i would like date of manufacture and estimate of value on the following: high standard double nine, .22 cal, nickel, longhorn emblem, model w100, 5 1/2", serial #897xxx. the gun shoots great. any help would be appreciated. thanks, alan
I recently recieved a Model W-100, "Double Nine" from my Uncle, it was originally the property of my Father, and now it has come to me. This fine revolver has a rather long history in the family. I first fired this pistol, under my Fathers watchful eye, when I was at the ripe old age of 4 years, and I hadn't seen the gun since. However, now that I have reached age 50, it has returned to me.
When Dad passed on, some 40 years ago, my Uncle took possession of the gun, now my Uncle has reached the age of 70, and he has decided to generously pass it on to me. The old Double Nine has become a real connection to Dad, and though the gun is over 50 years old, it still shoots like new.
I have fired the "Single Six" from Ruger, and the .22 "Diamondback" from Colt, but the High Standard Double Nine is still my favorite, I can't say if the reason is that it was "Dads Gun" or if High Standard just made a "Jewel" in the Double Nine, but I feel it may be a bit of both.
thanks for the posts. the gun belonged to my father-in-law. i felt that my brother-in-law or some other relative should have it, but i ended up with it. my 12 year old son loves to shoot it and i will give it to him when he is old enough.
High Standard made some great handguns - some great shotguns, too - and till recently they have been pretty much overlooked, except in cases like this where they have become treasured family heirlooms. They are generally very well designed and well made guns, and I feel fortunate to own one.
A lot of them seem to have stood up well over time and they are favorite guns of a lot of folks. They still mainly get a bad rap, and are usually a bargain to buy used. I'm keeping my eyes open for another later this year.
ADDED: Please see my new post on High Standard .22 speedloaders in "General".. Thanks.