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Old 06-17-2019, 5:04 PM
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Hey All!
I inherited an older High Standard Sport King and am trying to ID the gun.
I found a list of date codes, but the serial number on mine doesn't have any letters. Based on a few other people posting serial numbers on other forums posts I am guessing it's around 1951 to 1952???

Any information on this pistol would be appreciated, including any historical comments

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Old 06-17-2019, 8:25 PM
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Some other places to look:

Take a look around here:

http://www.histandard.info/

Ask in the HS Forum on Rim Fire Central:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...splay.php?f=49
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back the slide and look at the barrel. If it is flat you likely have a second model. If the slide is recessed to fit a barrel with a breach that extends into the slide, you probably have a first model Sport King. The date range you cited sounds like a first model. My experience with the first model is they cannot be safely dry fired without a snap cap or other means of preventing the firing pin from striking the breach face.
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Flyer898,

Would that make the gun a model 101? It looks like there is indeed a recess for the barrel and a little notch for the firing pin so it doesn't slam into the breach.

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The model 101 has a flush breech and is a Supermatic with adjustable sights. I note from the photos the serial number appears to be only on the slide. All three of the first and third model Supermatics I have owned have been numbered this way. But the first model Sport King I recently sold also had the same serial number on the frame partially covered by the grip. I do not have an explanation. My S-103 made in 1960 has the serial number on the frame.
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At the first link ol shooter gave you, email John Stimson with the pics, he'll have the whole history on your gun.
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At the first link ol shooter gave you, email John Stimson with the pics, he'll have the whole history on your gun.
From memory no doubt. A genuinely nice guy who really knows his stuff. He posts often on Gunbroker and answers on the "Experts" sub-forum.
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Thank you all for the help.
I reached out to John, hopefully he is still checking that e-mail
I will post here with any information he gives me just in case someone is curious.
I also posted on RimfireCentral and they say the gun is older than a 101 and is a "Lever Name" series, which makes it a very early Sport King as I had thought, somewhere between 1950 and 1954.
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I have one that looks identical to yours, serial number on the slide is 345XXX. My Dad bought it for my Mom at Sears sometime between 1953-1955. It has the short barrel and a long 6 3/4" (?) barrel as well. I had to have the breech face smoothed and the firing pin replaced as it was undoubtedly dryfired quite a bit, especially since the slide does not lock back on an empty mag. It is amazingly accurate and the trigger is fantastic.

I think the notch in the breech face is for the extractor. The firing pin is at the top of the recess.

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