Thursday, October 24, 2019

Star SMGs in Syria

Okay, really only one. But this morning the OSINT expert who shares as Calibre Obscura sent me these photos of a Z62 with Z70 markings for sale in good condition, with at least the one mag, and  for $275! in Syria.



Now, before you go thinking the markings mean it's sketchy or a clone or whatever, it is not.

Two guns I inspected in the Royal Armories were the same, and aside from having work and a toddler, I haven't gotten this posted because it's not just a matter of updating some details and adding awesome photos, but trying to figure out what the system actually IS.

There's something odd going on regarding what is a Z62, a Z70, and a Z70/B and it doesn't seem to be the features we've been told and categorized them as before like double triggers, but something else.

I'll get it worked out sometime, I promise!




Sunday, September 22, 2019

Classic Compact Gun Porn

Friend came over for various things, including showing off his rather nice (but for the CAI paragraph of pin stamping) BM. So, stuck it next to the PD — man are they the exact same size — and took some shots of them that turned out well and you may enjoy.

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