Extremely Rare High Standard O.S.S. Silenced Pistol

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Extremely Rare High Standard O.S.S. Silenced Pistol


Cal. 22 lr
S# 128611 (Pistol & suppressor)

Bbl 8″

Since the May 1, 1960 Soviet downing of US CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, from his U-2 high altitude reconnaissance jet while flying deep in Russian territory over the Ural Mountains, the CIA “Secret spy pistol” has no longer been a secret. When the Soviets found it in his cockpit survival case they convicted him of espionage.

The High Standard HD w/ integral suppressor has been an item of lore for a very long time, eventually covered in books including “OSS Special Weapons & Equipment – Spy Devices of WWII” by H. Keith Melton, and more recently, on the world wide web. This is an absolutely amazing find. Pistol is a High Standard Model HD, parkerized in finish.

Right side of frame marked ” PROPERTY OF U.S.” above flaming bomb ordnance stamp, just rear of barrel. Suppressor measures 8″ & stamped at 6 O’clock; “AVS AHF INC FAYETTEVILLE, NC / MODEL HDM CAL 22 SN 128611”. Suppressor serial number matches pistol, which weighs in at 2# 13oz unloaded. Left side of receiver stamped; “MADE IN U.S.A. / THE HIGH STANDARD MFG CO. / NEW HAVEN CONN / PATENT PENDING / .22 CAL / LONG RIFLE”. Pistol receiver is marked w/ serial number on front side of pistol grip. Low profile front blade sight w/ drift adjustable rear sight. External hammer w/ serrated hammer spur. Thumb safety on left side. Mag release located on bottom of pistol grip.

MAGS:1 steel 10 rd. 



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