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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by GlockStar, Sep 10, 2011.
I have a firestar m43. Anyone own or know anything about this discontinued firearms manufacturer?
Many years ago when they first came out, I bought the first M43 9mm in L.A.---neat little pistol---shot as well as my full-size 9mm Hi Power (which was very well)---a bit heavy, but very small---I carried it during the Rodney King Riots of 1992---had five extra mags. Star was by far the best of the Spanish pistols---they are all out of production now for many many years. Enjoy yours! Oh, the only reason I sold it was because I got a Kahr CW9 pistol to replace it---MUCH lighter.
have a star BM myself. good solid dependable piece of machinery. like a 67 chevy. Star Bonifacio Echeverria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
My first 1911 "style" gun was a Star PD, a gun ahead of it's time. The little pistol was a pleasure to carry and shoot, danged accurate and reliable. Sold it years ago to finance my first Colt, wish I had kept it.
I have a Star Model B 9mm.
It's a 65 year old fun to shoot gun, but not something I'd elevate to carry status.
Parts (mags) are hard to find!
Star made very high quality pistols, for a very long time.
I'm currently down to one, a PD.
I had a Firestar 9mm, I wish I never sold it... It was tiny but was heavy like a brick and had very little recoil or jump..
Thanks for the responses guys. Didn't expect so many favorible opinions. I bought this one for 300 but I was a little sour when I learned it was discontinued (admittedly only at my self). Cane, I did seem to pay out the ear for my spare mag (cunning old man at the gunshop!). I guess my biggest concern is giving this baby a nice cleaning. The magazine well is rather sticky. Do y'all believe I can find a local gunsmith who is knowledgeable enough to work on it ? If not,what do you suggest?
I have a Firestar Plus, which is the double stack 9mm and it's one of my favorite handguns. Gun Digest online sells a great pdf on Star schematics for a couple of dollars and I would (and have) download a copy. Keep an eye on CDNN as mags will show up from time to time for the different models and can be picked up in the under $20 range.
From the uninformed you'll hear a bunch of bashing over your Spanish pistole, but those of us who know, as you soon will, that they were for the most part well made, reliable and concealable arms.
Congrats on your new Star.
M14sRock, i was wanting a PD when i found my BM.
BM is a great pistol, bro. I need one. We used to sell the bright chrome and faux pearl stocks for $229, brand new. I should have bought a dozen. My cost was about $169, IIRC.
I've had one or two...
Like most of the guns made in the Basque region of Spain, they're pretty well made. They are mostly copies of other - tested - designs, with an occasional design input of their own.
The biggest problems (of which I'm aware) was the metallurgy was hit and miss. One pistol would be dandy, the next rather soft in the frame and slide, so wear accelerated.
However, if you have one after all this time, it's probably a pretty good one. Don't over load it - they will handle full charge ammo, but no point in running it full charge all the time.
I have a .40 Firestar and i love it. It's my CC pistol and it works out just great, although it's just a tad on the heavy side. But it's a great pistol and I enjoy shooting it.
I have a Star BKS with alloy frame in 9mm. Bought it new many years ago and it still serves well.
My father had a star 22lr. I have it now. Don't know anything about it. But it shoots and it's a nice little solid pistol. Anyone know of any star 22lrs that can help me out on finding out if this is a good pistol. It looks old too.
I have a Star Model Super in 9MM Largo-about the same ballistics as the 38 super. Best regards Dick
The Star PD was ahead of its time. I had a Star Mdle F .22 auto that took many rabbits in early 1960s. They were fair firearms back in the day.
Still have three Stars at this time and all are great and reliable shooters. BKM 9mm, Firestar .40 and a Firestar .45ACP. On occation, both Firestars are used as carry guns as the are accurate and 100% reliable with all ammo that has been put through them over the years. Jim.......
I think Bret is very familair with the Star 9mm
Star Model B here. Excellent pistol and very accurate.