Here is an ole “Dick Trick” that many never realized other than the pros. The High Standard’s frame is/was solid under its grip panels. With the grip panels removed, the weapon’s frame retained the same grip purchase. Subsequently, with or without the grip panels, the High Standard was equally controllable when fired. Additionally, with the grip panels removed, the width of the pistol could be reduced considerably. Many an old school detective carried a High Standard derringer as a deep concealment hide-out gun, and often hid one behind a pack of cigarettes due to its extremely flat profile.