Star started in
1905 and by 1914 they were making the Model 1914 which the French government
bought, but it was expensive. When WWI broke out they decided they
needed a cheaper gun so they bought the Ruby from Gabilondo y Cia.
Echeverria soon made the gun he called the Izarra, Basque for Star, which
was similiar to the Ruby and would meet all of the French requirements.
Izarra models were in 7.65mm and factory stamped with the encircled letter
I code on the tang as well as on the 3 nickel plated magazines shipped
with each gun. Star produced 57,000 of them along with more of the
model 1914 during the war.
Star 1914 in 7.65
mm used by the French during WWI and later. This gun is not nickle
as it looks but blue with original grips used by the French. The gun also
came in the shorter barrel for commercial sales.
After the war was
over Echeverria went back to the 1914 model and improved it. Now calling
it the model 1919. 7.65 mm & .380 calibers. Hammer and
lanyard swivel were the two most obvious changes.
In 1920 they came
out with the Military model 1920 which was purchased by the Spanish Guardia
Civil. This gun resembled the Colt 1911 in most respects but its
inter workings are different, only using the Browning tipping barrel design.
9 mm Largo Caliber.
A year later Star
came out with the Star 1921 which initally had the grip safety but this
was not liked by the Spanish Guardia Civil and it was removed before the
year was over. The front sight is wrong on this gun.
This model was called
the 1922. The rear sight is adjustable with a screw on the right
side and it has a thumb safety just as the Colt 1911. 9 mm Largo
caliber. Commercial A model designation with the plastic grips but
this gun is actually a Guardia Civil Crown over GC marked slide with matching
GC marked mag. Do not know why it has plastic grips but suspect it
was in a rebuild when traded for Model A of 1931. These guns were
exported to USA.
On the next variation
A model 1931 they added the arched backstrap and the cutouts behind the
trigger. The hammer was reshaped but the hole was retained and the safety
shape also changed. Like the previous models it does not have a safety
when the mag is pulled and if there is a bullet in the chamber it can be
fired. 9 mm Largo Caliber. This gun is again a
GC marked gun with plastic grips made in 1934.
In the years after
the war the A model was made in limited numbers in 9mm Parabellum.
The A was made for the Spanish Military and for commercial buyers all over
the world. This particular gun is marked with an Air Force mark,
made in 1946 and is when they started using the ergo bump on the front
strap. Early variations were straight.
Model AS is much
the same gun with the magazine safety feature added.
The Modelo Super
which is an A model with EZ takedown lever on the right side of the frame,
and has a longer barrel. Drop the magazine, rotate the lever to the
front and the slide, barrel assembly will slide off. This model does
not have the barrel link. This model also has the mag safety and
this gun has the Army proof mark which is an I inside a flaming bomb.
The model B is just
an upgraded version of the A and was made in 9 mm Parabellum instead of
Largo. These guns were sold to Germany and Bulgaria during WWII and
the Bulgarians are often faked as being WaA251 marked. You should
watch for the P08 caliber marking on the barrel & slide and make sure
they have the correct serial number range. The last shipment of guns
to the Germans was not picked up at the Spanish border as they should have
been because the Allies were in France and the Germans could not get to
them. They were then carried back to the Star factory where they
sat until the Post War German Police needed them and most are marked LPN
on the front grip strap. This gun is an LPN but a later made one.
All parts are marked with a Police serial number.
Shown with the takedown
lever slide lock pulled out just like on a 1911 Colt. Lower photo
shows connector link which is on all but the super models. Spring
is sitting there because it wants to and could fly any minute.
The next gun again
is a model B with some history. It is one of the guns sent to Bulgaria,
but is marked with the German Waffenampt WaA251. It is faked so don't
be fooled. Check the serial numbers to make sure the Waffenampt is
good. There were a lot of them being sold by some dealer. Won't
mention any names because I am not sure they were aware of it at the time
they were selling them. Bulgarian numbers range from 225007-225775;
226101-230331; 230332-230375; 230826-231756; 231758-235782;
235901-240900. These guns are at the time being sold again with the
fake marking. We are being told they came in from Russia and were
capture guns but the Bulgarians more or less had nothing to do with Germany
although they were allies. The Bulgarians never entered Russia to
fight so I figure if the Russians actually had them, they were aquirred
during the cold war era and these marks were applied to get more money
for them. A real one will sell for about $1000.00 at the time.
The model BS is
a B with the safety added to the magazine.
The model B Super
is the same as the Modelo Super with the mods for the B series. 9
mm Parabellum. The serial number on the right side is Military and all
proofs are under the left grip.
Removal of the Mag
is required to take this gun down just like on the other models, but a
simple twist of the lever forward like shown will release the slide.
The spring on the slide below is held captive and is not likely to fly.
Note that the barrel does not have the link as with the other guns and
is held in place by the notch in the bottom lug. This is a gun that
I use and I have replaced the plastic checkered grips with some from 4S
The model P is a
model A in concept with a wider frame to handle the .45 ACP caliber.
This gun is from a 1948 Argentine Contract for the Buenos Aires Police
and has that marking on the right side of the frame.
The model PS is
just the same as the P except with the magazine safety and different magazine.
It is the fourth in a series of variations. This is a commercial
model with the main customer being the USA. This gun is super accurate
and will digest any ammo I have fed it without a hitch. Mags are
very hard to find. This is an early variation with the old type ergo
bump. Last variation of this gun had the smaller bump like the Super
Model PD is another
in the series of .45 cal Stars. Very light with anodized alloy frame
and a nice gun for concealed carry. Rear sight is adjustable.
There are two variations, one has different serrations on the slide
The Model M is built
on a large frame like the P but is in several calibers, including 9mm Largo.
Some of the M's have a stock lug and stock.
The model I
is 7.65 and made in several barrel lengths. More or less an up grade
of the 1919 to the new configueration
The Model Super
S has the takedown features of all the Super models with the disconnector
lever on the right side. This gun comes only in .380acp. It
is larger than the Llama and the Colt making it a little more comfortable
to the hand. This particular gun is very choosey as to what ammo
you can use but when you find a round that works, it works well.
The Model BM was
made for the Guardia Civil and other Police agencies in Spain as well as
Commercial. The gun is made in 9mm Parabellum and has a 4" barrel
with an 8 shot mag. Size is comprable to the Colt Officers model
except for the width. It makes a beautiful carry gun and is as dependable
as they get. You will find them with GC and serial numbers.
PN and serial numbers plus some marked 9mm NATO. The BKM is exactly
the same but with alloy frame which is anodized black. The BM comes
in Blue and Starvel.
The model BKS known
as the Starlite has an anodized alloy frame and comes in 9mm P only.
Weighing in at only 1 lb
10.5 oz. and having
a 4 3/8" barrel.
The Firestar Model
43 is the most compact 9mm in the Star line. It is a very nice, very
accurate gun for its size. It is a six shot with factory mags but
they can be purchased aftermarket in 7 shot. The barrel length is
3 1/4". Fits the same holster I use for a .32 cal. Beretta Model
70. The gun also comes in Starvel which is sometimes mistaken for
stainless steel but it is electroless nickle which needs to be treated
with a special lubricant because it will gauld. The gun was made
in .40 caliber, Firestar Model 40, and .45 caliber, Firestar Model 45.
All the same frame and the .45 is a hand full when you pull the trigger.
Very nice, easy to conceal for CHL. Like my credit card I didn't
leave home without it until I got the .40 cal. To me this is by far the
best gun Star ever made. Its heavy, small and accurate which makes
it great for concealed carry.
Firestar Plus 9MM
P is an anodized alloy frame high capacity model that comes both in blue
black and starvel finish. This gun has a mag capacity of 13 rounds
or 10 rounds depending on the mag you use. Note that the model 28
and later guns used the slide inside of the frame giving one more rail
to keep the slide tight for better accuracy. This was first used
in the Mab 35A and then in the Sig P210 which is a copy of the Mab 35A
for the most part as they bought the patent rights.
The Star model 28
was developed with intentions of selling it to the Spanish Army but when
tested it did not pass the tests so it was modified and a contract was
signed for them. The GC wanted lighter frames so they made them from
aluminum with shorter barrels and designated them the 28PK. The P
being short barrel Police and the K being alloy. This gun pictured
is the M28 all steel frame of which there were about 16,000 made.
The Star model 31
was one of the last improvements to this series and the one pictured is
the 31P short barrel police.
Due to the introduction
of the tupperware frame, Star got into the act with the Ultra Star.
The one shown is 9mm, with 9 in the mag and one in the chamber. Really
a good feeling gun to shoot. Also comes in .40SW.
This is the type
of holster sent with the Izarra to France. They were made by a contractor,
sent to Star, and then shipped with the guns. This is a reproduction
that is not quite correct, button is wrong type. Contains a mag pouch
inside for two mags.
This is a pre civil
war and civil war holster used by the Republican Army.
holster was sent with the Model B to Germany.
The Spanish Military
used this holster Post Civil War for their A models. Supers will
not fit. Has Eagle shield that Franco adopted from earlier Republican
Army. It is the shield of St. James the Lessor, Patron St. of the
Holster used by
the LPN for their Model B. Serial number is on the back right hand
side if facing you.
Bulgarian Star holster.
Not sure of the time frame as they used a dark red type holster for the
Star also and they were marked made by a German Company. This one
has to be later than that. Appears to be new and really doesn't fit
right but they came with the Stars imported from Bulgaria. May be
for a version of the Tokarev as it remindes me of that type holster.
Holster that the
Guardia Civil used with the Model BM