SOLD FOR: $1526
Make: High Standard
Model: Victor, ML Series
Serial Number: ML53139
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “.22 LONG RIFLE” next to the trigger logo. The left side of the frame is marked “VICTOR”. The left side of the slide is marked “—HIGH– / STANDARD”. The right side of the frame is marked “ML53139”. The right of the barrel is marked “HIGH STANDARD INC. / E. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2?, Vent-Rib. The bottom of the barrel is equipped with a barrel weight.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge blade screw-secured to the front of the ventilated rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base mounted to the rear of the rib. The top of the rib is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with a smooth thumbrest on the left panel and a smooth index rest on the right panel (for a right-handed shooter). The front and back strap are textured. The grips show minor handling wear. The checkering shows light handling wear and is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Gold Toned Trigger, Safety and Mag Release.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is some very faint thinning at certain leading edges. There is a small amount of faint surface oxidation on the back strap and left side of the frame. There are some infrequently dispersed faint marks throughout the metal. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is light and crisp. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a brown leather soft case and three 10-round blued magazines that each have a steel floorplate and green plastic follower.
Our Assessment: High Standard had a long history of manufacturing target pistols going back to before WWII, so they had lots of time to perfect the design. This is a Model Victor of the ML Series made in 1980 and has a 5 1/2? slab-side barrel. The only change made in this series was the model inscription on the gun, which changed from “THE VICTOR” to simply “VICTOR” and relocated to the left side of the frame. The pistol is in Fine-Plus condition with some scattered minor wear in the metal, a great bore, and strong mechanics. This should make someone an outstanding target pistol that should easily rival most of the newer target pistols being manufactured today. Please see our photos and good luck!