Gunfight Friday: Browning Challenger vs. High Standard Supermatic

This week we've got .22 pistols. Scott in Illinois, whose Colt S&W 17 K22 lost out to the Ruger Single Six in a previous fight, gets another chance this week--and not only because I think he was robbed the first time around. Scott is lucky enough to own not one but two great old .22 handguns, and his High Standard goes up against jhjimbo's aptly named Browning Challenger.

Jhhimbo's Browning Challenger
My .22 Browning Challenger was made in Belgium. It was purchased in 1965, and I shot on a pistol team in school with this gun. I also used it for squirrels and other small game. Lately I have been shooting in bowling-pin competitions with it at the local club. I estimate it has fired at least 30,000 rounds. I cannot remember the last time it failed to function.

Scott in Illinois' High Standard Supermatic
I cannot remember not having the High Standard pistol in my houses a kid. It was made in the mid-late '60s, and I remember handling the gun as a child--so that's got to be 1972 or so. The grips were made out of walnut and have an interesting piece of sapwood in them. I think it adds personality. It is a beautifully made gun put together like a watch. The trigger is perfect and it sits in my hand like no other. It would be nearly impossible to build a pistol that is any easier to clean and care for. Parts and magazines are still being made for these pistols, and you can get a whole spring kit from Brownells. Many younger guys will compare their Ruger and Browning to these older High Standards. While they are good pistols, they just don't have the soul.

Besides having the cooler name, the High Standard Supermatic has a bull barrel for those who prefer a heavier contour. The Challenger has a lighter barrel, maybe more suitable for sneaking around the woods after small game. Otherwise it's hard to choose between them, but that's what we do on Gun Fight Friday--so go ahead and vote for the one you like best. And, keep the gun pictures coming to FSgunnuts@gmail.com.