Anyone like thier Firestar 45?


December 24, 2002, 01:53 PM
Mine is reliable and shoots real accurate!

BTW, Good job on the board!

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Stephen A. Camp
December 24, 2002, 02:00 PM
Hello. I don't currently own one but have. I had no complaints with it at all.


December 24, 2002, 02:03 PM
I particularly like my Firestar .45, which I've had for several years. It's compact, reliable and accurate. The only downside is the weight which makes it comfortable to shoot also makes concealed carry less pleasant than a truly lightweight gun. It's a trade-off, but on balance I'm very pleased with it

December 24, 2002, 02:24 PM
Yes, they are very comfotable to shoot, I have a ported one that shoots like a full size with light loads!

December 24, 2002, 05:08 PM
Never had a Firestar in .45. I used to have a 9mm Firestar, and it shot like a champ. I still wonder what I was thinking when I sold it.

December 24, 2002, 05:43 PM
I have 2 of these fine little but heavy handguns. 1 in Black and 1 in Starvel. I use mine as my main carry weapon at all times. They have been good, reliable, and accurate handguns. If I ever see any more of them around I would consider buying it just because I like them. I also have the 9mm in Starvel and it is a nice little handgun, but way to heavy for a 9mm. :D

December 24, 2002, 07:51 PM
I`ve had one for several years. Great shooter but as some have said, a tad heavy.

December 25, 2002, 12:21 AM
Great guns but spare parts are a pain to find (ie. next to impossible).

December 25, 2002, 05:52 AM
I traded a Charles Daly DDA 10-45 for a compact Star...I love my gun and my buddy is happy with his, it took me FOREVER to get him to trade one of mine for his Star, I loved it from the first time he let me shoot it!
Great board, good to have a place to come to after TFL went down,
Tony G.

December 25, 2002, 06:29 AM
Oh yeah, I think CDNN still has factory mags listed.

December 25, 2002, 07:14 PM
I recently came into a Star (Firestar) in .40

It is a real "keeper".

Sadly though, it is true about the unavailability of parts.

Mine is well used and if something breaks I may be in deep Kimche

December 25, 2002, 10:15 PM
CDNN has factory mags for most models.I have heard that Bob's gun parts in Little Rock bought a large amount of the parts that where around.
I have had two of the 45's.I didn't mind the weight but they where too thick for my taste for a CCW gun.

George Hill
December 26, 2002, 09:47 PM
I had a Firestar .45. I loved it. Great little gun. Easy to shoot, highly reliable. (can't remember if it ever gave me a jam) Pretty accurate for it's type.

Wish I still had it.
Only one downside to this gun. It's pretty heavy for it's size... make sure you have a good quality hoster for this wee beastie.

Kahr carrier
December 30, 2002, 07:07 AM
Shot a Starvel 45 Firestar ,seemed to shoot well a very solid gun.:)

December 30, 2002, 11:22 AM
Always liked the looks and price of the firestar but had heard some bad things about it. Maybe I'll reconsider now...

December 30, 2002, 12:27 PM
I had a .40 Firestar in starvel. Sold it to finance a .45 Colt Commander. Yes, it was a heavy gun but reliable.

It's a shame that parts are hard to get. maybe in time, someone will start after market parts.

March 1, 2003, 03:19 AM
I love Firestars. Can't you tell by my name?

March 1, 2003, 03:26 AM
I have a M43 that shoots 2" groups at 25 yards with a two hand hold off-hand. I don't have any other auto that will shoot any better than this. Some will shoot just as well but none will shoot noticeably better. I have several full sized service type pistols. All of my revolvers will shoot but it is a rare 9mm that groups well for me.

I want a .45 but can't find them near me anymore.

Kahr carrier
March 1, 2003, 05:50 AM
I happen to run into my friend that has a Firestar in 45 and he mentioned he was thinking about selling it for some Income tax money .It is a Starvel finish 45 whats a good price to offer him??

March 1, 2003, 02:02 PM
If it is in excellent condition, $200 is about fair. I wouldn't pay much more and less than $150 would be cheating him.

August 24, 2005, 12:58 AM
I used my Firestar 45 to shoot for CC permit training. My buddy had his fancy 9mm target gun, and just shook his head when he saw me pull out that cannon.

A few dozen rounds later, he was shakin' it again after I outshot him. I really like the size and weight, but would hate to use it for carry gun.

August 25, 2005, 05:18 AM
Had one and sold it. Great pistol, the weight halps when firing it. I have never had a bad Star pistol, their "bad rep" is BS. I'd get another Firestar if I could find one.


October 10, 2007, 10:39 PM
I have a Firestar 9mm, I love it, shoots great even if a bit heavy.
I have read a number of places that a model letter is stamped on bottom
where the magazine goes in, mine has nothing. It has a rather low
ser. no. 2038679, it is black with black flat rubber handles. Anyone
have any ideas. I'm also looking for spare parts. Thanks

October 10, 2007, 10:42 PM
My friend has had a Firestar in .40 since they first came out and loves it. It has been a great gun and never gives him trouble.

October 23, 2007, 06:51 PM
I bought a Firestar M45 about a week ago. My first trip to the range I had mixed emotions about it. Last might I cleaned it up, polished the feed ramp, and after looking the innards over I realized just how similar it is to my favorite Star the BM. Mine came with the Promag mag and I bought two more for it. I had several problems I think are mag related. I ordered two factory mags ($60 ugh) and I'm going to take it out again and try to decide if I want to keep it or not. It was soft shooting and pretty accurate. The darn thing has given me the .45 bug again though.

October 23, 2007, 07:28 PM
I just found a Firestar Plus in 9mm and put it on layaway. $250 and it comes with 5 mags. Near new in condition. Now all I have to do is $10 & $20 them to death to get it out! :neener: I don't really like 9mm but I do like the Firestar handguns, and I have a large supply of free 9mm brass. I already load for a couple other 9mm's so this should be no problem. :)

October 23, 2007, 10:45 PM
I have had my Firestar M40 for close to 10 years now and it is one of the most accurate pistols I have ever owned. The only problem that I have ever had with it was when I ran a box of Remington/UMC ammo through it. I found a good reload recipe that it likes too. I wouldn't mind either finding a 9mm slide and barrel for mine or getting a 9mm Firestar.

November 20, 2008, 05:25 PM
I've had mine since 96 and it is my fav 45 to shoot. I'm better at hitting target than I was with my gov't 45 or springfield mil-spec.
Rarely a jam and it handles +p just as well.

Geezer Glide
November 20, 2008, 08:13 PM
Never had a .45 but I've had 9's and 40's. They are very well made and reliable shooters. I can't see where the .45 would be any different.

November 20, 2008, 08:21 PM
Had a M43 9mm. Regret selling it. Accurate and Compact. The weigh soaks up the recoil and makes them really nice to shoot. Definitely an under-rated bargain. Prts availability is the only concern. Stick to factory mags, the Promags are iffy just like every other mag Promag makes. Don't dryfire without a snapcap.


January 7, 2009, 05:53 PM
I have the Firestorm M45. Love the weapon. Yes, it is considered heavy by my sons, but I like the feel and the heft. Shoots straight as pi$$, and never misfires.

January 8, 2009, 10:46 AM
I now have both a M40 and M43 and would like to find a M45 to finish the collection. The Firestar pistols are well made and good shooters.

January 8, 2009, 06:55 PM
Wow! thanks again for all the help folks on comments on my misfeeding P.38. I'm overwhelmed -- I am going to take the High Road from now on! (I am fairly new at all of this) -- I guess problem could involve both gun AND ammo--will keep you posted

January 9, 2009, 05:28 PM
I had one in Starvel for years and liked it plenty. But when Star went down I sold it immediately due to the parts situation. I still have a Blade Tech IWB Kydex holster I bought for it just because I thought it would be cool -- I had no CCW back in those days. If anyone wants a great IWB holster for the Firestar45 pm me. I will make you a smart enough deal. It is in excellent shape and fits a Makarov pistol perfectly as well. Regards.

January 9, 2009, 06:05 PM
I got mine from Gander last year for $349. I love it. Shoots great, nice trigger. I take it to the range every trip. Just a warning- aftermarket mags are junk. I bought 2 of the plastic pro-mags and they caused jams and literally get stuck in the magwell.

March 9, 2009, 08:49 PM
I have a 40 Firestar, Had it for 10 years now but rarely use it. It is in excellent condition only fired around 100 rounds out of it. I like it but am looking for a lighter 40 or 45 to replace it. Not sure what its worth. I do not see any at my local gun shows anymore.

August 12, 2011, 05:49 PM
The Bianchi Model 3S IWB holster, size 12, part no. 22616 (RH), 22617 (LH) fits my Firestar M45 nicely. The Bianchi packaging shows this as fitting Colt Officer ACP & Commander, Detonics Combat Master, Llama 945 compact, Para Ord P12 & P13, and Star BKS-BKM & PD. Bianchi website says it's also good for the Kimber Ultra Carry II.


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