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Old 03-18-2013, 12:12 PM
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Default Star Model B Range report

Background: I recently picked up a Star Model B from Aim Surplus (http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.as...ol&groupid=254). It was built in Spain in 1943, sold to Bulgaria while they were part of the Axis Powers, and it was captured and re-blued in the Soviet Union.

Condition: For it being over 70 years old, it was in great condition. The original markings are a bit faded on the frame, but the flaming bomb on the frame, slide, and barrel stand out. The Soviets’ re-bluing is in really good condition but has turned the ejector and barrel linkage purple. Another thing I found remarkable for a re-arsenaled weapon was that all the serial numbers matched (frame, slide, barrel, and scratched into the magazine). After cleaning, I checked for functionality and everything functioned very well. The safety was a little sticky, but all other functions performed well.

I took it out to the SD police gun club outdoor 25 yard range to test it out with Aguila 9mm 124grn FMJ rounds. The magazine is long for Parabellum ammo and gave me a little trouble when I was loading it as it wanted to drift to the front of the magazine. This also caused a few feeding problems when loaded with 8 rounds (full capacity). The Mod B feels and weighs a lot like a 1911, but is a bit thinner. It took a few rounds to find a good spot for my trigger finger to get comfortable. It’s heavy for a 9mm which makes the recoil less than a Sig P250 9MM and the 9mm make it less than a 1911 45. It has a spur hammer but there was no bite from it. The trigger pull was not too heavy and broke cleanly and consistently with a reset similar a Berretta M9 service pistol. After about 30 rounds of warm up shooting for both me and the pistol I was comfortable with the grip, sight picture and recoil. The light recoil aided in the quick target acquisition for controlled rapid fire (one shot a second) and hit all 8 rounds on a standard NRA rapid fire 25 yard target with one round on black. I then shot two more magazines to get the general accuracy of the pistol making all on target with 5 in the black. As mentioned before the only reliability issue was due to the long magazine; speculation online suggest that the magazine was designed to hold 9mm Largo.

I grew up shooting 1911’s and have a thing for surplus weapons. I have shot the Berretta M9, a Glock 17, and Sig P250 and have to say that I prefer the Model B. It functions beautifly and recoil is very easy on the hands. Parts are hard to find but that just gives me an excuse to buy a second one.

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Old 03-18-2013, 1:08 PM
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Other than that nicely done.
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Old 03-18-2013, 1:27 PM
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Other than that nicely done.
I agree
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Default Here are the pics

Here are the pics. I broke down my Model 80 Colt 1911 for comparison. The Star is on the Left, Colt on the right.
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Old 03-18-2013, 3:04 PM
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The last 9 rounds of the day.
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Nice. I like the side by side tear down shot.
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Old 03-18-2013, 8:51 PM
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Nice weapon. I have a 30M and love it. It is a heavy well balanced weapon. I am the second owner. Do you know where I can pick up spare parts like a barrel, springs, magazine kits. I would appreciate any info.
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Thanks for sharing, I always wanted a Star model B, BM or PD. My uncle-in-law owns a Star S/I which I hope to acquire one day.
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The two options I have found is keep an eye out for parts on gun broker and buy a second pistol for parts.

This sight has some info

http://star-firearms.com/info/mags.shtml
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I was amazed at how similar the slides were. The star looks like they took a 1911 .45 slide and shrunk it to fit 9mm. The Frame feels the same but the parts function differently. The biggest difference is the trigger pivots, doesnít slide back like the 1911.
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Old 03-19-2013, 9:13 AM
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First time I saw one at my FFL I thought it was a 1911, then looked at the tag and it said 9mm largo and Star. Pretty neat gun.
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Old 03-19-2013, 3:26 PM
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My Star b is a 1943 also...


I wish it was more reliable, but my guns are range toys so it doesn't matter all that much. I like the ergonomics of the gun and it's accurate. I shoot all my pistols from the bench once a year and this piece always surprises me.

I have big hands, and I have to be careful of the hammer.

Info on Spanish Pistols, here...
http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdis...h-Pistol-Board
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I like the BM well enough. It isn't nearly as accurate as a modern platform like a CZ. But it's not bad for its generation. I'm glad I got one to try just so I could learn what previous generations had to work with. Still think I'll probably sell it eventually.
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I LOVE my 30M...
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:34 AM
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I just bought one but haven't picked it up yet. Your chambering might be 9mm Largo. It's slightly longer than 9MM Parabellum (luger). That's what is marked on my gun. Ammo is hard to find. I'll post a photo when I pick it up next week. These early guns are well made.
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My star is barreled for 9mm Luger.

Sarco has 9mm Largo according to there shotgun news ad.
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Nice... very nice.. classic look
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