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Old 01-31-2018, 03:15 PM   #1
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Star BM

According to some, the absolute finest carry pistol ever made. Centerfire Systems is selling them for $199.99 with one 8 rd. magazine.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:10 PM   #2
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Save up a little longer an get a decent gun that you can get parts for if needed.
Rock Island 1911 is cheap an work. ATI makes good ones. Metro Arms are good. Heck, even a Llama (gasp) or a Taurus (gasp again) would be a better choice.
Think I would rather have a slingshot.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:32 PM   #3
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I like Stars! especially the later production steel frame M30 line and beyond),but I HATE that they went belly up. Meaning all those interesting Star and Astra guns are left without spare parts and magazine support. Annoying,hits me the same way with the Third Generation Smith and Wesson steel frame guns. Awesome guns,but no support beyond word of mouth/internet hunting.
Old 02-01-2018, 12:48 PM   #4
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I've never owned a Star, but have used a BM, a PD, and one double-stack 9mm; either a model 30 or 31 iirc. They all did fine. Not as 'nice' as a colt, but as nice as most guns, ridiculously good bargains, and the targets didn't know the difference.

I have absolutely no need for one of these BM's right now, but I confess that it's hard to pass up a completely functional near-1911 in my favorite caliber. If they were still in production and if I wasn't currently trying to not spend money, I'd almost certainly jump on it just for handout gun(s) purposes, but since they're out of production parts are going to get more scarce and more expensive as time goes on.
Old 06-20-2018, 06:49 PM   #5
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The Star BM9 is a decent enough piece for range fun.
As stated, for not alot more money you can get a modern firearm with a warranty and customer service support.

Old guns are fun and not necessarily impractical... I've got older surplus pieces doing real-life duty right now. S&W Model 10s, HK40s, 3G S&W autos in .40 and 9mm, etc. All have been bought on the cheap and vetted by me. The difference is that the ones I buy for actual "duty" vs "range toy" is that they're mainstream and parts, magazines, etc are still available if needed.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:13 PM   #6
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All I ever claimed for it was that it could be 'chopped" on both ends and made into a very fine pocket pistol. So once again, Terry is lying. When Colt came out with the Pony 9mm, I knew others would follow with SApocket 9mm's It was just too obvious a market. Kahr had a lock on the DA versions.. Now the Sig P938 makes it completely unnecessary to chop anything, altho the safety lever's shelf design sucks. Why not just copy the 1911's?
Old 04-11-2019, 07:11 AM   #7
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I'll stick with my Colt Combat Commander in 9mm. I rarely use the 9mm these days. A couple of years ago, before I started downsizing I had 11x 1911's in .45 and 1x 1911 in 9mm.
Old 04-13-2019, 03:01 PM   #8
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i dont recall if i ever stripped the Colt Mustang that I had in CA in 85. I know that the P938 vids show it having a similar sort of ejector. The P938's trigger bar is NOT outside of the frame like the Star's, in a milled slot in the frame. Also, the firing pin of the Sig, like the Mustang, is retained just like that of the 1911, not that stupid vertical pin thru the slide like the Star's, which required you to remove the rear sight in order to access it. The notched firing pin of the Star means that you can't dryfire it without an empty case or snapcap in the chamber. If you do, you'll very soon break the firing pin at that notch. Can't just drill the P938's frame and put a pin in it at the rear of the trigger bar, to remove overtravel, as can be done with the Star. Have to drill and tap the trigger for a screw, like a 'smithed 1911 has. Somebody's making a steel replacement trigger for the P938, but they were too dumb to add an overtravel screw to it.

Laughridges's Cylinder and Slide shop offers an extended (ambi, too) safety for the P938, but it's the same stupid angle for the lever, doesn't extend nearly far enough forward, nor is it curved downward for comfortably leaving your thumb atop of it, which is what you should do while firing such guns. If you leave your thumb atop the safety while firing, you can easily bump the safety "up", which is going to stop you from firing subsequent shots. Training yourself to hit the safety and then have your thumb go on past it (to a lower grip on the gun for actual firing) is a great way to "miss" disengaging that safety, when you are under a lot of stress.

Typical garand, lots of guns, almost no ability with any of them.

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Old 04-14-2019, 10:33 AM   #9
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Melvin, when was the last time your seen me shoot? I put 200-300 rds a week down range in the winter months, how often do you shoot.

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