Now that we aren't on ww2 anymore Yes I agree they were used for special ops Our U2 guy in the USA Francis Gary Powers that was shot down and captured Had a HS .22 and a cyanide pill and did not use either so much at risk too..
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From the site of High Standard; "...model 'B' was introduced in 1942. Some 44,000 were purchased by (U.S.) Government for troop training. It trained hundreds of thousends of U.S. troops...With the introduction of model HD (the same grip angle as of .45) a (unknown) number were purchased mainly for marksman units..."
Some were equiped with muzzle brake and underbarrel weights...
A huge lot survived the war as they weren't standard issue weapons...
Here's the photo i remembered from 'Nam :
I suspect that a number, specially fitted with a silencer ( other weapons : De Lisle carbine, Welrod pistol) served for covert/Black ops during WWII...
Best regards, Thanos.
Some more info: Modern Firearms - Hi-Standard HDM silenced
BTW the pistol, in the hands of the Vietnam war era pilot, does not look like a Hi Standard.
Ahhh well done Thanos!!!! I have trashed my house looking for the book that shows this picture !!!!
The photo is showing the marksman model CITATION fitted with a muzzle-brake and under-barrel weights...
Anyway, the HSs were used a lot in WWII (training/OSS), COLD WAR, VIETNAM etc.
Thanks lew07, i know what you mean, it had happened to me too, i had the book handy...
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Speaking as an X-frogman in UDT 22 & 21 I can say we did have Hi Standard silenced 22's but they were not quite effective as anticipated in silencing dog's most were used on other creatures.
Adding to this old thread.
A few years ago I stopped at a yard sale with several old guns for sale. I asked if he had any 22 pistols for sale. He said he only had 1 and it wasn't for sale. His Dad carried it in WWII and it was a keepsake. It was a HS HD military in 22 long rifle. I asked why his Dad carried the 22 pistol. He said his Dad was a Captain assigned to train and work with Philipine guerillas against the Japanese. His Dad like the 22 HS and he was comfortable with it as a weapon. I doubt it was "issued" but none the less it was used in combat. His Dad told him his guerillas would hide along a trail waiting for a Japanese patrol to pass. His Dad would shoot the lead Japanese soldier in the side of the head and that was the signal for the guerillas to fire on the rest of the patrol. His Dad shot 13 Japanese soldiers this way. The guerillas would kill the whole Japanese patrol and hide the bodies. This had a very demoralizing effect on the Japanese occupying force.
He showed me the pistol and it was U S Property marked, and still in good condition.
I have an HD Military High Standard with a 4 inch barrel marked US Property. It came from the great lakes Naval training station many years ago. I was told it was used to start out marksmanship training for pilots during WWII. You didn't want to Start a person out with a 45 or 38 that has never shot a handgun before. So I was told by the man I acquired it from.
I need to take a picture for this thread.
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