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Old 09-04-2012, 09:46 PM   #21
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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.
The only real consumable is the recoil buffers. Those are now available in the aftermarket for cheap.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #22
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Shhhhhhhhhhhhish.............it's a secret!

I love shooting my Star model B but its NO 1911!
She's a real beaut! How is she no 1911 though? I ask because a 1911, by look, gun will be my next purchase, however, I prefer to have things nobody else wants or considers of equal value or standing to the standard. This one seems to fit that niche, but I'd love to know the "why" involved. Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #23
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Stars look and feel like 1911s, but JMB would not recognize the internal lockwork.
But then again, the same could be said of my Para Ordnance LDA, which no one has a problem calling a 1911.

Go ahead and pick up a nice Model B while they are still cheap. But hurry, they are going up.

By the way, I have a spare Star BM I would like to trade for a model B.

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i have had my mini max 45 for 12 yrs or more still like to take it to the range

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I also have a Star 30M. Found a source for old stock, new original parts from a guy in Spain. Not cheap and shipping is pricey too. I would sell my Taurus Judge or Ruger SR9c before I sell the Star.

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Not happy!! Just took my M43 into shop with jamming issues, guy said he had to polish chamber, reshape extractor, and replace magazine and is charging $245 for job. Seems extremely high for jobs that took no more than half hour. Oh well, getting it back in a few days and looking forward to shooting it!!!

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Not happy!! Just took my M43 into shop with jamming issues, guy said he had to polish chamber, reshape extractor, and replace magazine and is charging $245 for job. Seems extremely high for jobs that took no more than half hour. Oh well, getting it back in a few days and looking forward to shooting it!!!
For that money you coulda taken an Armourer's Course from AGI & bought all the tools you'll need to do 'em...
and do couple hundred other guns too!!! Of course that's what got me into collecting old guns...
I go for the Fixer-uppers!! Get 'em cheap, fix 'em, and shoot the BLEEP outta 'em!!
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Yeah, I'm chalking it up to a lesson in online and used firearms buying learned. I've purchased three used handguns, two being Firestars, and, if I recall right, this particular one was from a lesser known, private party, with only a few transactions under his belt. From now on I ask more questions and trust only the more proven sellers. I'm sure the guy knew what he had was a lemon, but I can only blame myself here, for not being more diligent in my research. I know better!

I choose to turn this experience around and, providing I get a solid 3+ years of reliable service from this, consider myself lucky to've now paid only 500+ for a gun I absolutely love! It'll still be worth it to me!!!

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Well, took the M43 out yesterday for a fresh from the smith test and, for the first time since I bought it, it ran flawlessly. Not a jam of any sort! I am sooooo happy!

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I love my Firestars so much I want to try another Star! Maybe something more traditionally 1911 looking. Do any of you have any suggestions? After my experience with the M43 and parts unavailability, I'd like it to be something I can still have worked on and replace parts if necessary. I know that's asking a lot, but I can still get stuff for my m45 so I know there's a possibility.

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