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As of late, I've become extremely interested in picking up a Star Model B, but I just can't get a real idea of their size--are they the same size as a Government Model 1911, or are they scaled down? (Although I'm a little less interested, how do the BM's compare to a Commander?)

Also, I see differences in the lower portion of the grips on some models (even though they are all called "B"s--some are straight, similar to a 1911, and others have a small "bump at the bottom (almost as though it was meant to hold your pinky on the grip). I like the straight version--how can I be sure that is the model I would be getting? (assuming, for instance, I was picking it up sight unseen)

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Hello. They are about the same length as a Gov't Model, but they are not so thick and feel more "graceful" to me, for lack of a better term. All of the ones I've seen have had the swell at the bottom of the grip strap.

Though they definitely resemble the great Browning 1911 pistol externally, internally there is quite a bit of difference though both the Model B and the 1911 use the swinging link on the bbl. (The Model B Super does not use the link.)

The Model BM is smaller than a Commander, both in length and thickness, but is still a belt gun rather than a pocket pistol.

I remain extremely fond of these older Star pistols, but offer the caveat that spare parts are becoming more and more difficult to find with each passing year.

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Thanks for the info.

Are they the same thickness as the slide of a Hi Power?

Is the difference in shooting each of them comparable to the difference between shooting a Commander and a full sized Government (noticable flip in the Commander)?

Here are a couple links to sales on Gunsamerica that show wartime Star Model B's with the straight grip strap like a 1911--maybe that's the distinction--wartime Star's didn't have the swell?

http://www.gunsamerica.com/classifieds/none/_976805690.aspx

http://www.gunsamerica.com/classifieds/none/_976828625.aspx

http://www.gunsamerica.com/classifieds/none/_976830003.aspx (They call this one an "SA", but I'm pretty sure they're confusing the markings, and that it's actually a B)
 
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I, too, have and like Star autos. It's too bad Star is no longer with us.

You must be very careful with the older Star M1911 semi-clones, as they do not have inertial firing pins like the M1911. A blow to the hammer when it is in the all-the-way-down, uncocked position can set off a round in the chamber.
 
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I have a BM that I absolutely love. It is a very accurate gun, and carries quite well. the gun is more different than the 1911 than like it. I discovered this after a detail strip before I refinished it. I will say that it is put together very nicely.
 
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