About the Manufacturer:
In 1926 this engineering company was formed in Connecticut to make gun-barrel drills. The company bought the manufacturing assets of the defunct Hartford Arms & Equipment Co. in 1932 which allowed High Standard to enter the handgun business by simply putting the Hartford design back into production under a new name. Improving on the Hartford design, the company quickly gained a reputation for accuracy. During World War II commercial production was suspended while they manufactured military training pistols as well as pistols fitted with silencers for clandestine military use. They resumed commercial operations after the war but stiff competition from foreign imports put them out of business by 1985. In 1993, High Standard Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Houston, Texas acquired the company assets and trademarks perpetuating the Hi-Standard name and reputation on to present day.
About the Cartridge:
The Stevens Arms Co. developed the .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge from the .22 Long cartridge case developed 16 years earlier, with a 40 grain round nose bullet loaded to a higher velocity than the older 29 grain .22 Long bullet. Modern .22 Long Rifle High Velocity cartridges drive a 40 grain copper-plated bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1255 fps and muzzle energy of 140 ft-lbs from a rifle barrel. This rimfire cartridge has become the most popular sporting and target shooting cartridge in the world.