SOLD FOR: $1125
Make: High Standard Mfg. Corp.
Model: Supermatic Citation Military
Serial Number: 2434848
Year of Manufacture: 1974 (Pg. 165 of “High Standard” by Tom Dance)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “SUPERMATIC / CITATION”. The left side of the slide is marked “-HIGH- / STANDARD”. The left barrel flat is marked “.22 LONG RIFLE” and the High Standard trigger logo. The right barrel flat is marked “HIGH STANDARD MFG. CORP. / HAMDEN, CONN. U.S.A.”. The right side of the frame is marked “MILITARY” and “2434848”. The top of the slide is marked “2434848”.
The additional barrel bears the same markings and the installed barrel.
Barrel Length: The installed fluted barrel measures 7 1/4” and the additional barrel measures 5 1/2″. Both barrels have “stab” cuts on the sides of the barrel for mounting the included compensator. The bottom of the barrels are drilled, tapped, and filled for installing a barrel weight (not included).
Sights / Optics: The front sight on the installed barrel is a patridge style blade integral to a riser which is fore-to-aft dovetailed to the front of the barrel and held in place with a set-screw. The front sight on the additional barrel is a patridge blade integral to a serrated riser which is fore-to-aft dovetailed to the front of the barrel and held in place with a set-screw. The rear sight is a square notch base connected to a mount that is screwed to the rear of the frame, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with a thumb-shelf on the left panel for a right-handed shooter. The front and back strap are textured. The panels show light handling wear, slightly more so on the right panel. The checkering is sharp with just a few individually nicked checkers. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and the sides of the slide and frame have a polished blued finish. The top of the slide, the underside of the trigger guard, front strap and backstrap have a matte blue finish. The trigger and magazine release are nickel.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: Both bores are bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is some light thinning on the leading edges. There are some light nicks and scratches scattered about the metal. The top of the slide has a small spot of finish loss from tool markings. There are some scattered faint lines and minor dings throughout the metal. The slide serrations are sharp. The grip screws are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger on this pistol is adjustable for over-travel via a screw on the front of the trigger. 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 in its original serial matching box with paperwork including a manual, two 10-round magazines, a compensator, and additional barrel, and additional springs and tools.
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 the Supermatic Citation and is of the Military variety with the grip angle of a 1911. It comes in its original serial matching box with additional accessories including a barrel and a compensator. This pistol is clean, retaining about 96% original finish. The mechanics are smooth and the trigger is light and crisp. Please see our photos of this fantastic target pistol and good luck!