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Old 06-30-2021, 08:14 PM
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I’m a High Standard dummy and need a little education. I have a little bit of play money coming to me tomorrow. I’m looking at a Duramatic and a SportKing. What the major differences between them? It will not be a collector’s piece, just a 10-25 yard plinker. I don’t expect the same performance as the Supermatic Tournament that I used to have, but don’t have that much okay money.
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Old 06-30-2021, 09:07 PM
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The sport king is the better of the two, the duramatic was called the plinker and was the cheapest that they built.
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Old 06-30-2021, 09:19 PM
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Btdt. At one time I had a modest HS 'collection'; they are all gone now.
The Duramatic has a fine receiver and barrel but the whole grip is old brittle plastic, no metal frame beneath with grip panels attached.
The SportKing is a real gun. Buy it it you must have a HS.
Or consider a Browning Buckmark; I still have mine.
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Old 06-30-2021, 09:48 PM
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I just happen to see your post. I'm selling a Duramatic on GB. The Duramatic has advantages over the Sport King such as lighter weight, cocking indicator and push button mag release. The push button barrel release models can also be a pain to push in and release. BTW the grips on mine are perfect.
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:54 PM
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The lever barrel release is older than the push button release, correct? Is the push button preferred?
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Old 07-01-2021, 01:36 PM
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The lever barrel release is older than the push button release, correct? Is the push button preferred?
Yes, the lever release is older than the push button release. When I was a teenager I got a new Sport King for Xmas, 1954. It had the lever release. I later (much later) learned that the lever release was last made in 1953, so I guess mine was leftover stock. As to which is better, I don't know that there's any significant difference. I've had other High Standards, but don't remember which release type they had. Probably the button.
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Old 07-03-2021, 11:08 AM
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The Duramatic has a fine receiver and barrel but the whole grip is old brittle plastic, no metal frame beneath with grip panels attached.
gcrank1,

I am confused about something. What do you mean by the phrase, "no metal

frame beneath with grip panels attached"? If there is no metal frame, then how

are those panels attached to the pistol? I thought that they would have to be

connected to some part of the steel receiver/frame. I have never seen one of

these pistols up close to know what you are referring to. Please elaborate on

this. Thank you.
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Old 07-03-2021, 04:33 PM
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The whole grip is one molded plastic piece that screws onto the receiver/barrel assembly.
The mag well is cast into it.
Break that aging 'grip' piece and whatchagot? Afaik there are no new ones being made and if there are any a mold made from a good one will be a 2nd generation casting and not fit well (stuff like that never does, ime).
I got rid of mine some 20+ years ago for that very reason.
Ymmv
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:30 PM
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I had the winning bid on a Sport King yesterday on Gunbroker. I also currently hold the high bid on another. Where is a good listing of serial number dates? Looking at the pictures, it’s hard to tell, but looks like G090xx if G000xx is the serial number.
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:34 PM
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Ignore my serial number question. It appears to be 1975.
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Old 07-13-2021, 03:25 PM
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Well, I own a Duramatic and have 2 or 3 barrels for it. I did have issues with the original Bakelite style original grip but I replaced it with a modern remanufactured one. I also have a Sport King and a model A. All are good pistols and I don't deny that the Duramatic was intended as a budget version but interestingly, from both personal experience and from what I've read, it has a few strong points. First and foremost, being a totally different design (striker fired) it evidently is not sociable to Fran cracking and can handle regular high velocity ammo. No need for standard velocity. It's a great knock around, plinking gun that you don't have to baby like the "finer" guns. Trigger pull is nice but not quite as nice as the more expensive versions. I've been told that the barrels are essentially the same quality so accuracy can be quite good. They used to be cheap but last I looked I was a bit shocked at the prices.
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Old 07-13-2021, 07:57 PM
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My first HS was a Duramatic and my last one was a SportKing.
The SportKing is absolutely the better of the two, but Iíd take a Duramatic over any modern pistol, even a Buckmark, which is also a fine pistol.
My SportKing was one of the last year made and itís the entry level Ďbare bonesí model, itís a much nicer trigger than the Duramatic.
But itís all about condition, a VGC Duramatic beats a fair to poor SportKing
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Old 07-29-2021, 09:40 AM
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The Sport King is more desirable and I'd love to have one.

Bought my Duramatic used and took a picture of my first target at ten yards.

I was mainly doing rapid fire to make sure it functioned properly.

My only slow shots were the first and two I took in response to my son asking how accurate is it.

Love this gun and hope to get one of the better High-Standards some day.
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