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HI-Standard Auto Pistols


Hi-Standard Auto Pistol

From the rare single shot pistol manufactured at the turn of the century, to the exposed hammer H.D. Military, to the latest competition grade models made by the New Hi-Standard Manufacturing Company of Houston Texas, this AGI Armorer's Course covers them all in comprehensive detail. A fascinating look at one of the most successful .22LR Target pistols ever made, the Hi-Standard has a very interesting history, much of which is documented by AGI for the very first time. Other subjects covered include how to determine which method you must use to disassemble a particular model. Using the wrong method can result in permanent damage to the pistol! In addition, basic function and repair is covered along with trigger and safety adjustments. This is one of Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlaps favorite pistols, and his care and expertise in dealing with the subject makes it obvious.

If you want the quick course on how to get the High Standard Auto Pistol apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)

Among the items covered are:

  • Bob gives us a visual and oral history of the Hi-Standard pistol through the use of several different models of these guns and his extensive knowledge of firearms in general
  • The first gun we are shown in the evolution that leads to the design of the Hi-Standard pistol is the Fiala Arms pistol, circa 1920
  • The Fiala Arms pistol becomes known as the Hartford Single-Shot Target Pistol, after the Hartford Arms company was bought by Carl Gustav Swebilius of High Standard 
  • High Standard became successful at manufacturing .22 caliber single shot and auto pistols
  • High Standards product line expanded after WWII, and they brought out the Dura-Matic Pistol, which was a big success. Bob shows us one of these which is in his personal collection
  • They also produced various revolvers and .22 caliber rifles (also shown), which were bought in large quantities by Sears
  • The pistol continued to evolve in its design but the company fell upon hard times and changed hands a few times. The quality of their firearms suffered
  • In the 1990s, a new company, based in Houston, Texas, began to produce high quality versions of these firearms again
Design & Function
  • The design and function of this straight blowback pistol is shown and demonstrated through the use of various models
  • Slides and recoil springs from various models are shown and explained in depth. Their function, as well as removal and reinsertion from and into the receiver, is shown and explained
  • Various fire control and safety systems are shown and explained
  • Hammer and sear operation is shown and demonstrated
  • Trigger adjustments are explained and shown
  • Fire control is further explained
  • The slide stop and ammunition feeding is explained and demonstrated
  • Different magazine designs are shown and explained
  • Extraction and ejection is explained and demonstrated
  • The evolution of magazine designs are shown and compared
  • Firing pin design and function are explained (positive protrusion is defined)
  • The design of this pistol is summarized
  • Complete disassembly is shown and demonstrated on a cutaway Victor model
  • Various models are shown and their differences in disassembly are explained
  • Caution is given when disassembling models with the takedown lever on the right-hand side (the older models with non-takedown barrel), to leave the side plate in place and never take the lever out with the slide on because you will not be able to get the slide off
  • Grips and magazine removal is shown and demonstrated
  • Barrel and slide removal is demonstrated
  • Slide disassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Barrel disassembly information is given
  • Side plate removal is demonstrated
  • Safety and trigger disassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Barrel latch removal is demonstrated
  • Magazine catch removal is explained and demonstrated. Reassembly is discussed
  • Hammer and sear removal is demonstrated
  • Sear spring is discussed
  • Magazine disassembly is shown and demonstrated
Cleaning & Lubrication
  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods are explained, along with the reasons for their use
  • After cleaning, dry with air gun, or in the oven on Warm ~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
  • Lubing the Bob way, and what kind he likes
Reassembly & Troubleshooting
  • The correct order of parts for reassembly is given so that you do not have any parts left over
  • Slide reassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Troubleshooting tips for the extractor are discussed (spring out is explained)
  • Barrel latch reassembly is demonstrated. Problem areas are discussed
  • Trigger reassembly is demonstrated
  • Sear, mainspring and hammer reassembly is demonstrated
  • Trigger bar and safety reassembly is shown
  • Troubleshooting tips for trigger bar and sear are explained in depth
  • Magazine catch reassembly is shown (techniques for easier reassembly are demonstrated)
  • Sear spring tensioner reassembly is shown
  • Slide stop and grips reassembly is demonstrated
  • Final reassembly of slide and barrel are demonstrated
  • Summary

If you noticed how often the terms explanation and demonstration are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any High Standard Pistol owner, or someone who intends to be.

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.