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High Standard Manufacturing Company Inc.
Type Private Company
Industry firearms
Fate Acquired
Founded 1926 (1926) in Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
Founder(s) Carl Gustav Swebilius
Headquarters Houston, Texas, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Products Pistols, Rifles, Carbines
Services Sales, Repairs and Accessories

Publicity photo of U.S. Navy WAVES taking target practice with .22 caliber Model B training pistols in 1943

High Standard Manufacturing Company Inc. is an American manufacturer of firearms, based in Houston, Texas. The company was originally founded in Hamden,[1] Connecticut in 1926 as a supplier to the numerous firearms companies in the Connecticut Valley.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1932, the company, headed by Carl Gustav Swebilius, purchased the Hartford Arms and Equipment Company and began making .22 caliber pistols.[2]

In 1968, the company was acquired by the Leisure Group. A turbulent period followed, due to the passage of Gun Control Act of 1968. The company then relocated to East Hartford in 1976. In 1978, Clem Confessore, company president, lead a management buyout of High Standard from Leisure Group.

In December 1984, its assets were auctioned. Gordon Elliott, who had been the National Parts Distributor, purchased: the .22 Target pistols, the Crusader line and the High Standard name and trademarks.

In the spring of 1993, High Standard Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Houston, Texas acquired the company assets and trademarks, as well as the .22 Target Pistols. These original assets were transferred from Connecticut to Houston, Texas in July 1993. The first shipments of Houston manufactured pistols began in March, 1994.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Vincent Bugliosi; Curt Gentry (1994). Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (25 Anv edition ed.). W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 325. ISBN 978-0-393-08700-0. 
  2. Kevin Michalowski; John Taffin (2005). Gun Digest Book of Cowboy Action Shooting. Gun Digest Books. pp. 147. ISBN 978-0-89689-140-1. 

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