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Star Super 9mm largo question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gregormeister, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. gregormeister

    gregormeister Well-Known Member

    I was offered a Star super in 9mm largo in Good condition. 400.00 for pistol and 700 rnds. of ammo.

    1. Is this a decent pistol?
    2. Is this a decent deal?
    3. I've heard of 9mm luger replacement barrels, where can I find these and other spare Star super parts?

    I don't want Noah Knowitall to get on here and say that his uncles best friends cousin had one and its garbage. I want to know from people who have personally owned one of these. Thanks
  2. Mastiff

    Mastiff Well-Known Member

    SARCO is selling these for $149.95, a thousand rounds of ammo for $140.

    http://www.sarcoinc.com/ Go to the Click here link, it is in the upper right corner.

    I own one, it is my second favorite pistol. I'm ordering another one myself. Getting a 9x19 barrel is just about hopeless. 3/4 of these pistols will shoot 38 Super (the barrel will be marked 9mm/38). Some guys say they won't handle it, but they confuse the Star Supers with the pre-WWI Spanish Largo pistols. I've even shot 9x23 Winchester in mine with no ill effects, so I don't expect any problem with 38 Super.
  3. aomagrat

    aomagrat Well-Known Member

    I got a Star Super 9mm Largo from Sarco for $129 a couple of years ago. Mine is beat all to hell but it shoots great. I've put hundreds of rounds through it and can't recall a single malfunction. Darn accurate too. I was really surprised by the accuracy, since the bore is pitted and hardly has any rifling left. In my opinion it is great gun for the money if you buy it from Sarco. $400 is a bit much, even with 700 rounds of ammo.
  4. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    I have had a Star Super since about 1992, it was my EDC till about 2 years ago.
    I honestly dont know how many rounds of .38 super it has consumed... with no ill effects.
    I am in process of taking it down to bare metal... sanding out the pits... and making it look all perty again. ;)

  5. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    9mm largo for $140 per thousand?? I can't find it on their site. Can I get a direct link?
  6. Mastiff

    Mastiff Well-Known Member

  7. aomagrat

    aomagrat Well-Known Member

    That ammo is corrosive! The non-corrosive ammo is $180 per 1000.
  8. skinewmexico

    skinewmexico Well-Known Member

    Mine has been great. Love Stars.
  9. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    If you properly clean and maintain your weapons... corrosive ammo doesnt have time to do any damage.

  10. 12Bravo20

    12Bravo20 Well-Known Member

    If the pistol is in very good shape and comes with ammo that might not be too bad (still a little high). When people quote prices from web sites they aren't taking in to consideration shipping and transfer fees into the price. $50-$75 for shipping and transfer fees on the pistol and 1000 rounds is pretty heavy. Look at the pistol, do the math and then decide if its a good deal to you or not. As far as the pistol goes, they are nice shooters and seem to be well built. I have one and enjoy shooting it.
  11. gregormeister

    gregormeister Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys!!
  12. Beagle-zebub

    Beagle-zebub Well-Known Member

    At the risk of asking a stupid question, does anyone make or otherwise sell replacement barrels for these things?
  13. Mastiff

    Mastiff Well-Known Member

    Not that I know of. FAC used to, before they went out of business. They were the only ones I know about.
  14. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Well-Known Member

    ive been debating on getting one of these from sarco. seems like a nice pistol.
  15. HisSoldier

    HisSoldier Well-Known Member

    It was never intended that anyone shoot 38 supers in these guns, they were dual chambered by counterboring the chamber mouth for the larger rim of the 38 auto. The dimensions of the 38 Super and 38 Auto are the same, but chamber pressures are very different. At the very least longevity will be compromised, though the Star pistols are very well made. I advise caution, in fact I advise people to not shoot 38 super in any of the Spanish guns with the dual chamber markings, which is exactly the same advice the experts at the websites concerned with 9MM Largo chambered handguns give out. The 9MM Largo max pressure is about 28,000 lbs sqr inch, The 38 Auto max pressure 26,500 while the 38 Super 36,500 lbs sqr inch.

    From the 9MM Largo website; "The vintage 9mm Largo firearms that are available were not designed to be fired with .38 Super ammunition! The metallurgy of your pistol was not designed to handle .38 Super pressures. It was designed to handle 9mm Largo, and some of them were designed to chamber .38 ACP. When the pistol was new it could probably handle a certain number of .38 Super rounds. As it nears the end of its service life it gets weaker from containing the pressures of firing and the mechanical action of functioning. Firing .38 Super in your 9mm Largo firearm is much like firing +P+ ammunition in a firearm not designed for it."

    You do what you want, an argument could be made that the Star B model chambered in 9MM Parabellum (35K max) shoots a round with pressures very close to those of the 38 Super, and that the only difference between an A model (9MM Largo) and the B model is the chamber dimensions.

    I have a pristine Star A model, but I will not shoot 38 Super in it even though it accepts both 38 Auto and 38 Super cartridges. The 9MM Largo chambered Star super 9MM is exactly the same in that regard.
  16. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    I have a Star b in 9mm luger. There's a lot I like about the pistol, but if you are in the market I would spend a little more and get an RIA 1911 in 9mm. The makers of the Star pistols closed some time ago. Most parts are still available, but as the stocks get used up... who knows. Do a search for Spanish firearms forum or star pistol forum (if they are still around) you will find info on spare parts there.

    Mine was kind of a nightmare to get running correctly, but it has been mostly reliable recently. I don't like odd ball calibers like the the largo, especially when the pistol is available in 9mm lugar.
  17. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

  18. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    The Star Model Supers are nice, sturdy, well-made guns. I've got a bunch of CCI 9mm Largo Gold Dot HPs, that shoot really well, and Starline makes 9x23mm brass cases that you can reload for the Largo. I also got a 9mm Luger replacement barrel a few years ago, but I believe the company that made them is out of business, now. That's the only real drawback to the Star line - now that Star is out of business, spare parts and magazines are getting harder to find, and more expensive. I don't shoot mine as often as I used to, for that very reason.
  19. jbkebert

    jbkebert Well-Known Member

    I had one of those. My first centerfire handgun I bought it when I was maybe 14. Shot the heck out of that gun and it always worked well. Ended up trading it off for a Savage 24f in .223/20ga From what I remember mine was fairly beat up but performed like a champ.

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