High Standard Model 10

High Standard Model 10

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High Standard Model 10

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The High Standard Model 10 is a recoil operated, semi-automatic shotgun that was manufactured by the High Standard Manufacturing Company of Hamden, CT. It is easily recognized by its bullpup design, rotatable shoulder stock, and integrated flashlight.

History and design

The basic design of the Model 10 shotgun was developed in the late 1950s by Alfred Crouch, a Santa Monica, CA police sergeant. Crouch's goal was to create the ultimate entry shotgun for SWAT and tactical units. His original design used a modified Remington semi-automatic shotgun.

In the mid 1960s, Crouch sold his design to the High Standard Manufacturing Company, who used their Flite King shotgun as the basis for the first model, the 10A. The Flite King was modified by replacing the stock, relocating the trigger assembly, and fitting a three-piece plastic shell around the receiver and first half of the barrel. The rearward piece of the shell provided an attachment point for the rotatable shoulder stock. The lower piece of the shell provided the grip. Since the trigger assembly was moved forward to accommodate the bullpup design, a rod that connected the new and original trigger locations was used to allow minimal modifications to the original Flite King receiver.

Although the standard capacity of the Model 10 is 4 cartridges, there was a magazine tube extension available which would increase the capacity to 6 cartridges.

On the early model, the 10A, the upper plastic section also housed the built-in...
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