Also known as the First Model Olympic, the Model GO was the top of the line model offered by Hi Standard in .22 short when it was manufactured beginning in late 1949 and ending December 1950. This is a rare gun. Only approximately 1,200 Model GO's were produced. The model GO has a removable bull barrel, which was offered in two sizes: 4.5" and 6.75". The Model GO came with a specially designed curved magazine, which is a unique feature of the gun. The Model GO has an aluminum slide, which tends to turn purple in color over time. The Model GO left the factory equipped with deluxe walnut Roper style grips.
Charles E. Petty described the Model GO in his book, "High Standard Automatic Pistols 1932-1950" as follows:
"The Model G-O was the first pistol produced in the United States specifically for competition in international rapid fire shooting as done in the Olympic games ... One of the most distinctive features of the G-O was the magazine, which was an unusual curved design. These special magazines required hand fitting for reliable operation and are the only High Standard magazines to be routinely serial numbered to the gun. Production of the G-O began ... in late 1949 and continued in small runs until December 1950 ... Total production of the G-O was only slightly over one thousand two hundred guns." (Petty, p. 76).
This Hi Standard Model GO is in near mint condition. It has a 4.5" barrel and factory walnut Roper style grips. The serial number is 329681. The serial number is marked on the slide and on the gun underneath of the slide. Number 9681 was scratched by hand on the magazine. This Model GO would be in mint condition but for several minor flaws. The blue on the aluminum aluminum slide is beginning to fade. This is common. There are small, almost imperceptible, scratches on the gun. The scratches are are difficult to see. There is a tiny loss of blue underneath of the barrel. Also, there is a small amount of pitting inside of the grooves on the top of the barrel. The flaws do not detract from the overall appearance of the gun.
Attached to this listing is a photo gallery. One of the five photographs shows a grouping of the four Model GO's which I have listed for sale in separate listings on this site. The photograph also shows the special magazines for the guns. Three of the magazines are numbered to the gun. I have included this photograph so that you may compare the gun for sale in this listing to the other three listed for sale. Rember, however, that only one guns is for sale in this listing: Model Go serial number 329681. This pistol is the third in line of the four guns pictured. It is the gun third nearest to the lower left hand corner of the photograph.
The sale of this Model GO is as is with no returns. Please examine the pictures carefully and ask and all questions before offering to purchase.
All state and federal laws will be observed.
Please view my other auctions for additional quality High Standards I am offering for sale, including: three other Model GO's, a model GE, a Model C, a Citation 102 Series, an Olympic Citation 102 Series, an Olympic ISU slant grip Numbered Series, a Trophy 107 Series with two barrels, and a Victor Numbered Series with two barrels and a .22 short conversion kit. Also for sale is an H&K P7K3 and a Winchester 62A gallery gun.
I welcome your questions and all offers. I may consider a trade for a custom rifle such as a Griffin & Howe, a Sedgley, a Niedner, etc. I am partial to rifles chambered in .22 LR. I am interested in the Springfield 1922, 1922 M1, 1922 M1 M2 and rifles manufactured by Mauser, Erma, Geco, etc. whether they are custom rifles or not. If you have a rifle you think may be of interest to me which you are willing to trade for one or more of my guns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would like to hear from you.
Trades will be considered.