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I ended up with a Star BM through a trade for a .38 special and the gun showed the obvious signs of a lot of holster wear (top gun: FN Hi-Power, middle gun: Star BM, bottom gun: an American Arms .22).



But disassembling the gun, inspecting the barrel, and a trip to the shooting range confirmed that this was a gun that was carried a lot, but shot very little. On checking the back ground, I discovered that these were service pistols for the Spanish Home Guard... they will have mandatory military service for every young man.

The Star is an all steel pistol which makes it a bit heavy compared to the popular 9mm of today, and it follows most conventions of the 1911, so it shoots a single stack 8 round magazine. The barrel and slide mate just like the 1911, however it has some divergence. The trigger uses a single firing lever which works against the sear. One of the most consistant things you will hear about this gun is the quality of the trigger... it is crisp and clean at about 3 1/2 lbs.

The sights remind you of the 1911 GI... rear dovetail and a staked front... so there is little you can do without having a gunsmith restake the front sight. But I put a layer of white car touch up paint to help me pick out the front sight and it is pretty accurate just as it is.

One of the most attractive features on the gun is that it can be cleaned up very well...



A finish of Duracoat and a new set of wood grips really dresses the gun up.

It is just a bit smaller than the Commander series of 1911, but a very nice match to the 9mm cartridge. Parts can be a problem, but the three most likely items to be replaced... firing pin, extractor and recoil spring can all be ordered from Nimrich Arms. Because all of the "B" series pistol have very similiar mechanisms, you can pretty well locate what you might need with parts from another pistol.

The Star would make a great "tackle box" pistol, but with a little "spit and polish" it would make a very nice carry gun if you prefer the weight of steel over polymer. I've watched a picture of a Glock firing and it is obvious that the frame flexes... a steel gun won't.

One of the most attractive features on these guns is the price. Depending on where you shop, you can pick one up for less than $150 and a boxed set with an extra magazine for under $200. Magazines can be ordered very regularly on Ebay. My preference is for the rounded follower type... the flat follower seems more prone to nose dive without working of them.

A good, solid gun shouldn't cost you a fortune. This is one that you can carry with confidence... and your 1911 shooting buddies will rave over the trigger pull!
 

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That thing looks beautiful in the After pics. You're making me think more and more about these things.

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Nice job! Does it use the 9mm luger or a different variation.
 

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Good write up. I see these once in a while at gunshows for $150-$200. But I always thought of them as one of the "odd European" guns that might be difficult to repair or get parts for. If I run across a "deal" like under $150, I might pick one up. They sure clean up nice and look great with the new finish and set of grips. I saw a nice variety of grips for these on Gunbroker for about $20.
 

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I've been shooting a Star BM for about 6 months. I've had no problems with it. In competition I've won at pinshooting against other 9mm's, and at the last IDPA match I finished 5 points down; tied for 1st. Not bad for a gun under $200.
 

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Very, VERY nice little guns. I had one that was going to have refinished (I got custom grips made and everything!) but the refinisher told me it was too far gone to accept a good refinish. I was pretty bummed but I sold it for just about what I bought it for.
 

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I remeber those things in SGN for $129. I was going to get one but then they went up. I wouldn't even mind a model B.
 

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The whole time we had a conversation about our Stars and I never even knew you had this thread Cim. I took mine to the range the other day (first time indoors with it) and I was shooting a half dollar sized group at 20ft. I'm thinking more and more about giving it a new suit like you did.
 

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Spanish made firearms have had a bum rap. Some of this was justified and there have been makers that put put terrible stuff. Star and Llama have been shining stars with their products for the most part.

Like the Colt 2000 pistol, early S&W 645s, and the Dornieus& Dixon Bren 10, bad designs or manufacturing techniques can plague anyone at times.
 

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Outstanding refinish job on this little gem ;D Man this pistol looks better than the chrome one I saw at the pawn shop. Did you do all the work yourself? Is the gun hard to do a complete take down on? What the deal on the little .22? Thats a cool looking pistol also!!
 

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I've owned a Star BM since they were at $129.00. Sturdy, reliable, and accurate. The only change made has been nicer grips.

I also own a Model B Super. This uses the Beretta, Taurus-style take down lever. Mine was made in 1947, the year of my birth, and came with the factory sight-in target, also dated in 1947. Cost was $150.00. It is also sturdy, reliable, and accurate.

I own several Llama pistols, a number of Stars, and a couple of Astra semi-automatics. All, with the exception of the Astra Model 300, are from the past 65 years, and have given me no trouble at all. That includes a Star PD, and an Astra A75.
 

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dont believe i've ever come across one.. although at a gun show i could easily over look one.

looks like it cleaned up mighty nice good job on the duracoat people make it look so easy ima have to try it some day.
 

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I bought one a while back but the wife enjoys shooting it so much that she now claims it for herself.It is an excellent shooter with great accuracy and very little recoil.
 

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Those "after" photos are fantastic!

You did a fine job, sir.
 

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Friend of mine had one of the Star handguns in 9x23mm(9mm Largo). He'd shoot circles around the LEOs with their wonder9's.
 

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Absolutely love my Star BM, had it for 30 years and it was a CC weapon up till a couple of months ago when I got a Millenium Pro .45.
Surprisingly it weighs about the same as the Pro with a full clip, although I haven't scaled it it feels quite similar.
Nice job on the cleanup above but I prefer the looks of them from normal use, it is amazingly accurate as well, I can do better with it right now compared to the .45 but that should improve with use of the larger caliber weapon.
Great backup weapon, the Star is now relegated to my easy chair side table stash place to replace a little .25 cal Walther Mod 8 I had there which will go back in the safe for a time.
 

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