Forgotten Weapons Takes on the High Standard 10B

Nathan S
by Nathan S

“…The most tacti-cool shotgun I could find prior to 1980!” proudly cliams Ian from our beloved Forgotten Weapons. The 10B is a bullpup semi-automatic shotgun built by the High Standard company designed by a private individual police Sergeant Alfred Couch.

Innovative features include a swiveling stock for (slightly more) ergonomic weapons manipulation and a mount which is arguably the forerunner of the picatinny flashlight. Not so innovative features include flip-up iron sights, a carry handle that gets in the way, and unreliable operation (at least with the example Ian was filming).


Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Fruitbat44 Fruitbat44 on Oct 22, 2015

    Interesting little video on an interesting little concept. I wonder if the gun in the video was the proverbial lemon, or if it's typical of the standard of reliability of M10. If so . . .

    However it worked well enough for Richard Roundtree in the 1972 movie 'Shaft's Big Score.' I don't recall much of the movie, but I do recall the M10 looking pretty darn cool.

    • Ostiariusalpha Ostiariusalpha on Oct 22, 2015

      @Fruitbat44 Since they all had their triggers constructed the same way, it is very likely they all would eventually develop the same problem. A little welding would fix the loose pin problem in a nice, permanent fashion.

  • Ted Unlis Ted Unlis on Oct 22, 2015

    I remember the first time I saw a 10B at Wald Police Supply in Dallas TX, of course it was just another gun I wished I could own but couldn't possibly afford on the $895 a month salary I existed on in the early 80's. For Officers who worked the night shift, the 10B seemed like the perfect solution for weapon to wield on a hot call at 3 in the morning.

    I remember that the attractive feature of combining a good flashlight and shotgun all in one package was considered ground breaking innovation and cutting technology in a time when the personally owned on duty arsenal for a majority of officers was one gun, a revolver, usually a Model 19 S&W along with the occasional Model 29 and less common Model 57, most Departments furnished a Rem 870 or Win 1200 pump shotgun that was assigned to and stayed in the same patrol car all its working life and was usually well worn and beat to hell, and if you had a personally owned patrol rifle chances are you had a Marlin lever action 30-30, or maybe a Marlin lever action carbine in 357 or 44 mag with an occasional in 444 Marlin.

    I also remember that the all in one flashlight/shotgun innovation was exactly why many Departments forbid their officers from carrying the ahead of its time High Standard bullpup shotgun on patrol after reports surfaced alleging that some officers who availed themselves of the 10B found it handy for flashlight use on routine traffic stops and service calls.

    Never saw it personally, but do I believe that at least a few officers of that bygone era couldn't resist the urge to bear their shiny new way cool flashlight/shotgun combo when ever possible? Absolutely, but you should understand that early to mid 20's was the average age of an Officer in many Dept's during the early 80's, Houston PD hired 19 year olds and DPS hired 20 year olds, most of whom were of course 10ft tall and bulletproof the first few years on the job.

    I recall vividly our old school small town East Texas Police Chief updating SOP and banning the 10B because there was no way in hell he was going to have to explain to the City Council why a citizen was asked for their drivers license on a traffic stop while staring down the business end of a flashlight/shotgun. I don't know if it was an IACP initiative or what, but I know that a lot of Chiefs of Police in Texas, big town and small, banned the 10B for carry on patrol not long after the seemingly space age weapon hit the market..