StarBM 9mm


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ThePunisher
July 17, 2006, 03:49 AM
hello,i needed to know a little history on the star bm if anyone can help.i got mine today and so far have been pleased with it ,but is there anything i need to look out for? thanks.:confused:

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wdlsguy
July 17, 2006, 02:25 PM
Lock the slide back and press the rear of the firing pin with your pinky or a pencil eraser or whatever. If the front of the firing pin protrudes through the slide you should replace the firing pin with an inertial one.

ThePunisher
July 17, 2006, 02:27 PM
it looks as if it already has one .thanks.any tips on how or what i can do about the finsh?

jmcraven
July 17, 2006, 03:22 PM
I'm looking into the same issue with the finish. I'm considering trying Duracoat. Also you could have it professionally re-finished- there's a place you can send them (Google 'Accurate Plating and Weaponry') that looks like they do good work.

Hacker15E
July 17, 2006, 03:53 PM
I was very happy with the job AP&W performed on my Star BM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v450/Hacker15E/newstar_3.jpg

Detachment Charlie
July 17, 2006, 03:54 PM
Any good sources for inertial firing pins for these? I have one and it's one of my favorite pistols. :cool:

wdlsguy
July 17, 2006, 04:10 PM
Any good sources for inertial firing pins for these?

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=189151

Detachment Charlie
July 17, 2006, 05:57 PM
Hacker, what finish is that on your BM; it's beautiful. Am reviewing the AP&W site. This winds me up. Thanks.
Also, thanks to wdlsguy for the link to "STAR" and his BM parts offer, have sent an e-mail w/ request for several items.
I LOVE this little 9mm.:D

albanian
July 17, 2006, 09:11 PM
Hacker15E,
Great looking Star! It is nice to see people actually value these fine guns for what they are. Can you give some more info on the finish? What kind is it? Who did it? How much? Thanks.

"Lock the slide back and press the rear of the firing pin with your pinky or a pencil eraser or whatever. If the front of the firing pin protrudes through the slide you should replace the firing pin with an inertial one."

Good bit of info there. I was not aware of this.

Hacker15E
July 18, 2006, 09:18 AM
My Star BM has a hard chrome finish ("brushed" finish) applied by Accurate Plating and Weaponry.

The hard chrome job cost about $150 (including shipping to and from) and has been an EXCELLENT investment. The gun just wipes clean after use and is impervious to all of the sweat, dirt, and gunk I've thrown at it.

Needless to say I'm extremely happy with the hard chrome finish and the job that AP&W did on it.

I have had two friends also send Star BMs to AP&W, and their pistols ended up looking just as beautiful...and they started with TERRIBLE looking finishes!

Here's a thread with a bunch more photos.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=2474681#post2474681

jacketch
July 18, 2006, 06:28 PM
I have a Spanish surplus BM in blue and a commercial BM in chrome (or possible nickle) from Interarms of Alexandria Va.

Both are great pistols with excellent triggers, acceptable sights, clean bores and very reliable actions. Both of mine are fairly accurate and feed any FMJ or HP that I have run through them. Extractors and firing pins can be found and magazines are out there for them.

Avoid dry firing if you don't have the inertial firing pin.

I use a holster designed for a Colt Officers model 1911.

albanian
July 18, 2006, 06:49 PM
I don't have the inertial firing pin on either of my Stars but I am not too worried about it. They are range/fun guns not for self defense. One of them is so accuract that I wouldn't touch the firing pin for $500! I don't want to mess with perfection. I have put 5rds into a single 9mm sized hole at 10 yards! Dead center as well! Not bad for fixed sights! I have never owned a 9mm that was more accuract and I have owned about 30 9mms in my life. I have only owned one semi-auto that was as accuract and it was a Colt 1911 Chip McCormick factory Racer. $1500 1911 that shot as well as my $129 Star BM! Got to love that!

My Star is a sleeper that may win me some bucks if I can con someone into a shooting match. They would take one look at the old beater with 4" bbl and fixed sights and think I was crazy. Little do they know that it has one of the best triggers on a unmodified gun I have ever felt and it is a tack driver. The strange thing is, the other one is nothing special. It is pretty accuract but not like the first one.

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