
2.___ Commemoratives or antique replicas 7.___Collectors cartridges
3.___ Modern weapons (note restrictions)* 8.___Western art*
4.___ Books (Firearms and related) 9.___Indian art and artifacts*
5.___ Other, please specify ___________________________________________________________
I am entering a competitive display  Yes  No. If so, I intend to display the following 
types of firearms...

Opinion from facebook.com 

#1 · Oct 18, 2023  (Edited)
In Colorado, we have one gun show that everyone is proud of - the annual Colorado Gun Collectors' Association show in Greeley, now in its 58th year. Most of the sellers are old, so they have stuff to sell. There is a long tradition of individual private sale tables there, although the age of most members does not give this a long future.

Only Curio-Relics and Antiques are allowed in the door at the CGCA Show. No modern guns. No black guns. 800 tables of just collectible guns and gun-related stuff. The club awards thousands of dollars in prizes for the best display tables so there's always museum-quality stuff to gaze upon and real experts around to learn from.

No clothes or food or tools or coins are allowed. Or art or jewelry, unless related to American history or by native Americans. It's the only gun show worth attending in this state all year. The other Colorado shows are shameless flea-markets.

Hotels are cheap in Greeley and the local politics are pro-gun. The lighting in the show hall is really good and parking is free. Colorado's background check and waiting period laws do not apply to C&Rs and antiques.

Many of the big internet gun auction companies like Rock Island Auctions rent tables to meet the public and promote their services.

May 18 and 19, 2024 with two days of set-up on the 16th and 17th when the table holders have an internal pre-show for each other, before the public arrives. (For a premium admission price, members of the public can access the show during set-up, also.)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Request for help with research project.

 Steve Schrott is leading a research project.

Several members report having Model H-D pistols with safeties in their collections. These are quite rare. This project is to get some estimate as to the number out there. We realize that the results of this project will be, at best, "imperfect". 

The search is for pre-war Model H-Ds with a safety located at the back of the left side of the frame.

These guns will, for the most part, be in very good condition as they were top of the line target pistols before WW II. They will probably be Type II takedowns. The grips will probably be the top-of-the-line target or "Roper" configuration but could be the cheaper black plastic instead. The rear sights are not adjustable. Magazines will have two toned lips. Slide and frame numbers should match. Model H-D is roll marked on the left side of the slide.


If you have one, please send a description and if possible, photos of both sides of the pistol or send some contact info to either Steve (SSHistand54@gmail.com) or Jon Miller (nightdoc@aol.com)

This is not an offer to sell or buy your pistol. This is an effort to find out how common they are. Your privacy will be respected

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Newsletter correction

 I have just received a call from Bob Snider of HighStandardofMontana.

Bob and Russ Gray have continued pistol and parts production and repairs.

I have been publishing incorrect contact information in the Classified Ads section of the newsletter. They can also make some special order pistols upon request. See newsletter.

Correct contact information:

Bob Snider


phone number 406-590-0351

My bad and my apologies to all.

Jon Miller

pro tem newsletter editor

Monday, January 15, 2024

 Will the owner of High Standard Trophy 1972 Commemorative

serial number T0000115 please contact me.

jon Miller

2024 dues

2024 dues were supposed to be paid before 31 December 2023.

If you have not paid them, please do so to continue receiving the newsletter and supporting the club.

Thank you,


Model G-380 owner

Please contact me if you possess High Standard Model G-380 sn 6192. 


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Bullsh-t rumor

 Somebody has started a rumor that there is a rift between the guys at High Standard Montana.

I was informed of this by Bob Snider.

He and Russ want to make it clear to everyone that that    



Friday, December 15, 2023

New High Standard book available: The Collectors Guide for High Standard Firearms



 There is a new book on High Standard Firearms available on Amazon Books.

     High Standard Firearms History, 1932-1984 Connecticut, A Collectors Guide contains 344 pages of the best information available to date including production numbers right from the Factory Records.    

    This book is unique in its preservation of the company's history based on archival data and first-person interviews with the company’s designers and engineers by John Currie in his three-decade quest for information. There are scores of photos of the people, their prototypes and rare and commercial firearms. 

    Copious graphs and illustrations give dates of manufacture and numbers of firearms produced with charts listing every Model Number/ Number Produced/ Years Produced and Serial Number Range. Truly a "Collectors Guide" for High Standard derringers, pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles.

Thursday, December 14, 2023


 Winter 2023 newsletters were mailed out 2 weeks ago.

If you are a paid up HSCA member and have not received yours please contact me.

If you are not a paid up and active member send your application and $40 check to HSCA.

Mailing address is to the right of this post.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Report of Tulsa gun show

Due to recent death of Gary Balaz, the Board met to fill his director's position. A quorum was present. Jerry Watson offered to serve out the remaining 18-month term. The Board accepted his offer. Jerry has previously served HSCA in an executive capacity.

In a discussion regarding the HSCA application form, it was reiterated that the sentences stating that a list of members would be available to all members must be removed. This is in accordance with previous rulings by the Board and members at annual meetings. The rule is in place to preserve member's privacy.

John Currie's book on High Standards debuted at the show. All the 62 autographed first edition copies sold. In addition, Amazon has sold 36 other copies. Five-star reviews are posted on Amazon. Copies may be ordered directly through Amazon. 

Fall newsletter is at the printers. It should be out soon.

The year is coming to a close. Pay your 2024 dues.
Write an article for the newsletter.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Tulsa table location


Message from Steve Schrott

As of today we now will have a sale table at Tulsa right next to David Lehman to promote the Book. It is table 13B10.
I will have our table cover and we hope to have some sort of banner. 
It gets better all the time. 
I will have more info in about a week as to how many Copies I will have to sell at the show and it should be available on Amazon by then. When it appears I will let you know.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Release date for Currie's book

 John Currie's High Standard book

is scheduled for release

at the Tulsa show.

Table location is not yet assigned.

Following Tulsa, it will be listed on Amazon.

No pre-release copies are available.

Updates will be posted on this Blog.