High Standard Clone information
Recently saw a forum question about H-S clones and have done some research since purchasing a Mitchell Citation II a few weeks ago. I also have an original H-S Sharpshooter and the Mitchell is the better finished pistol, both externally and internally. Function and accuracy using the Mitchell and H-S mags is perfect. I have read many negative posts, trashing H-S clones and was somewhat apprehensive when I first saw the Mitchell but it called to me from the display case with a like new appearance and a great price, fit and finish are excellent. Some time ago I saw a H-S book in Germany and the author wrote, that after H-S closed a H-S production engineer teamed up with An oil industry engineering company named Pastucek Industries, in Ft. Worth TX and using two state of the art computer controlled milling machines, imported from Germany and using quality materials began producing Mitchell, Stoeger and Fort Worth Firearms (all H-S clones). This production continued until they were sued by a Mr. Aaronstein, who had purchased the H-S named and who also began producing H-S pistols that initially had spotty quality. I'm not sure of the current production quality but the prices are up around S&W mod. 41 levels. The models produced by Pastucek were: Mitchell, Victor II, Trophy II, Citation II, Sharpshooter II, Sport King II, and Olympic I.S.U./ Stoeger: Pro Series 95, 7 1/4"
fluted, 5 1/2 bull and 5 1/2 vented. Am not sure what models were made for Fort Worth Firearms. Hope this information is helpful and if anyone chances upon a H-S clone for a good price, don't hesitate. I'm certainly pleased with my Mitchell.