Starr DA anyone try one


January 4, 2013, 01:14 AM
Pietta makes the Starr double action revolver. Anyone try one? If so, how's the quality, accuracy, etc. Just trying to decide on what might be interesting to try next.

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January 4, 2013, 01:54 AM
The Starr DA had problems. It has been returned 2 times. Do you have a Rogers & Spencer? The R&S Target Euroarms is a real winner for me. They are no longer being made. You can find them.:)

January 4, 2013, 02:34 AM
IMHO, the Star SA was better.

January 4, 2013, 09:41 PM
It was just the idea of trying a DA that was my main interest. I believe the Starr is the only percussion DA that is being made as a replica. I currently have 3 ROA's, colt 1860 army, and a Remington.

Thought about trying the Remington revolving carbine.

January 4, 2013, 09:59 PM
I shot one a few years ago. The DA trigger pull is LONG and HARD. I missed steel targets at CAS distances with it. They are an interesting piece though. What appears to be the trigger actually only cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder. Then it bumps into a small sear release to fire the gun. They cannot be fired single action.

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January 5, 2013, 09:31 AM
... They cannot be fired single action.

They actually can be shot single action "like", but not by pulling the hammer back. Pull the trigger until the hammer is run back & locks into place. From this point the Starr is now cocked and ready and can be fired like a single action without all the extra trigger effort of a DA.

January 5, 2013, 09:28 PM
There was a Question about the Starr from May last year. This was my response:

Stay away from the Starr. The design was a POS in 1860 and still is today. Beautiful gun but does not hold up under fire.

A US ARmy officer during the CW said this:

Whoever forced the Starr Revolver on the US Army should be tried for treason!!!

Actually, the primary problem is the basic design so it is both single and double action, though it appears worse in the Double action. One problem is the cylinder consistently falls out of alignment with the forcing cone. This leads to lead being shaved off and embedding in people next to you.

Because of my personal experience, I refuse to be on the line if a Starr is close by. Occasionally, I still get a piece of lead working its way to the surface on my arms neck and face. At first, I thought it was powder spray, then the blood appeared. That was over 2 years ago. ( been a while since lead came out now.)

There are other problems but that is my personal experience with a Starr single action.

Two pistol smiths who I respect now refuse to work on Starr's. They both guarantee their work and they have not found a permanent solution to the Starr's design so they just don't work on them.

My opinion still stands.

January 6, 2013, 02:14 AM
Well I guess the Starr is off the list of things to try. I thought about the Lemat also, but its loading lever just looks way to flimsy to make it fun to shoot. The video on Youtube shows it constantly bouncing up during shots. The cost is a little high as well, and those could be funds that could be used for a 5.5" ROA.

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