Sold For: $1,655.00
Make: High Standard
Model: Supermatic Trophy – Series 103
Serial Number: 1215396
Year of Manufacture: 1961 (http://www.histandard.info/datapublic/serial/pserialno.html)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine br>
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “SUPERMATIC / TROPHY”. The left side of the slide is marked “HI-STANDARD” and the right side is marked “1215396” and MODEL 103”. The right barrel flat is marked “HIGH STANDARD MFG. CORP. / HAMDEN, CONN. U.S.A.” The left barrel flat is marked “. 22 LONG RIFLE” and with an Eagle logo. The right side of the frame is also marked “1215396”. The underside of the barrel is marked with a “+” inspection mark and “HPS” in an oval.
Barrel Length: The rifled part of the barrel is about 8” in length. The overall length of the barrel, including the muzzle brake, is 7 ½” in length.
Sights / Optics: There is a flat topped square notched target sight dovetailed into the top rear of the barrel. The sight is click adjustable for both elevation and windage. There is a Patridge style blade front sight screwed to the top of the barrel. The sights and the top of the slide have a matte black finish to reduce glare, and the top of the slide is also serrated.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered dark walnut with a prominent thumbrest on the left side. There are brass medallions in the center of each grip embossed with the High Standard “Eagle” logo. There are three shallow bruises in the bottom surface of the right grip. The checkering shows very light wear and is still sharp to the touch. There are no mars in the checkered surface. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and the sides of the slide and frame have a polished blued finish. The top of the slide and the underside, front strap and backstrap of the frame have a matte black finish. The safety and trigger are gold plated and the magazine release is case colored. The markings on the barrel and slide are gold filled. The front strap, backstrap and wide target trigger are serrated, as-is the top of the slide.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its metal finish. The edges of the hole where the barrel is pinned to the frame are slightly distressed. There are a few light handling marks in the left side of the slide and frame and the left barrel flat. There are a few bright marks in the matte serrations in the top of the slide, a few light marks on the back of the slide and frame and a few tiny marks in the trigger guard. The serrations in the slide, front strap and backstrap are sharp. The grip screws and sight adjustment screws are sharp and the markings are clear. The muzzle brake and barrel weight screws are Allen head. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: This trigger on this pistol is adjustable for pull weight via a screw on the back of the frame below the slide. As currently set, the trigger breaks crisply at about 1 lb. 10 ozs. The underside of the barrel is drilled, tapped and there is a long groove down each side of the barrel for attachment of barrel weights, with one weight installed. There is also a muzzle brake installed at the front of the barrel. 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 does comes with one 10 round blued magazine. The magazine shows light wear and its floorplate is marked “HI-STANDARD”. The magazine is in about Fine to Excellent condition. The barrel weight and muzzle brake are included.
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. The Supermatic Trophy was designed as a high-end target pistol with a Patridge front side and a target rear sight adjustable for elevation and windage. It had a trigger that was adjustable for pull weight as well as over-travel, and the barrel was grooved and the underside drilled, tapped and filled for mounting barrel weights and a muzzle brake (This pistol has one of each!). The trigger and safety were gold plated and the lettering on the slide and frame were gold filled. This pistol has a long 8” barrel that is about 9” in total length, including the muzzle brake. This pistol is in about Excellent condition with about 99% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion, and the trigger, as current set, breaks at 1 lb. 10 ozs. This pistol is relatively heavy, and balances well in your hand – all of which alludes to enhancing accuracy. This should make someone an outstanding target pistol that should easily rival most of the newer target pistols being manufactured today.