Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by FL-NC, Jul 29, 2021.
I've heard good things about them. Sturdy and reliable are most often mentioned. Down side is magazines and parts are hard to find and to face facts modern 9MM guns of that size are just better.
I do enjoy shooting it, and it functions well with 115 or 124 FMJ. It does have some history, and I'd encourage looking that up, if you are interested militarily.
For most folk, range duty or with properly tested ammo, it could serve a solid role as a nightstand gun. Maybe a bit heavy for carry, though.
I like mine fine. No problems BUT do not dry-fire it or you will be hunting a new firing pin which are hard to find and therefore more expensive than they should be.
I don't like plastic guns and this BM is my cup of tea. My 15 y.o. granddaughter shot mine with hot handloads and really likes it.
Star BM, BKM, BKS 9m/m pistol (jackfirstinc.com)
Comparing the two parts, my old extractor looked like it had been chewed by beavers. It explained my initial problems with the gun.
It's been fine ever since. I put it in rotation when checking out rounds, including JHPs, even though I don't carry it for defense. It has not choked on any of them, including my reloads.
As stated above, it's a good gun for training beginners.
They were suitable for police use back in the 70's or whenever: basically a smaller 1911 in 9mm and no grip safety.
I like mine. It's a good shooter. Its weight makes the recoil very easy. Mine has never malfunctioned.
Star BM 9mm by Tallball posted Dec 28, 2017 at 4:17 PM
I like the Star BM a lot ... well, for the English-speaking market the model designation could be better.
I bought my first pair a few weeks apart in '02. When I received the initial pistol I disassembled, inspected, reassembled and testfired it out back. I found it to be a (relatively) heavy, old-school STEEL pistol that was accurate, comfortable, concealable and a delight to shoot.
I immediately ordered the 2nd.
Shortly thereafter, they seemed to disappear from the marketplace.
When I saw some pop up in '04, even though these were probably best described as "rode hard & put away wet" (which the pricing reflected), I quickly placed my order for another pair. I had to do some repairs, crafted at least one missing part and reblued them (just straight Fe3O4 magnetite) on the back patio during one of the last of my efforts in that arena.
BTW, be sure to read this recent Thread:
For me it’s basically a range toy, I have plenty of guns that fill duty rolls. I’ve shot several of them, probably ten or more and have found that they all shot very well. I had a set of aftermarket grips, but found them to be to thick. I gave them to @H&R Glock and he said that he really likes them. I guess he has bigger hands then me.
My older son (quite a few years ago, he's 28 now) shooting my Star BM. It fit him perfectly at the time.
@GeoDudeFlorida How do you like the BM compared to the Firestars?
I have a SUper A in 9mm Largo and two Firestars. I do like the Firestars and how they shoot for a small pistol. One is in 9mm and the other in 40 S&W.
I have two Firestars: 9mm and .45ACP. In terms of a small format pistol I've never tried better. I'm told by a fella who has one, they're one of the first and best of the .40S&W's. The BM is much more comfortable to shoot - it fits my hand as well if not better than the 9mm Firestar - but I like the 9mm Firestar better overall. The .45ACP Firestar is my favorite in that caliber, and I have a couple of Springfields, an accurized Auto Ordnance, and a Remington-Rand 1911A1 WW-Second US Army issue. The BM is nice and I like it but the Firestars are just a better design and better built, in my opinion.
I did manage to score 2 vg/exc Star PDs (.45acp w/alloy frames) on separate occasions and for good prices in Spring ($250) & Summer ($205) of '05. I had originally wanted one of those during '75 & '76 off-seasons while I was working graveyard shift at a new beachfront hotel ("Interesting Times") but had to settle for a .45acp Colt's Combat Commander.
lute-ly! Thank you!
I only shoot them rarely, but shooting one (or both) always begins with a buffer (and recoil spring assy & frame) inspection on both.
I was so impressed with the form and function that I also bought 4 of them. One of them wears the beautiful grips that the Gunny was talking about. Thanks again Sarge.
Check it out...."RACING STRIPES"
If I could find another one in the same condition as my first 4, I'd also buy it as an investment. You just hafta' suck up on surplus guns when they are released, or you always regret it. Guns are what stimulus checks are for. Your insurance against inflation!
You also need a good dachshund to guard your guns.
I LIKE my 3 Stars...*****!
Top: 9mm Luger
Uncased: 9mm Largo
TRUE THAT! RE: having extra buffers on hand.
Things to do with your Star B Medium, After you have cleaned it thoroughly, and lubricated it properly. Shim the barrel stop (U tube is your friend) Replace the barrel link with an EGW link, Replace the firing pin with an inertial firing pin, (Numrich Gun Parts has them, they are shorter than the original) then fill it up with ammo and shoot the snot out of it. Replacement grips are readily available and moderately priced. Parts seem to be available too.
They are a darned good pistol for a moderate price.
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