SOLD FOR: $1,236.00
Make: High Standard
Model: 1980 Olympic Commemorative
Serial Number: USA0571 (There were only 1000 of this model made.)
Year of Manufacture: 1980 (This pistol is on the BATF C&R List.)
Caliber: .22 Short
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left frame flat is marked OLYMPIC” and the left barrel flat is marked “.22 SHORT” and with a trigger logo. The left side of the slide is marked “HIGH STANDARD” and the right side is marked with five intertwined Olympic rings. The right frame flat is marked “USA0571” and the right barrel flat “HIGH STANDARD INC / E. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. All of the previous markings are gold filled. The top front of the slide on the left side is marked “A0571”.
Barrel Length: The barrel length, including the integral muzzle brake is 6 ¾” in length. The sides of the barrel are grooved for attachment of barrel weights.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade with a serrated ramped base which is screwed to the top of the muzzle brake. The rear sight is a flat topped square notched target sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is mounted to a bracket screwed to the rear of the frame so that the slide moves under the bracket without the sights moving.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with a prominent smooth thumbrest on the left grip. The checkering is sharp to the touch and without mars. The smooth top of the left grip shows no marks. The grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and the sides of the slide and frame have a bright blued finish. The top of the slide and the underside of the frame, front strap and backstrap have a matte black finish. In addition, the front strap and backstrap are sharply stippled. The trigger, safety, and magazine release are gold plated.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99+% of its metal finish. There are a very few very light marks in the surfaces with a shallow ding in the right frame flat. The stippling and slide serrations are sharp. The markings are clear and the grip screws are sharp. The gold filling in the lettering is starting to fade. Overall, this handgun rates in about Near Mint condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is adjustable for overtravel and is adjustable for pull weight via a screw at the back of the frame. As currently set, the trigger breaks crisply at 2 lbs. 9 ozs. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 10 round blued magazine and two barrel weights. The magazine shows light thinning and a few handling marks. It is in about Excellent condition. The barrel weights are blued with a few light marks on their sides and tiny marks through the finish on their underside edges. They are in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: High Standard adapted their high-end target pistols for use with .22 Short cartridges in the 1950’s for use in Olympic rapid-fire competition, which was dominated by European pistols at the time. In 1960, Bill McMillan used his High Standard Olympic model to win the rapid-fire competition at that year’s Olympics, and later High Standard wanted to introduce a special series of pistols to commemorative McMillan’s achievement. One thousand 1980 Olympic Commemoratives were made in their own serial number sequence. They had stippled backstraps and front straps, integral muzzle brakes on the barrels, gold filled lettering including 5 Olympic rings on the slide and gold-plated small parts. This pistol is in about near Mint condition with 99+% of its original metal finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. In addition to its integral muzzle brake on the barrel, it comes with two weights mounted on the barrel. With this nice of a finish, and with only 1000 of these having been made, it is certain to end up in a high-end target pistol collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.
There is an error in the description. The pistol DOES NOT come with a 10 round magazine. It comes with a 5 round magazine as pictured