Thursday, October 7, 2021

PD Buffers Going Away, or Are They?

Apparently some small shop or individual guy makes the new-production, modern-technology buffers that let us all shoot our PDs without cracking them. 

He's now looking to retire and either will stop production or someone will get the business to make them from him. 

So, snap up the ones you need now

Or, if you want a small business making polymer things, try to contact the guy and see what he wants for it. I am not a member of the forum but have my own ideas if anyone does get in touch:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

BM Parts

 J&G has a smallish selection of parts for pretty good prices, including important and hard to find bits like the slide stop, and grip screws, but sadly no extractors or ejectors. They even have full slides and frames so I assume the big surplus order they got had lots of unserviceable guns and this is the leftovers after they put together some parts guns. 

While you are there, get a box to complete your gun also.

My search for a Super slide stop lever continues however.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Star Pistol "Parts Kits"

Long ago a good way to get parts of obscure guns was to go to the local gunsmith, who would have many drawers or boxes or Akro bins with half a gun laying in them. Dozens of guns See, at least in some parts of the country, up through the mi-90s at least, when police departments seized guns and couldn't find their owner, they often would have to by law destroy them, but they'd have a gunsmith in town do that, and he'd negotiate to do that cheap or free by keeping the parts after the frame was legally destroyed.

Well, something like it is back!

A place I have never heard of before, Every Gun Part, has a lot of what must be these things still, for all sorts of manufacturers. Enough they have a dozen Star kits. No idea how long that'll last, but they have them now!

If desperate for parts, this may be good way to go. Naturally, no B Super for me! And... they have a model "SA" (it appears to be a Super S) so, use caution ordering, look close at the photos and don't trust their labels.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Idlib Gunsmiths Ruin Model B

I mean, it could be an A, or M, but probably a post-war B. Was in great shape, until they cut slots in the slide. I don't even mind the paint so much as it probably had a bad finish, the stocks are nice, but the cuts!

Lower gun is, of course, a PM-63 RAK, one of the few true "machine pistols" ever made.

From the excellent OSINT arms source CalibreObscura.

Beautiful Model 1922

I get a couple emails a week from readers asking for help IDing guns. I am happy to help, but do note that you can generally do this yourself. There is an entire page to help understand naming and how to find your model number, another on a fairly foolproof way to get the date your gun was made, and of once you know this, you can go to the series pages and get a lot more details.

But sometimes, there's something really interesting, and it makes this all worthwhile. 

Most gun makes and types are not really collected. They are used, then used up, then disappear. Issue weapons from countries without a strong firearms culture, or for whom the US — the biggest market for collectors — doesn't much care about, get really, really worn out, or neglected, or both.

The oldest of the Spanish Star pistols are well over 100 years old now, but they are mostly pretty rarely encountered. Even museum pieces are often quite worn, or damaged. Let's take the Model 1922 pistol, the first of the "1911-clone" (wrong!) Stars, issued based on a string of revised requirements to the Guardia Civil, then made into the commercial model A, and re-chambered to the commercial model B and so if they were collected, pretty historically interesting guns (they also got up to some good wars, saw some action that should be legend but... is just lost).

Well, a reader shared with me this Guardia-stamped Model 1922, with the original box, the other day.

When he started asking, based on the info provided, I said "model A, next!" and then the date codes didn't make sense, so he sent photos. Yup, it's a 96 year old gun in almost unbelievable shape, especially for an issued pistol. With the original Guardia stamped magazines even.

It is so nice, it's replaced images of much more worn guns on the Model A page. This sort of stuff makes collecting the un-collectible guns like Stars worth it. These sorts of guns are uninteresting to the US collector community, so often command maybe a $20 premium over the normal $2-400 price of a Model A/B, or may be regarded as old and weird, and can be had for a song.

Keep your eyes open!