MANUFACTURING: New Guns from Old Tools

A chromium-plated, .50-calibre aircraft machine gun, Britain-bound, was ceremoniously presented to U.S. Army and British officials last week by High Standard Manufacturing Co. in Hamden, Conn. It was the company's 10,000th gun, produced seven months ahead of schedule with salvaged secondhand machinery — an accomplishment Army Ordnance "didn't believe possible a year ago."

Because Colt's Patent Fire Arms factory in Hartford was bogged down with other orders, High Standard just twelve months ago received a British order for 12,000 such guns. Tiny High Standard had World War I-seasoned talent,* but neither facilities...

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