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Old 08-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #11
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Nothing wrong with Star pistols. I still have three. A nice shooting BKM 9mm (would not part with it), Firestar .40 and a Firestar .45. Both Firestars have been 100% reliable and accurate, well built, all steel, but a tad on the heavy side for their size. But I guess that's not always a bad thing.


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I had a star BM 9mm (before it was stolen! Grrrrr) and I loved it. It would feed anything a fed it and it shot its best group with 147 golden sabers. I changed the sight out and carried regularly. Why pay for a Springfield EMP or other high priced 9mm compact when you have an affordable reliable 9mm 1911 minus the grill safety.

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I have quite a few Spaniards. As above, the Stars re great pistols, solid, reliable, accurate, usually with a great trigger.
They have the 1911 look and feel with better lockwork IMO.
Astra pistols are also excellent, though the designs are sometimes ...different. Look for an A75L for a nice carry pistol.
I also have quite a few Llamas. They were built over a period of about 80 years. I have some early small-frame pistols that look just like a M1911 in 3//4 scale, with equivalent quality -very nice pistols. They did have a few decades where they fell behind in quality control, then brought in CNC equipment and fixed that.
My rule on llamas is, if it has a slide rib, I'm suspicious. The taller the rib, the more so. the earlly pistols had smooth slides, then the rib appeared in the 1950s. Around 1997 that rib disappeared, and there were some nice Llama pistols made - 9mm, .40. .45, plus the small-frame .22 .32 .380s.
By the way, all Spanish pistols have a date code on the frame. Google "Spanish pistol date codes" for a chart.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #14
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My favorites in the brood, by miles!!! Firestar M43 & M45!



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I'd be very interested in adding more, like a PD, if it weren't for the fact that parts are EXTREMELY hard to find!

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I just acquired a LLama MAX ll Haven't even had a chance to shoot it yet.

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Shhhhhhhhhhhhish.............it's a secret!

I love shooting my Star model B but its NO 1911!



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Here's a few Llamas. The small ones on the right are 380s from the 1940s

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Here are some Stars:



Probably need to take some new pics, the collection has grown.

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I have a friend who buys every Star PD he can find. (bought one from me too)

I got the one I had in a multi-gun buy, knowing nothing about them, and I really liked it. The only reason I sold it is I don't like having firearms that parts are hard to find. Also my buddy begged me for it and overpaid like the dickens.

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I have a llama micro max .380 had to do some trigger work but now its a good little gun.

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