High Standard Firearms was an American manufacturer of firearms, based in Houston, Texas. The company was founded in Hamden, Connecticut in 1926 as a supplier to the numerous firearms companies in the Connecticut Valley. It went out of business in 2018.
In the spring of 1993, High Standard of Houston, Texas acquired the company assets and trademarks, as well as the .22 target pistols. These original assets were transferred from Connecticut to Houston, Texas in July 1993. The first shipments of Houston manufactured pistols began in March 1994.
High Standard target pistols are manufactured in a variety of models in .22 Short and .22 Long Rifle chamberings for use in competition. One selling point is the similarity in grip angle and manual safety location to the M1911A1 series, a pistol common in service pistol competition.
A variant of the World War II-era High Standard target pistol was used as the basis for the High Standard HDM suppressed military model used by the Office of Strategic Services and later the US Military and Central Intelligence Agency.