I need your help understanding one of the stamps on my Star B. I also need help in determining the year and if this is one of the Russian or Bulgarian messes. I have spent the past two weeks trying to figure it out and it’s going to drive me nuts. I’ll start by sharing what I do know. I have attached pictures so you can let me know what you think. My questions are mixed in with what I think I know about my Star B. Most of the stuff I learned from your outstanding site. Thanks... I know that mine has the helmet over the X, which indicates admission to (receipt at) proof house (Used after July 9 1931). Secondly, the P in the circle indicates passing of proof test – Automatic pistol from Eibar proof house (Used after December 14, 1929). Finally, the Q with an asterisks over it indicates year of proof (date indicated is 1946?). I am not sure what “date indicated is 1946” means??? I know that the Echeverria (Star) company has published records of five variations (shipments) which are the ACTUAL Nazi German delivery contracts. My Star B has the serial # 255598 (from the fourth variation), which was delivered on June 6, 1944 to Handave France, a town near the Franco Spanish boarder. It included 8000 pistols; serial numbers 248001-254300 and 254551-256250. I got this info off of a chat room, so I am not even sure that it’s true. What do you think? I know that mine does NOT have a Waffenamt stamp (darn) and it’s not purplish, so that rules out the Russian’s dip bluing after WWII or the unethical arms dealer in Germany who bought up the Bulgarian arsenal surplus when it hit the market and applied Waffenamt marks to them for extra cash. My question is about the German (stick?) eagle stamped on my Star B with the code 4(Zero or Q)20 under it. I am not sure if the second digit in the stamp is a zero or a Q. So it could be 4020 or 4Q20. This stamp is on the frame back by the hammer and safety where the Waffenamt stamp would be. What does my stamp mean? The other question I have is “Why doesn’t my Star B have a year mark letter code?” After 1927 they were marked with the year of manufacture - codified in letters. I got that from you also. I love the history behind guns and enjoy the research more than firing them.