Friday, September 13, 2019

An old Star clone



This is a very interesting gun. It is not a Star. It is a copy of sorts. Likely a hand made copy, likely due to guesses at timeframe, from China or similar areas in east Asia.



Hand made doesn't mean it's a one-off, but was mass produced such as it was, in a distributed workshop, off a master plan but with rudimentary tools. Often, just a vise and a set of hand files! There is no casting or forging, just a block of questionable metal, cut to shape and finished. Nope, no heat treat either. See the broken extractor as an example. 

Aside from poor shaping work and never-built things like model F features in a model I (squared barrel, etc) .32, the irregular and inconsistent stamping is the giveaway. Multiple nationalities (US, Spanish, German, maybe UK with the arrows) is common for these. I guess the theory was that you as a buyer recognize one as quality, so buy it based on that. 


Stocks are unusual but not unprecedented. Most of these have bad wood, but some have molded-from-original plastic like this. Look close and you'll see not wear, but actual distortion in the checkering, the logo. That's bad mold work, never seen on major maker gun stocks. The bottom also looks like wood and has been fitted, so the mold for the stocks was very strange indeed. 


While interesting pieces, and a few do collect them, these knockoffs are generally not safe to use. Even in low calibers like .32, I would look at it, boggle over it, but not actually load and shoot one even on a dare. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Star MB and MMS on Forgotten Weapons

Sadly, Ian doesn't seem to know who I am, so this surprised me, but you may enjoy seeing some very nice stocked pistols, and seeing the insane extended magazines actually being handled so you can see the size.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BMs for $150, Guardia holsters for $50

Reportedly very nice guns, mostly showing up better than Good condition. Those with bad guns (unreliable, etc.) are generally getting replacements even!



https://www.jgsales.com/star-bm,-9mm-luger,-compact-semi-auto-pistol,-good,-blued,-used.-p-101051.html



$20 for spare mags is not a bad price, get more if you buy one of these.


A different place is selling rather nice, maybe unissued, Guardia Civil holsters for the BM for $50. Which these days is a good price for any decent holster. One specifically for the gun, with some history? Great deal



https://www.northridgeinc.com/STAR-PISTOL-MODEL-BM-HOLSTER-p/star-1.htm



Thursday, February 14, 2019

CETME L in the US

Not Star, but Spanish so some of you may be interested in this.

Some years back, the Spanish replaced almost all of their CETME Ls with locally made G36s. They really, really leaned into this, as the old guns were sold off, and a good number of them made it to the US, as parts kits.

G36s, unknown shotguns, and a Z84 on a Spanish VBSS team in a RHIB.

A few have been assembled one way or another, but now someone has gone way over the top, and not just re-assembled them legally but made a lot of new parts including all new furniture! Detailed discussion of them on this forum, with many photos, here:

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/marcolmar-and-hmg-cetme-l-a-detailed-comparison.847432

The CETME A and C became the G3 rifle when the Germans adopted the design, and have many interchangeable parts. The CETME L on the other hand, despite being roller locked, has no interchangeability with the HK33 series. The receiver, and cocking tube, are square for example.





Monday, December 31, 2018

Z45 from Royal Armories

Yes, still getting through the guns I explored at the Royal Armories this past summer. Today, I've finished the Z45. For a plain-vanilla post-war tube gun, some interesting stuff really.

Mostly, I also grabbed a WW2 German MP40, and put them side by side. The Z45 is similar, as happens, but simply not a copy. So we can dismiss that commonly held misconception.


I also found out about some of the other odd features it has, like this cool but unique anti-bounce bolt lock:


And, a very odd removable barrel. The barrel shroud does not come off, so it doesn't shorten the gun. This is unprecedented on an SMG as far as I know.



Check it all out over at the Z-45 series page.