Star Arms "MegaStar"


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ZeSpectre
September 25, 2008, 09:45 PM
About a bazillion years ago (back in 1993 when InterArms still existed in Alexandria, VA) I saw a gun that made my knees weak and my heart flutter.

The Star Arms "MegaStar" (http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg116-e.htm)

It was a 14 round, 10mm BEAST of a handgun and oh LORD I wanted one. However I was not at a place in my life where I had any chance and by the time I was there financially, InterArms was gone <sigh>.

So just to satisfy my curiosity, does anyone out there actually HAVE a MegaStar? If so do you feel like posting some photos?

Ze

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BReilley
September 25, 2008, 10:53 PM
If you're still looking, there's one on gunbroker right now with a starting bid of $600 and "no reserve". It's 10mm in a bright finish and looks alright. Plus, it's in my state :)

krs
September 26, 2008, 07:29 AM
Buy it now for only $699.00 http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=111189565

ZeSpectre
September 26, 2008, 07:41 AM
I swear I just did a search there. My search-fu must have been very weak.

As much as I'd like to own one, the $700 "buy it now" price is considerably more than I'm going to pay for a safe queen firearm with no spare parts availability. It sure does look pretty in that "Starvel" finish though. I'd only ever seen it blued before.

Mostly I just wanted the pictures so I could have a nice trip down memory lane.

Thanks!

carlrodd
September 26, 2008, 08:00 AM
for more heart flutters, via a star megastar in action, view the movie 'heat'. a character named waingro uses one.

ZeSpectre
September 26, 2008, 12:32 PM
for more heart flutters, via a star megastar in action, view the movie 'heat'. a character named waingro uses one.

Seriously? Oh I'm gonna have to rent HEAT tonight!

Rampant_Colt
September 26, 2008, 12:40 PM
I have the issue of Peterson's Handguns magazine that tested the Megastar .45 back in 1992 or '93, somewhere in storage...

I imagine locating parts for those would be of concern.

What a cool handgun :cool:

Ohen Cepel
September 26, 2008, 12:42 PM
I really wanted one also back in the day!

If there was still support for them I think $600 would be a great price. However, with no support it's a hard sell for me also.

ZeSpectre
September 26, 2008, 12:44 PM
If there was still support for them I think $600 would be a great price. However, with no support it's a hard sell for me also.

Yup. Even back in the day it was all but impossible to get a magazine that hadn't been "barred" down to 10 rounds. Someday I'll probably find a broken one cheap in a junk shop someplace and then I'll have a nice wall display.

Rampant_Colt
September 26, 2008, 01:52 PM
don't let "hard-to-locate" parts dissuade you from getting one! I have lots of Safe Queens - mostly Colts LoL

Get one and don't shoot it a lot...Nothing wrong with having a Safe Queen, or even a few ;)

candr44
September 26, 2008, 05:37 PM
I have been looking for one in .45 for a while. The first time I saw one was in a gun shop a few years ago. It weighed about 4 pounds empty and the shop only wanted $350 for it. I would have bought it if I didn't just spend all my money on another gun. When I went back for it later someone already bought it. I have never seen another one in person since. The Megastar is high on my want list but so far has been elusive but I did find new original .45 high capacity mags in an old magazine box for $5 each.

Big Mike
September 26, 2008, 06:18 PM
I remember in the early 90's you couldn't hardly give these away. Interesting pistol though. Parts would be hard to come by. I actually liked the Star line...Mike

hemiram
September 28, 2008, 03:11 AM
My friend has one, a .45 in the Starvel finish. It's huge, and a lot of fun to shoot. It's 100% reliable, and since it had been shot a fair amount before he got it, he's not worried about it much. I suppose an extractor would be nearly impossible to get. Least amount of felt recoil of any .45 ACP gun I have ever shot, for obvious reasons.

Ray P
September 28, 2008, 03:55 AM
My prefered CC pistol is the Firestar. Parts are not that hard to find (still available from Spain by direct order), and the design is so basic, a competent gunsmith can handle most problems.

Over the last four years, the only real problem Ive had with the Firestar was the extractor. Once I got past the idjit "gunsmith" that figured more grinding would fix anything, all went well.

For those that might need them, Star parts are still available from IparGuns (http://www.iparguns.com/cas/index.htm). Does anyone know if the THR member STAR is still arranging parts deliveries from Spain? Haven't seen a new post out him in some time.

Also, Kittery Trading Post's (http://www.ktpguns.com/interior.php/pid/28)on-line used gun store has one 9mm Firestar for $300.

Added:

ZeSpectre: Did you catch from your link that the MegaStar was designed from the Star Model 30M? The Star 30MI listed at KTP is that same design. The "I" in 30MI means it was a Star Model 30M made for an Indian Army contract. Please note that the Model 30MI offered at KTP is a lot less than $600.

Hmmm. That Star Model BM in 9mm looks interesting...

thebear101
October 14, 2008, 01:33 AM
I have the 45 mega star in starville matte finish, It shoots about the same as the gi 1911, with the fixed sights it shoots low, with the lighter grn bullets it shot about right, gun is sollid and heavy, and doesn't jam, about 10 yrs ago I payed about 570 on it, I have all paper work, pluss reciept with hard case, nice piece, Highley pollished 12+1 shot

WoofersInc
October 14, 2008, 02:13 PM
All this interest now that I have sold mine. Great....... Mine was the 45 model in the Starvel finish. The gun was just absolutely reliable. Not one failure while I owned it. I sold it because I just didn't shoot the thing. I always had something else that made it out to shoot and the Star stayed in the safe. Like others have said it was a big heavy gun. Not something that I would want to try and conceal for everyday carry.

ZeSpectre
October 14, 2008, 02:18 PM
So where's the photos!?

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