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.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Forgotten Weapons on the Colt Hartford M30s

I haven't even watched this yet, but Ian at Forgotten Weapons always has good info, and we don't see much of the Star guns over there, so this is a bit of a treat.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

You guys are a bad influence

I try not to just be a collector, and have for a long time had only one Star pistol to my name. But a little while ago I got that Super B that I have been messing with, and just yesterday my local gun store had the nicest PD I have seen in 20 years.

1978 dated (X1) so of course all Starvel. This is not my thing at all. I am not a fine-finishes guy, so will just go watch some The Deuce, and remember my (actual, Sicilian) mobster ancestors, and just channel the era when I go fondle or shoot it.

The Starvel is just lovely. Not just shiny, but a very hard wearing finish so is in perfect shape everywhere. Some late production PDs were not of the best build quality, and many were shot a lot with 1970s aluminum technology, got stretched and worn.

This one is so very nice and the Starvel makes it clear how well finished every surface is, inside and out. Not a tool mark on it.

I'd also forgotten how comfortable and compact they are. At the same store we looked at some other things, and old compact pistols are often not very compact. The HSc, for example, I always remembered as a compact but it is really quite large and boxy, and it only shoots .32 or .380!

The PD is a hell of a small and slick gun for .45 even today, and must have been simply an amazing revelation of firearms technology in the 70s.


Of course, I forgot that I have simplified my life so have almost no .45 on hand even! Now to dive back into that caliber. I did keep a couple holsters including a lovely 1911 Arratoonian that works well.


Haven't done a detail strip, but got the stocks off (proofs are under there) and have the (very dry) stocks soaking up some linseed oil. Stock screws were also loose.

Got dropped at some point, so there was a burr on the rear sight blade and some dinks on the front ramp. Aside from not wanting to file through the Starvel: you can't. So the front is staying that way, but I cleaned up the rear, and put some cold blue across all of those black bits. Nice, without considering it an actual refurbishment.

Recoil spring and buffer (it had none) on the way. Jack First has a pretty good selection of many wear parts for B, F, PD and I guess M43 (just calls it "Firestar 9 mm"). So, no excuse to not change springs, extractors, ejectors, or pins out still.

Came with a box, but that's it. And with mags upwards of $60, that is disappointing. But it's a fun gun, not a daily carry piece, so will probably be fine without too many accessories, etc.


And yes, more to share about SMGs from the National Firearms Center. Sometime I will get my head around all that stuff! Promise!