Hello all, this is my first post. I’m not knowledgeable about High Standards and their evolution, so this website is the cat’s meow for me… thank you!
47 years ago when I was 16 years old, I worked all summer picking strawberries and spent almost all my earnings on 3 guns, one was a High Standard Sport King. About 10 years later I parted with it to build cash for something else more important to me at the time and have regretted that choice for years. I can’t remember that gun ever having a malfunction of any kind and it was plenty accurate for me as well.
I eventually ended up replenishing my desire for a 22 auto with a S&W Model 41. I never did feel the urge to buy another pistol with fixed sights until today. I bought a very nice shape Dura-Matic M-101 with 4 ½” & 6 ½” barrels and 2 magazines, $325 + tax. After doing some research on the web today, looks like a fair price for the bottom-of-the-line High Standard with the extra barrel and magazine.
Got home, set up a 25 yard target, and fired 8 rounds with the 4 ½” barrel off a bench and sand bags to give it a quick test run. The CCI Mini Mag ammo printed an 8-shot 2 ½” group about 4 ½” high and 2” to the left from center hold. The best 5 shots measured 1 ½” from center to center. I’ll put her through the paces with both barrels and different ammo in the near future. I’ll be satisfied if this gun will consistently shot 1 ½” groups at 25 yards with me behind the trigger.
After reading some posts on another forum, it appears that most Dura-Matics shoot somewhat high with the stock fixed sights, mine certainly does with the 4 ½” barrel and CCI Mini Mags. I’ll be OK with about 2” high at 25 yards but not much more.
Are there any adjustable rear sights that will readily fit the M-101? I see that the M-100 came with adjustable sights.
By the way, the serial number on my M-101 is 6471xx stamped on the right rear of the frame and the right front of the slide. M-101 is stamped on the right side of the slide. 1954 or 1955?
Is the front site easy to replace with a taller one and are they available?
Vic--you have a few issues going on here. On most HS guns, you should shoot only std. vel. ammo. Even on some that can take it, why beat up an old gun with HV ammo? It's almost always less accurate... more
Just realized you mentioned center hold. Most HS guns, at least the target guns, were designed for a 6 O'Clock hold on a paper bullseye. But I am not sure about the Duramatic's and did not see a... more