I went back and started to count the letter guns beginning with the letter models with a goal of doing all the guns up until the end of commercial sales at the beginning of the war. I have revised my goal for the data I am gathering as I do this. This is a really slow process because half the records are back page records which I must view in the dark to compensate for poor images in the microfilm.
There may never be a precise count. This is eye crossing work. There are missing pages. There are 4% to 5% open records.
The number shipped is surely closer to 670 than it is to 6900.
I have actually done a lot of research on numbers but not necessarily on the numbers you are asking about. That research has resulted in several articles in the newsletter.
John, A while back there was some discussion about the number of H-D's that were manufactured. You seemed to think there could be as few as around 670. Has there or have you been able to do any more... more
Jack, I have heard the counts were off by a factor of 10 but the number of "H-D's" that come up for sale or view seem to be much greater in number then the first model "H-B's" that Mr. petty report... more
Hello Tom, Petty's number of 2100 is probably about 100 low. I think I posted some of these numbers on the old (second) HSCA forum. Depending on the interpretation of the open records, this number... more
John, You and others are lucky! I can't seem to find any for the life of me. I believe I have 2 but have 8 "H-D's" It is a mystery then why more do not turn up! Thank you for the info! Tom Jones II... more
Well Tom I guess I got lucky since a first model H-B was one of the first High Standards I was able to put in my collection. The H-D came several years later. Over and over again I have people at the ... more