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 How'd I do? Star Model S .380 Surplus Handgun
GonzoAR15-1  [Team Member]
8/5/2005 11:39:44 PM
Picked up a surplus Star Model S pistol tonight, Century import. .380 auto.

Looks like a mini 1911 -- no grip safety, and much different internal lockwork of course. I remembered shooting one years and years ago, and the price seemed right at $185 so I went for it.

It actually uses the barrel link locked breach system like a 1911, which gives it a much lighter slide than a blowback .380. It will be interesting to see if recoil is less sharp than a blowback, although the non-fixed barrel might make it less accurate compared with a fixed barrel like the walther ppk/s.

The safety is a hammer block, not a sear block like the 1911. Its got a loaded chamber indicator via the extractor. Also a magazine safety (oh well).

Right side of the slide has an Eagle with a stamp of "P.A." on it. I haven't a clue what that's all about, but suspects its a police marking.

The frame is steel as is the slide. The heel, where a 1911's hammer spring would live is stamped "SS."

It uses a leaf spring for the sear, with the hammer spring and plunger inserted into the frame and not part of a detachable unit like a 1911.

Disconnector is on the right side of the frame, and is dovetailed into the frame. It interacts with a recess in the slide. The trigger lingage is on the right side of the frame as well. The mag safety looks to be easily disabled/removed, but I'll leave it in for the time being.

Sighs are fixed rear and "round" front -- nothing to write home about.

It points real nice.

Range report in a week or so.



I've got two magazines for it.


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fxntime  [Team Member]
8/5/2005 11:44:08 PM
I have a Star Firestar in 9mm that has been a kick arse little gun besides the weight. It has held up very well. Star has made some decent stuff over the years.
GonzoAR15-1  [Team Member]
8/6/2005 12:55:47 AM
Some googling reveals that "P.A." and the open winged eagle are for "Policia Armada" or the Spanish National Police.

Also, found some proof markings under the left grip that date this baby to 1974.

Parrot32  [Member]
8/7/2005 1:07:16 PM
Bought one years ago but it shot 14" low at 25 yards!

Sent it back to Interarms. They were outstanding and offered to replace it with an Astra Constable II. That is a little tack driver! I even got Astra (Spain) to sell me the deluxe wood grips to replace the plastic that IA provided.

Too bad my Star S didn't shoot well. I liked the delicate lines of the design.

Fxntime mentioned the Firestar. I also have a Firestar is 40 S&W and am also pleased with the size, concealability and accuracy.

Let us know how your Star S works out for you???
GonzoAR15-1  [Team Member]
8/7/2005 9:32:08 PM

Originally Posted By Parrot32:
Bought one years ago but it shot 14" low at 25 yards!

Sent it back to Interarms. They were outstanding and offered to replace it with an Astra Constable II. That is a little tack driver! I even got Astra (Spain) to sell me the deluxe wood grips to replace the plastic that IA provided.

Too bad my Star S didn't shoot well. I liked the delicate lines of the design.

Fxntime mentioned the Firestar. I also have a Firestar is 40 S&W and am also pleased with the size, concealability and accuracy.

Let us know how your Star S works out for you???



UPDATE:


The F'ING firing pin is broken.

Tip is missing.

My buddy the gunsmith says it was probably dry fired too much. (I used a snap cap, but DUH, there's no pin there.).

I now undersand why I picked this up out the door at $70 less than the going rate.

The thing is, the trigger is frigging amazing.

I'm going to have a buddy fab up a new firing pin in the shop, and I'll be sure not to fire the frigging thing without a snap cap in.

But its surely shootus interruptus, right now.

The FP is not a complex or strange design, so cost to replicate will be low (no one has parts for these right now), but it is a major inconvenience to be sure.
Matthew_Q  [Team Member]
8/7/2005 10:04:48 PM
I have a couple Star BMs in 9mm. Freakin cool little 9mm. Fit my hand great. They're pretty much a reduced size 1911 (bums me out they went out of business... I'd LOVE a NEW reduced size 1911 in 9mm!). They're both pretty accurate, but hit a little low left, IIRC. They feed well and recoil is very pleasant.

The ONLY beef I have about them is that they are all steel, so they are a bit HEAVY. That, and the manufacturer being out of business, so parts are not too easy to find.

I think I ordered an extractor from Numrich, and they sent me a firing pin instead, so I just hung on to it. They may have parts for the S. Check out their site.
357sig  [Member]
8/13/2005 9:29:13 AM
I bought a Star S 380 in Germany years ago at an Army Gun Club. Eighty five dollars brand new. Sweet little gun and very accurate. I also had the Star 9mm mentioned above. Do not dry fire either of these pistols or you will see the firing pin tip fly out of the end of the barrel. Use snap caps.
The_Gooch  [Team Member]
8/13/2005 1:02:10 PM
I have a Star S as well. It has the SS on the bottom of the MSH. They are great little guns and the grip is one of the best fitting to my hand of any gun I have ever held. Since it was my Grandfathers pistol and it is still unfired-LNIB, it will stay that way. If I want to shoot .380, I have a PPK/s, but this gun is a safe queen for me.

GonzoAR15-1  [Team Member]
8/13/2005 2:20:54 PM

Originally Posted By The_Gooch:
I have a Star S as well. It has the SS on the bottom of the MSH. They are great little guns and the grip is one of the best fitting to my hand of any gun I have ever held. Since it was my Grandfathers pistol and it is still unfired-LNIB, it will stay that way. If I want to shoot .380, I have a PPK/s, but this gun is a safe queen for me.

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Beautiful.

Don't dry fire it.

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