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Think I got an OK deal. No box and only one mag and no barrel weights (already sounding bad :) ).
In any event gun is a East Hampton model with serial SH24565. Fellow forum member had advised me on what serials made up the Houston range and so walked in with that information.
As stated is just a pistol and a magazine.
Took me a while to figure out mag release.
Finish is pretty darn nice. Did look it over for any signs of fractures on the slide. I did not see any.
Price was $750. There was no negotiation as the pistol was on consignment..
Looking forward to trying it out and perhaps finding a weight for it.
No doubt you guys will tell me the folly of my ways on this one which is why we have forums like this.
But after getting my Supermatic and shooting it and being told that the Victor might be even a better target pistol, I took the opportunity to get one.

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After purchase research. Actually read this article last week and did not pickup up on this comment from forum member LDBennett:
"The SH series guns are the very last Hi Std series (with the screw takedown) produced by the dying Connecticut Hi Std company. They took short cuts on some guns. They were fighting for survival, not trying to produce one of the best target pistols of the period. I personally have seen an example of those short cuts and would not buy an SH gun no matter how good the deal was. The one exception is the SH guns marked "10X". Those were made of premium hand selected parts by some of the best Hi Std gunsmiths. They were meant purely for competition.Their performance exceeded even the best of regular production guns. But the finish was bead blasted appearing dull."
 

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The serial number indicates your new Victor was made in 1982. The noticeable slip in quality of finish/fit became more evident in 1983 and 1984. Your gun looks like a nicely finished gun and should serve you well.

The "dreaded" frame crack is most often observed in the right rear corner of the magazine well of the frame. The area can easily be observed with the slide removed. The slides do not generally have a problem with cracks. The frame crack usually is associated with high round count and/or high velocity ammo.
Thanks for the information. I only knew it was made between 81 an d84 (; When I get home today, I plan to take it down and get a better look at it. Plan to take it and my recently repaired supermatic to the indoor range tomorrow after work and compare performance. Hoping the mags interchange pretty well.
 

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Got the pistol home and did a basic take down and clean up. Barrel bore/rifling appears fine. No sign of any frame or slide cracks. Found one screw pretty loose...the screw holding the plate retaining the safety. used blue loctite on any screws removed.
Pretty dirty under the slide.
Looking forward to getting it to the range tomorrow.
Kind of like the use of a take down bolt as opposed to push button or lever. So have one of each method now.
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Not sure where you got the idea that you can not negotiate the price of a consignment item. That's the choice of the deaIer, whether they will bother to contact the owner with an offer since it means they will make less money on the sale. I rarely pay the asking price for them.
In this case, it was the timely negotiation. Gun shop owner said he only saw or talked the gun owner every three weeks or so. In reality I am not much of a negotiator anyway and tend to buy on impulse.
 

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While I may not have chosen a SH (other than the X model) the gun chosen looks nice. That's probably because it was an earlier SH. Remember a few things with any Hi Std target gun:
Use only Standard Velocity ammo (box rated at about 1080 FPS for 40 gr bullet)**
Replace the recoil spring initially and every 10 to 15 thousand rounds there after
Use either the OEM 5.5 pound spring or the variable rate 6 pound Wolff spring
Keep that takedown screw tight
Original mags and Interarms Texas mags are best and Triple K mags are problems
Use Interarms Texas (Alan Aronstein ) for service and parts

For any model after the 107, the location of the factory would be East Hartford or Hamden. Over the years the Connecticut company moved multiple times. But ML and SH models would only have been marked as made in one of those two locations. SH would only be East Hartford.

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** CCI Standard velocity is a relatively inexpensive choice and is the choice of many Bullseye shooters. It is accurate, relatively less expensive, reliable and has been in the past relatively easy to find.
SOMEHOW I managed to delete my last post with details of my first range session.

I was jokingly suggesting to myself after post purchase research discovered the possible err of my ways in acquiring the SH model that some of you super knowledgeable HS guys should create a simple chart for each model indicating best to worst to acquire. For instance, I thought I was doing good not getting a Houston model, not knowing that underneath the East Hartford models there were other preferences.
I used Interarmstx for work on my recently acquired Supermatic (believe it to be first generation built in 1952) and it came bag functioning much better. I plan to see Alan's operation this Friday when I am in Houston for Thanksgiving and want to go by there and buy some mags for the Victor.
Definitely was told about the SV over higher velocity ammo and have a special ammo box just for SV and lower velocity - tried some 700FPS for grins, not much use in a semi. There is a lot of CCI in there, but wanting to try others. For instance when shooting my Supermatic the other day had best overall performance with Federal Match. Thinking my higher velocity ammo will only be used in my bolt action/lever action rifles and us SV for my pistols including my new Mark IV Lite. My single six might see some high velocity stuff.
 

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Kind of rehash my first range experience with the Victor. Kind of put it up against my new to me Supermatic.
First off, both pistols are whole lot more accurate than I can ever hope to be. Would be a joy to see a marksman shoot these things.
Me, mehhh, a 63-year-old with corrected vision has his limitations.
The Victor would not use my Supermatic magazines and worked so-so with some mags I had for my Sport King (had it since the sixth grade - but not necessarily the mags).
All errors were failure to feed and usually the projectile stuck in to the top of the barrel chamber. I had a few that would not go in full battery. No FTEs or the like. Just failure to feed. Only one or two "light strikes." I shot about 150 rounds per gun. Mostly CCI SV. Some federal Match and another SV variety I had in my box.
Of course at 15 yards, my accuracy was pretty good. At 20 yards, still not bad and at 25 it kind of sucked. Might consider a different set of sights for the Victor.
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My Thanksgiving is be spent 21 miles from the Interarms facility. Friday, today, they were open.
Grabbed my Victor, set the nav system and drug my happy behind down to this nondescript facility. The Victor stayed behind as Alan and his crew will go through it. One of my magazines was definitely suspect. Alan identified an imperfection in the barrel face that will be remedied along new springs.
To my surprise I found out they are still making Victors (and others). He handed me the nearly finished, next off the line unit while touring their work area. Odds are I will take it and it will become a 2022 High Standard Victor in my collection. Gotta break that to my wife later.
 
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