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Star BM

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Berto, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Looks like my first gun of the year is going to be interchangable with "turd".It appears to be one of the CAI imports from a few years ago. Exterior is well worn. little bluing left on frontstrap. but top end looks fair.Inside mechanicals looked much better. not sure about barrel...a few quick patches produced a 100% improvement. but until I get it home and really scrub the bore. it could have some throat erosion...or not. Any input. experiences or links for parts would be great. Sorry if this looks weird. I'm using a phone until my new internet tubes are hooked up.
     
  2. bac1023

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    I don't own a BM, but just picked up a Star 30M. I like it quite a bit.
     

  3. moeman

    moeman

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    Berto check out this fine site (many other guns critiqued too):

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/Critical Look at Star Model BM.htm

    From site:

    Strong & Weak Points: For the traditionalist the Star presents an inexpensive 9mm pistol constructed completely of forged steel parts as it precedes the age of MIM. It offers classic single-action and is not too dissimilar looking to the abbreviated 1911's like the Commander. The gun is pretty accurate and in my experiences with perhaps half a dozen over the years, reliable…with many different JHP designs but not necessarily all. The gun shown absolutely will not feed Remington Golden Sabers, but eats up the often hesitant to feed Corbon 115-gr. JHP!
     
  4. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Thanks guys. I've read that article along with most of his others....always great stuff and blame SAC for at least half of the "gun kicks" I've been on. :)
     
  5. moeman

    moeman

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    What's SAC?
     
  6. HiVelSword

    HiVelSword Sweetn the ride

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    The Star BM is one of my faves. I'm hoping to find one in nice condition myself (and have the spare loot at the same time).

    The BM makes me yearn for a current steel or aluminum frame single stack, single action 4-4.5 inch barrel without a grip safety. Alas, hi cap and polymer are en vogue so I doubt I'll ever see one.
     
  7. HiVelSword

    HiVelSword Sweetn the ride

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    Stephen A. Camp

    You know, the guy who writes the articles on the site you recommended. ;)
     
  8. moeman

    moeman

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    Commander sized 1911??
     
  9. bac1023

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    He said without a grip safety. ;)
     
  10. moeman

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    Dooh!

    [​IMG]
     
  11. RFPhoto

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    I liked my Star BM but word to the wise...do not dry fire. Firing pins are almost impossible to find. (at least when I owned mine over 5 years back).

    Great gun and accurate.
     
  12. HiVelSword

    HiVelSword Sweetn the ride

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    Yup, No GS. What I want doesn't exist outside a Star BM/BKM. Forgot that the Star had a 3.77" barrel so I'd want a 4".

    I guess I could get a Kimber Pro Carry, install an arched MSH and pin the grip safety.

    Be nicer if I could get what I want out of the box.
     
  13. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

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    Need pics. :)

    deadite
     
  14. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

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    Don't know where this turd thing came from. Maybe from the long held quotes that all Spanish firearms are crap (I've come to appreciate some of their more quality brands through contact with friends who were always on the lookout for value). They are good quality pistols. Mine was one of the CAI imports with a worn finish. That just made me not baby it. There are still some LN condition civilian imports around for good prices but not nearly the $170 I paid for mine. I hadn't considered them until a gunsmith I know told me they were great buys. His recommendations had in dead on in the past and he was equally correct this time. My only concern really is spare parts. Every now and again you see some parts appear on gunbroker. Even on my aged and worn specimen, you could tell it was well made.
     
  15. Deaf Smith

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    I've owned several BMs and all worked fine.

    Make sure the firing pin is not longer than the length of travel.

    You can do this with an empty gun by putting a primed cartridge case (NO BULLET OR POWER, JUST PRIMER) and lowering the hammer onto the firing pin. Then just point the gun in a safe direction and give the hammer a rap on the back with a plastic mallet. If the primer fires then the firing pin was touching the primer so don't carry it with the hammer down on the primer!

    Oh, and their magazines are real well made.

    Also, check to see if the magazine safety works cause some people take those things out of them.

    Deaf
     
  16. moeman

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    How about a grip cocker? P7M8...Sweet SA triggers
     
  17. bac1023

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    Love the P7M8. :supergrin:
     
  18. HiVelSword

    HiVelSword Sweetn the ride

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    Great pistol no doubt but it's not in the same vein as the Star BM.
     
  19. keninnavarre

    keninnavarre bulletproof

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    Hey Berto. Ive had a Star BM for a while now, its a great shooter. Mine will feed any ammo Ive tried so far, never any problems. I picked upa few extra mags on Gunbroker, the mags are well made. At some time or another, the mag sagety was removed from mine.

    I have a model A also, in 9mm Largo.

    Heres a PDF owners manual

    http://www.stevespages.com/pdf/star.pdf

    Heres a pic of mine

    [​IMG]
     
  20. bac1023

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    Very true.