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Star Mod. A/B series (Spain)
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Star Mod. A/B series

Star model B-Super (models A, A-Super and B looks exactly the same), left side

Star Mod. A/B series

Star model B-Super, right side

Star Mod. A/B series

Star model B, first version (1922)

Star Mod. A/B series

Star Mod. A/B series

Star model B Super pistol, disasembled into main parts

Caliber :   9x23mm Largo (mod. A / A-Super), 9x19mm Luger (mod. B / B-Super)
Action : SA - Single action
Length : 216 mm
Height : 146 mm
Barrel length : 122 mm
Weight unloaded : 1085 gramms
Capacity : 8 rounds
  Download Users Manual Download Star Mod. A/B series Users Manual

The whole family of the "Star" pistol was (and stil is) manufactured by the Spain-based company Bonifacio Echeverria, SA. Back in the 1920s the company began to develop semi-automatic pistols, based on Browning-designed Colt M1911 design. These pistols were more or less similar to the original M1911, but usually chambered for 9x19mm Luger or 9x23mm Largo (Bergmann-Bayard) rounds. The Star mod. A was chambered for 9mm Largo ammunition and mostly used in the Spain. The mod. B was chambered for 9x19mm Luger and had been widely exported into many countries, including Hitlers' Germany, and had been used during World War 2. Pistols marked 9 mm / 38 are designed to fire .38 ACP and 9 mm Largo ammunition, but NEVER .38 Super. Even the model M, with it's extra strength was simply conceived decades before .38 Super or other powerful cartridges existed, so cannot safely fire those cartridges. The Model B Super replaced the Mod. B in the production and in the Spain Army arsenals, and had been in production in 1946 - 1965, and had been in use by Spanish military until early 1990s, when new Star M30 had been adopted as a new service sidearm. The Star pistols, mod. A and B were similar in design and differed mostly in caliber. All these pistols were recoil operated, locked breech, single action pistols that used Browning-deigned, linked barrel locking principle. The models A Super and B Super differed from mod. A and B, respectively, only in that the Super model utilised linkless locking scheme, similar to that used in Browning High Power pistols. Being very similar in appearance to the Colt m1911A1 pistols, the Star pistols had some differences. First, these pistols had no automated grip safety, and no detachable backstrap/mainspring housing Second, Star pistols had simplified trigger/sear design with single trigger link, and pivoting trigger Third, external safety swiths locked the hammer, not the sear Fourth, Star pistols featured exetrnal extractors Fifth, as noted above, Star A Super and B Super also had different barrel locking/unlocking In general, all these pistols were of high quality, and offered good performance
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