Over the years, guns have passed through my hands. Some have remained, others, kept passing. One that fell into my lap a good while ago is a super heavy, all-steel rimfire pistol. Its name is the Sport King. Moreover, in my experience, its name is deserved.
Founded in 1926 and run by Swedish firearms designer Carl Gustav Swebilius, High Standard purchased the Hartford Arms and Equipment Company and began making .22 caliber pistols in the 1930s. Starting with their Model A and Model B designs they offered their new semi-autos to the public at a price that made them an up and comer in the cash strapped Depression era.
In 1940, they moved forward with what was to become their most popular model for the next twenty years, the H-D. This gun, made for the military as a target and training piece (and believe it or not, used by the OSS and later CIA as an assassination weapon, when coupled with an efficient suppressor), was the staple of the HS line for years.
Well by the 1950s, the HD had been put to pasture. Its replacement was the so-called Lever Name series of 22LR semi-automatic pistols, the Field King, Supermatic, Olympic, and (wait for it) Sport King.