Thank you Mr. Camp. I am well familiar with your writings and website.Hello. Since about 1969 or '70, there's been at least one STAR handgun in my collection. Though I own other guns that shoot tighter and are considerably more expensive, I have had really good results with several of the STAR models.
I did shoot on 9mm BKM to pieces but this took about a year with LOTS of hot rounds, I'd estimate about 7500 minimum and this was when I (foolishly) handloaded well beyond the manuals.
Over the years I've owned quite a few Model BM STAR pistols along with other models and sometimes I'd trade them off but seemed always to wind up with another; I just like the little things. More than a few times during the winter months, a cocked-and-locked STAR Model BM was a BUG under my police uniform jacket.
At the present time, this is my sole STAR Model BM. I removed the magazine disconnect and bobbed the hammer spur to eliminate hammer bite. I also coldblued the bare shiney steel of the bbl visible in the ejection port. Other than that, it is stock. I seldom carry it these days, but it has served well as a "loaner" for folks doing their firearm qualifications for Texas' CHL requirements.
If interested, here's an article on the STAR Model BM that I did a few years ago:
Looks great! I've always read good stuff about them here and there and on Steve's site too. Very nice looking gun.A few months back I found a Star BM at my local dealer that was a nice looking 9mm, however, I didn't know anything about the Star pistols, and didn't know what to look for, so I ask on this board and got several helpful replies, I went and bought it because of those recommendations, and have never looked back, it is a sweet shooting pistol and at $200 I don't know how you can go wrong.
A member of this board even sent me a spare magazine, a manual in Spanish & English and the little tool that originally came with the hard case, I already had the cleaning rod and the green hard case the Star BM came in; so now thanks to this forum and its members I have a complete set up for the Star BM, I'm very thankful.
nbender,Papabear, now that is a beautiful photograph.
You're from Kentucky? I'm sort of suprised that the rocks look like mostly fine-grained granodiorites - or volcanics even; and quartzites. I look at the pistols and the rocks wherever I go; it looks like I need a trip to Kentucky to see what's going on there.