Mitchell Citation II
Mitchell Arms Company made clones of the old High-Standard .22 rimfire
pistols back in the 1990s. Originally they were marked with both the
Original HS model name and the "High-Standard" name. A dispute
regarding use of the "High-Standard" name ensued and in 1994 the name
"High-Standard" was dropped from production pistols.
in the photograph was purchased in 1993 or early 1994. It is superbly
accurate. These pistols can be very finicky about what ammunition they
will and will not feed. With the right ammo they run without a hitch. A
problem for me has been the plastic magazine base. The mag base is also
the mag retaining catch, and as such there is a little stress on it.
Over the years one of my mag bases simply broke into two pieces.
Replacement parts are not easily obtained, so I machined new bases out
of brass stock. After a bit of hand-fitting they work well, and I do
not think they will break on me! The extra weight of the brass as
opposed to the original plastic helps the empty magazine to drop free
of the pistol when released; this helps speeding up reloads in .22
combat pistol matches.
pistols were made in several variations and barrel lengths. I neat
feature is that the barrel can be removed and replaced with a different
one by simply depressing the take-down button that is visible at the
front of the frame, just above and ahead of the trigger guard. This
example sports the 5.5" bull barrel. It is a target pistol, and a
pretty good one.