Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Alte Schule, Jun 8, 2021.
Anything I need to know or look out for. I’m not a novice just new to this particular firearm.
Alte Schule! Congrats on the acquisition!
Aside from their unfortunate model designation and somewhat frangible firing pins, the Star BMs are, IMO, dandy little 9x19 pistols.
I have 4, two of which I bought for a pittance in rode-hard-put-away-wet condition and then repaired & reblued (magnetited, actually).
For a long time they were my farm-walkabout handguns when I absolutely planned on pausing a some point for a plinking session.
I have always found them to be comfortable-in-my-hand, accurate & reliable ... with so-so sights and a bit on the heavy side for their size (all-steel, dontchaknow).
Gotta agree with retDac about the firing pin. Unless mine broke on the last round of the last outing, I believe mine broke from very little dry firing.
The non inertial (it is 2.0 inches long) will protrude out of the bolt face when the hammer is fully down. The inertial will not. Clearly the inertial will be a superior item.
Do not dry fire without a good snap cap. Finally, the barrel does NOT contact the frame in full recoil stressing the barrel link significantly. You can get new high quality barrel links
from Evolution Gun Works. You also can shim the frame so the barrel does contact the frame in full recoil taking the strain off the barrel link (You tube video for that) Of note, the safety is very effective, It cams the hammer back off of the sear, If it ever should break, the sear is still there to stop the hammer.
Numrich has a lot of parts for the Star BM including the inertial firing pin.
Do as Velocette says. Go to You-Tube and watch the video about shimming the frame so you will not break the barrel link. It is a simple fix and the problem is easy to understand.
dandy little 9x19 pistols."
That's a good one!
I like my "Star pistol with an unfortunate model designation".
I got mine when they came over a few years ago and were still pretty cheap. The OP got a very nice-looking one.
The BM uses a swinging link, like a 1911. The Super B uses a "cam" thingy like a BHP.
My BM is reliable, accurate, and balances well. It's smaller than a 1911, but is plenty sturdy to where the 9mm doesn't have much recoil.
It's a fun range toy, and another pistol that I would feel confident with if needed.
Star BM 9mm by Tallball posted Dec 28, 2017 at 4:17 PM
Star BM, BKM, BKS 9m/m pistol (jackfirstinc.com)
Here's some nice grips: Star BM Cocobolo Wood Grips, Cresta Wave Pattern, Checkered and Stippled. (jgsales.com)
I ordered two firing pins today. Probably will order a new barrel and barrel links soon.
It is a superb handgun, light weight and very accurate.
Somehow I missed the youtube video on the shim that can solve or temper that issue. I also learned about needing to check the firing pin to see if it is the latter model (inertial). More reasons to love THR.
It is heavy but that is part of its charm when you shoot it.
Enjoy your new pistol.
For years I kept my eyes peeled a decent-price/-condition BKM. No Joy.
In the late 70s I really wanted a Star PD (lightweight .45acp, for those who are not familiar) to replace (or join) my .45acp Colt Combat Commander in my carry line-up. No Joy, at that time.
... but in 2005, within 3 months I came across 2 PDs, both in excellent shape and for outstanding prices, especially the 2nd ($250 & $205).
Maybe I will try another run at a BKM search ... well, after the all-things-firearms-related pricing&availability Insanity ends.
They are uncomfortable with 147gr 9x19.
Given the variety of 9x19 out there, it can be a long search to find the goldilocks load.
Very tempted to try again with the latest slew of BM’s, though.
You'll be surprised what a nice shooter it is.
If I were a LEO back in the day, I would prefer the BM to a Model 10, and I'm a revolver guy.
Dang, really? I'd buy it from you for what you paid.
Big fan of Star pistols. The PD and Firestar are my favorites, but the Model B and the BM are seriously worthy working guns.
Not so much with 115 grain “practice ammo”.
Our highly-seasoned gunsmith (Vietnam infantry vet) suggested the heavier bullets.
Very nice overall ergos with my Star BM.
Nice find! Yours is in much better condition than the one I picked up 20 years ago when they were coming into the country. I have fed mine everything from factory WWB (Winchester White Box) to handloaded 125gr. LSWC and it just eats them up. The only bullet it kind-of-sort-of doesn't "like" is the 124gr. Remington Golden Saber - it tends to stovepipe about every 20th round. Not sure why but it happens with both magazines with every bath of GS I've tried.
Other than that, if you handload, use it for testing because it's a really solid little gun.
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