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Hello. Count me among the fans of the now defunct line of STAR handguns. At the current time I own and shoot a Model B, BM, and 28. These have proven to be pretty nice handguns for the money spent. Sadly, spare parts can be an issue now but still, the guns seem to have fans.

Are you one or might consider owning a handgun(s) from STAR?


This Model B was purchased from the last overrun available that was sold in the US. I bought it after foolishly letting my first one get away decades earlier. The pistol has been loads of fun and this one's had a bit a custom work done on it.

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I've owned a FireStar_M40 since the first ones came out in the very early 90's. Just after I got it I had it completely "Combat Customized". Right now I've got around $1,200 wrapped up in it.

I'm in the process of posting some pictures of it on my web site.. so it will be a little while before I can post the URL.

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Hi there Stephen,

As I have mentioned in several threads, I purchased a Star Model BM and shot it quite extensively after I got it cleaned up. It is a Century International Arms, Ltd import.

I like the Star BM for its compact size and single column magazine. It is an excellent carry gun. Finding a proper fitting holster was a problem and I resorted to buying a belt slide style holster.

Back in January, when my step son needed a firearm for concealed carry, I bought him a Star Model BM for his birthday. He loved the little compact 9mm.

I bought all of the spare parts I could find from http://www.egunpartscorp for the BM including a spare firing pin, extractor, spring and ect. I also found a set of checkered walnut grips that are gourgeous.

Thank you Stephen. Were it not for the article that you had written, I would never known about these delightful compact 9mm.

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Hello all,

I'm the happy owner of an old Star Modelo B, made in 1943. I traced the number and found that it had been sold during WWII to Bulgaria: fascist Spain was backing the nations fighting the Reds, it even sent a division of "volunteers" ("division Azul") that was finally cut in pieces on the north-east front.

The gun is pretty worn - it surely has seen some events before resting in a gunhandler's showcase in Geneva! - the barrel bushing is very lose and the slidestop tends to go out after a few rounds. FTF are recurrent, as the numbered magazine is too deep for 9 mm para. Looks like Star didn't made a difference between 9 para and 9 largo... But the trigger is very good and I appreciate how it has been simplified over the Browning design: it's crude but works very well. The grip is also very comfy for me.

As a piece of history, it's a keeper.

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My wife has a firestar 9mm, I used to make fun of it as a piece of junk, then, wanting to make sure that it was a reliable weapon, I stole it one day and shot 400 rounds of ammo out of it.

What I found out was that the firestar was a reliable, reasonably accurate and fun to shoot little gun. I also really like the operation of thumb safety, lifting the hammer off of the sear and the hammer in place directly seems like it is intuitively a better design than the sear block safety.
 

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Yep im on my third BM!
I love them Star BMs.
Mine is LNIB too.
Cost me $100 more than my last two though but its a beauty. I neeed so me differnt grips may try a new fella that has some affordable ones for the Stars.
Ill try and grab pic of it latter to post!
 
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Yes, I have now owned a Star Super B for the last 3-4 years. It is sturdy and possesses some very nice, make that up to date, features. Accuracy is quite good, and it is also a good sub caliber platform for my favored 1911's. It was well worth the money.

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Stephen and all,

I've owned several STAR Pistols and firearms. Quality was good and price right. My 9mm Firestar NEVER failed to function, although spare mags were $43 per copy! Chunky little devil, but hell for stout...sorry to see it discontinued.

You didn't mention the best STAR Pistol. The STAR PD in .45 ACP. A lightweight officers style way ahead of it's time.

Most fun STAR? My M63 SMG! Cool factor was way high...

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my favorite star pistol is the pd. i've owned a bunch of them dating back to when they were first sold in the 70's. i've never found a sa .45 to be as reliable out of the box as the star pd. the one i have has custom grips by hakan.

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Nice Mod B Steve. Back in the early 90's I owned a Firestar, and Mod 30M. Kick myself for selling them. Stars are very robust and well made pistols, completely under rated for the price and quality you receive. Finding spare parts was always a problem.
 
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Not quite a B, not a B Super , mine is a BS , South African Army issue at one stage, dunno how these got out into the open market but mine has the M in U marks on it.
My collector friend also has one identical, as well as a Star FR .22lr pistol.
Not bad guns, pretty unreliable in army use, at one stage I could draw one when doing certian trips.
When we shot them, some would jam every two or three magazines, mine shot ok , think the magazine was the key.
Rumour has it they were originally made to fire the longer 9mm types, and converted to 9mm Para later, hence the excessive play on the round in the magazine (front to back) and the jamming.
The one I own now is also reliable, although its the only gun that regularly bites my hand, I dont suffer from Hi-Power bite or PPK scrape, just Star pinch.
 
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Actually, none at the moment, but I have fond memories of two Star PDs and a 45 Calilber Firestar. Good pieces all. Wish I still had a PD. I just don't wish it enough to hunt one down and pay for it. ::)
 

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I got my BKM quite by surprise. Seems my father had picked one up some time before he died, and did not tell my mother of the purchase. She was going through a dresser drawer some ten years after his passing, and ran across the pistol.

I find it a pleasant pistol to shoot, though it does seem to have a louder report, and a bit more recoil than my FM/FN Hi-Power. I have yet to find a holster that fits it properly.
 
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I own a Star Starfire (not Firestar!) as pictured in this review (not in english, sorry) http://bgno.net/kim/star.htm . It's a small .380 of their DKL series.

The Stars are of good technical design, and often suprisingly accurate right from the box, but in general they suffer from the use of far too soft metal.
 
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Put me down for a Star BM, I have a number of semi-autos and revolvers but this little sweetie is my favorite concealed carry (I have a license to CC in Florida) and I carry it every day. Never had to even consider using it but the confidence it brings is irreplaceable. Am looking hard for some spare parts just in case, anyone help here? I tried the URL mentioned above but get a blank on that one. I shoot the BM regularly and have never had a problem with the Remington 9mm luger hollow points, have a spare mag which i found going through a gun shops catch all box ($10) and love the way the BM shoots, it is quite accurate at 50 ft, deadly at 25 ft and quite handy when drawn from the middle of the back, left hand (which presents the grip to the right hand when behind you) inside the belt, holster. Over the years I have tried various CC weapons, ankle, belt and shoulder but found this one to be my favorite.
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I have a a Star BM and I find it to be a very nice little pistol. Mine is surprisingly accurate, and 100% reliable with quality ammo. (Some WWwhite box sux). I think they are a wonderful bargain, and even tho I keep hearing parts are scarce, I had no trouble getting a "spare" firing pin from www.bobsgunparts.com.

You can't beat the price, and they are fun to plink with.......

Getcha' one!

JP
 
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